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12-18 months

  • Announce engagement to family and friends
  • Discuss “who is paying for what”
  • Set your wedding budget
  • Consider purchasing wedding insurance (before laying down non-refundable deposits)
  • § Research vendors for ideas, services and pricing
  • Create a wedding website
  • Choose your wedding attendants
  • Begin compiling guest list
  • Mail Save the Dates (6-12 months ahead of wedding date)
  • Research wedding dress and veil styles
  • Research and decide on wedding planner

8-10 months

  • Choose bridal party attire
  • § Book vendors
  • Purchase wedding dress 
  • Establish a fitness routine

6-8 months

  • § Research and order Invitations
  • § Begin planning wedding programs
  • § Begin planning honeymoon
  • Register at three national retailers
  • § Choose cake style and baker (schedule tastings)
  • § Reserve any rental equipment
  • § Research and book transportation to and from venues
  • Mail Save the Dates (if you haven’t already)
  • Order wedding bands
  • § Research three different nearby hotels at different price points for OOT guests

4-6 months

  • § Choose and order flowers for wedding party, venues, cake, and attendants.
  • § Make honeymoon reservations
  • Research wedding day hairstyle
  • Choose groomsmen attire
  • § Finalize Favors and Reception Items
  • § Plan welcome baskets for OOT guests
  • § Make and book rehearsal dinner plans

3 months

  • Plan ceremony and reception seating arrangements
  • Experiment with hair and veil with stylist
  • Purchase guestbook (or DIY), toasting flutes, serving pieces, flower basket and ring-bearer pillow

2 months

  • Begin writing vows
  • § Mail Invitations
  • Book spa and beauty treatments for you and your wedding party
  • Review and confirm ceremony details with officiate
  • Purchase gifts for attendants
  • First dress fitting
  • § Submit wedding announcement to newspaper
  • § Finalize transportation arrangements
  • Finalize seating arrangements
  • Finalize playlists with musicians
  • § Create, copy, and send wedding day schedules to vendors, wedding party, parents and officiate
  • Create contact info sheet for your loved ones while you’re on honeymoon
  • § Confirm reservations for OOT guests
  • Confirm that wedding party and parents have their fittings and attire complete

1 month

  • § Call vendors and confirm dates, times, and locations
  • Final dress fitting
  • § Confirm honeymoon reservations
  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Write Thank You notes as gifts are received
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Pick up your marriage license and order 2-3 extra copies
  • § Order wedding programs

2 weeks

  • § Give final count to caterer
  • Update registries
  • Begin breaking in wedding shoes
  • Make necessary arrangements for when on honeymoon: pets, mail…
  • Final haircut and color
  • § Get your playlists to DJ/Musicians
  • Delegate wedding day duties: gift table, guestbook attendant, etc.
  • § Delegate someone to return tuxes and other rental items
  • § Send directions to wedding day transportation drivers

1 week

  • Prepare final payments to vendors
  • Lay out wedding clothes to make sure you have everything
  • § Prepare wedding day emergency kit
  • Give your readers their scripts
  • Spa treatments
  • § Give photographer and videographer request(s) for shots and moments you want captured

The Day Before

  • Mani/Pedi
  • Massage
  • Wedding Rehearsal
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Get to bed at a decent hour!

Day of the Wedding

  • Eat a good breakfast!
  • Mail wedding announcements to extended friends, family, and colleagues (optional)
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready
  • Congratulations! ENJOY the Day!

After the Honeymoon

  • Send Thank You Cards as soon as possible
  • Enjoy your Marriage!

 § = Tasks that your wedding planner or designer may be contracted to take care of.  

Our wedding planner checklist (not the couple’s version) consist of more than one-hundred and fifty items.  Therefore, when retaining our wedding planning services, we stream down your task and free up time for you to enjoy the planning process.  Contact us for a no obligation proposal of services! 
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We can be reached by snail mail at 16516 El Camino Real, Suite 211; Houston, Texas 77062.

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