You have announced your engagement, established a budget, invited your wedding party, and have a tentative guest list... Next on the list is shopping!
Select and book ceremony and reception venue, if you haven't already.
Research and reserve caterer, if not determined by reception venue.
Determine rental needs and book rental company.
Research hotel accommodation for your guests.
Select and book transportation for wedding day. Do you want a party bus? Do your guest need a shuttle to and from the hotel and reception?
BOOKING WEDDING VENDORS
Select and book event planner.
Select and book photographer(s) and schedule engagement photos.
Select and book ceremony musician and/or vocalist.
Select and book reception band or DJ.
Select and book floral designer.
Select and book decorations and rentals.
Select and book cake artist.
Select and book stationery vendor.
Consult with a travel agent about honeymoon deals.
WEDDING DRESS & MENSWEAR
Schedule dress appointments. Most bridal stores require an appointment.
Begin shopping for bridesmaid dresses
Select and order bridal gown.
Select and order bridesmaid dresses.
Select menswear to compliment the dresses.
Collect measurements and shoe sizes from your wedding party.
GIFT REGISTRY & WEBSITE
Create your gift registry.
Create a wedding website.
Your family, friends, and coworkers are excited. Some may want to through you a shower. Showers are a great way to meet future family members, but you only have so many weekends and vacation days available. Sit down make a list of weekends that work well for you. This way, if Aunt Betty wants to through you a bridal shower, you can giver her days that work best for you.
Take time to set up your calendar! The next 9-6 Months will go fast.
FINALIZE GUEST LIST
Compile names and addresses for guest list.
Send out save the dates.
It's time to send out your save the dates! Save the dates should be mailed 6 months before you plan to say "I Do".