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Making sure you're on track for the perfect wedding.

Updated: Feb 23, 2022

This wedding timeline should help you figure out when to get things done, if you haven't thought about your timeline already!


-Announce Engagement

-Select Wedding Date

-Hire wedding consultant/coordinator

-Determine type of wedding: location, theme, # of guests, formality, time of day

-Determine budget and how expenses will be shared

-Create an approximate number guest list

-Select & reserve ceremony site

-Book with Lauren Baker Photography for wedding photography & set a date

for your engagement shoot

-Select & book reception location (check out my list of vendors in the area linked in this same email)

-Select & order bridal gown

-Determine color scheme

-If ceremony or reception is at a home, arrange for any home improvements

-Obtain passports, visas, birth certificates, any documents needed for travel

and/or marriage licenses

-Select & book caterer, if needed

-Select wedding party

-Select & buy attire for bridesmaids and flower girl

-Select & buy attire for mothers of the bride & groom

-Select & book live musicians/DJ for reception

-Select & book videographer

-Select & book florist

-Register for your wedding gifts


-Schedule fittings for custom made bridesmaids gowns

-Arrange marriage prep-courses, if necessary

-Reserve rental items

-Select & book decorator

-Select & order invitations & other wedding stationery

-Set date, time & location for rehearsal dinner

-Select & book honeymoon night suite

-Start planning your honeymoon

-Select & order wedding bands


-Take engagement pictures with Lauren Baker Photography

-Select & order wedding cake

-Order party favors

-Select & order decorations

-Select & book wedding day transportation

-Start addressing your invitations

-Go on trials & book wedding day hair & makeup

-Send out your invitations

-Mail invitations to shower

-Get photography permit, if needed


-Record RSVPs & early wedding gifts

-Record shower gifts & send thank-yous

-Purchase ceremony & reception accessories:

guest book, toasting glasses, ring pillow, etc.

-Select & reserve groomsmen’s wedding attire

-Mail invitations to rehearsal dinner

-Plan bridesmaid luncheon

-Select something old, new, borrowed, blue


-Finalize all food & beverages for wedding

-Finalize all ceremony details with Officiant

-Finalize all rehearsal arrangements

-Finalize all floral arrangements

-Final fittings for yourself & bridesmaids

-Make a wedding day itinerary & give a copy to your wedding party & vendors

-Finalize all details with all your vendors

-Decide order of receiving line & head table setting

-Contact guests who haven’t replied

-Pick up wedding rings

-Visit reception site for floor plan & create reception seating plan

-Give musicians a list of your music selections

-Print out seating cards


-Give caterer/reception venue final tally of guests

-Pack for your honeymoon

-Wrap reception favors

-Arrange mail collection while you are on honeymoon


-Eat breakfast

-Pack anything remaining on your “To Bring” list in cars

-Make sure Maid of Honor & Best Man have the rings

-Make sure you have your marriage license, photo permit & Special Occasions Permit, if needed

-Put your engagement ring on your right hand

-Remember to take a moment to enjoy the details of the day you planned so long & hard for


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