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Wedding Planning Timeline//Happy New Year

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First things first, Happy early New Year to everyone! I know it’s a couple of days away, but since this is posting before New Year Eve, I wanted to say it now.  🙂 Also, congratulations to the new brides out there! This is such an exciting time in your life. Let the wedding planning begin!

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Wedding Plan Timelines

Because I am sure there are a ton of brides just beginning their research, I thought it would be a good time to call on my past experience as a wedding photographer! I wanted to talk wedding planning timelines with you. This can vary so much between weddings. In general, though, this is the order with which you can start a plan.

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1 Year Prior

  • Work out a budget. Be sure to give yourself enough to plan your dream wedding!
  • Book a venue. For some venues, one year out may not be enough time.
  • Draft a guest list.
  • Have your engagement party.
  • Register for gifts.
  • Hire your wedding planner.  I highly recommend Megan Rusch Soiree’s.
  • Hire your wedding photographer. I recommend Laura Ann Miller, ImageClairity,  or Conner Photography!

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10 Months Prior

  • Pick an officiant.
  • Choose your bridal party.
  • Meet with caterers, Dj’s, etc.
  • Take engagement photos.
  • Launch your wedding website.

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8 Months Prior

  • Order your dress!
  • Block hotel rooms for guests.
  • Begin cake tastings and order your cake.
  • Begin your makeup trials.  I highly recommend the Blowout Bar or Savanah Summer Beauty.

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6 Months Prior

  • Choose your invitations.  I really like On Three Designs in St. Louis!
  • Send out your Save the Dates.
  • Book your Honeymoon.
  • Order your bridesmaids’ dresses.
  • Purchase your wedding bands.  Check out The Diamond Family in STL. 🙂
  • Book your florist.
  • Arrange transportation.
  • Begin planning your day of timeline.  I am actually planning to make an entire blog post about this in the next few months so stay tuned!
  • Book your BOUDOIR SESSION!!! You knew this was going to be in here some where.

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4 Months Prior

  • Choose your groomsmen’ attire.
  • Plan the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Confirm vendors
  • Confirm your hair and makeup.
  • Choose your music.
  • Finalize the menu and flowers.
  • Order favors.
  • Plan the readings during the wedding and a list of those giving toasts at the reception.
  • Print menu cards and programs.
  • Finalize the order of the ceremony and reception.
  • Send a timeline to your wedding vendors.
  • Have your boudoir session photographed.

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2 Months Prior

  • Mail the invitations.
  • Write/decide on wedding vows.
  • Purchase your day of accessories.
  • Confirm the day of transportation.
  • Meet with/touch base with your vendors.
  • Pick up your BOUDOIR ALBUM!

6 Weeks to 1 Month Prior

  • Get your marriage license.
  • Send out final payments
  • Have your bachelorette party!
  • Have your bridal shower!
  • Confirm times for hair and makeup and the other vendors.
  • Give your shot list to your photographer.
  • Review the music with the DJ.
  • Purchase bridesmaids’ gifts.

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Week of the Wedding

  • Final head count of guests.
  • Finalize the seating chart.
  • Send a timeline to the bridal party.
  • Pick up your dress.
  • Check in one last time with your photographer.
  • Pack for your honeymoon.

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2 Days Prior

Then…

Get married!

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I’m not gonna lie, even writing all that down stressed me out.  Be sure to have a planner and someone you can trust to help you keep on track! Planning a wedding can be so overwhelming and you don’t want to get behind. It’s a special day and you want it to be perfect. 🙂

Again congratulations to all the newly engaged girls out there! I really am so happy for you!

tracy

Tracy Lynn is a boudoir photographer for brides-to-be in the St. Louis area, and a mentor + coach for photographers looking to level up their businesses with better systems and processes.

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