Planning your big day: the countdown!

planning your big dayFiguring out when to book what when is made easier though with our wedding countdown. Beginning with sixteen to nine before your big day, we will continue to add to to the countdown in the blogs that follow…

Sixteen to nine months before

  • Start a wedding folder or binder. Begin leafing through bridal, lifestyle, fashion, gardening, design, and food magazines for inspiration.
  • Work out your budget. Determine how much you have to spend, based on your families’ contributions and your own.
  • Pick your wedding party. As soon as you’re engaged, people will start wondering who’s in!
  • Start the guest list. Make a head count database to use throughout your planning process, with columns for contact info, RSVPs, gifts, and any other relevant information.
  • Reserve your date and venues. Decide whether to have separate locations for the ceremony and the reception, factoring in travel time between the two places.
  • Book your celebrant.
  • Research photographers, bands, florists, and caterers. Keep their contact information in your binder.
  • Throw an engagement party. Remember that your invitees should be on your wedding guest list as well.
  • Hire the photographer and the videographer. No need to talk specifics yet, but be sure that the people you hire are open to doing the shots that you want.
  • Book the entertainment. Attend gigs of potential acts to see how they perform in front of audiences, then reserve your favourite.
  • Meet caterers. If your wedding venue doesn’t offer its own catering service, look for one now and hire the service this month or early next.
  • Purchase your dress. You’ll need to schedule time for at least three fittings.
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. Pick three hotels at different price points close to the reception venue.
  • Register your gift list.


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