Wedding Planning Timeline - The Year At A Glance

WAHOO! He finally popped the question and now you finally get to begin planning the wedding you've been dreaming about forever - but where do you start? You may be tempted to jump right into dress shopping, but would you be better off starting with something else? 

The team at WhereBridesGo is here to help! Here is a complete wedding planning timeline for the year leading up to your big day.


10-12 Months Out
  • Pick your wedding date.
  • Determine your wedding budget.
  • Look for and reserve venues for your wedding and your reception.
  • Begin thinking about the guest list.
  • Ask friends/family to be in your wedding party.
  • Hire your wedding officiant.
  • Begin shopping for your wedding dress.
  • Consider hiring a wedding planner to help you with the process.

8-10 Months Out
  • Book your caterer.
  • Hire any bands, musicians, and DJs for the ceremony and/or reception.
  • Book your photographer.
  • Obtain any necessary permits (if you plan to host your ceremony or reception in a public park, for example).
  • Create a wedding website.
  • Make the reservations for your honeymoon.
  • Order your save the dates and your wedding invitations.
  • Order your wedding dress.
  • Order the groom's and bridal party's attire.
  • Finalize the guest list.

6-8 Months Out
  • Register for gifts.
  • Send save the date cards.
  • Contact rental companies for materials you need to rent (such as tables, chairs, and tents).
  • Book your florist.
  • Coordinate your and the groom's parents' attire.
  • Order your wedding cake.
  • Reserve block of hotel rooms for out of town guests.
  • Book an engagement photo session with your photographers.
  • Shop for your wedding shoes.
  • Select attire for the flower girl and the ring bearer.
  • Order your wedding rings.
  • Schedule dress fitting to order any necessary alterations.

4-6 Months Out
  • Design programs for the ceremony.
  • Purchase jewelry and/or other accessories.
  • Order place card holders for the reception.
  • Make reservations for the rehearsal dinner.
  • Make sure you and your groom have valid passports (if traveling out of the country for the wedding or the honeymoon).
  • Order your wedding guest book.
  • Order wedding favors and bridal party gifts.

2-4 Months Out
  • Mail invitations (ideally, do this 3-4 months out).
  • Schedule final dress fittings for you and your attendants. Order any last-minute alterations. Make sure your mom or your maid of honor is there to learn how to help you into your dress!
  • Finalize any wedding details with your vendors (menu, specific song requests, specific poses you want photographed, etc).
  • Write thank you notes for any gifts that arrive early.
  • Finalize your wedding ceremony service with your officiant.
  • Have the groom's and groomsmen's attire fitted.
  • Order any accessories for the ceremony (candles, wine glasses, etc).

1-2 Months Out
  • Order a gift for for your groom.
  • Purchase any special clothing and/or travel necessities for your honeymoon.
  • Hire your hair stylist and makeup artist and schedule trial-runs for you and your bridesmaids.
  • Apply for a marriage license.
  • Follow-up with guests who have not yet RSVP'd.

Last Minute Details
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  • Assign friends/family to help with after-wedding tasks.
  • Get a manicure and a pedicure for you, your mom, and your bridesmaids.
  • Give your caterer a final guest count.
  • Designate a getaway car for after the reception (complete with honeymoon luggage, tickets, etc).
  • Obtain a wedding day emergency kit (like this one from WhereBridesGo).
  • Get plenty of rest, food, and water leading up to your big day!

Take A Deep Breath - 
And Have FUN!
Planning a wedding is a lot of work, but it's so much fun! Remember to take a deep breath and allow yourself to have fun with the process. Don't be afraid to delegate certain responsibilities to your groom, your family members, your bridal party, and your wedding planner (if you have one). You'll never live this moment again, so be sure to make the most of it!


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

Where brides go®  ... for what brides love!
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Here Comes The Flower Girl

Let's be honest... There's nothing more adorable than a little girl in sprinkling flower petals down the aisle! Children are always a wonderful addition to any wedding ceremony, and getting to be a part of the big day is an incredible experience for your little flower girl. 

If you have a niece, daughter, or close friend with a daughter, your wedding will not be complete without a flower girl. If you're looking for fun ways to personalize your wedding and your flower girl's role in it, there are lots of creative alternatives! The team at WhereBridesGo has compiled a list of our favorite flower girl roles... Let us know what you think!


"Here Comes The Bride" Sign

The flower girl is the last person to walk down the aisle before you do. Why not let her announce your appearance by giving her a cute sign that reads, "Here Comes The Bride!" If she has a special familial relation to the groom, you can personalize the sign to make it a message especially for him. For example, consider a sign that says "Uncle Joe, Here Comes Your Bride!" Your groom will love it.

Bubbles

What could possibly be more adorable than a little girl blowing bubbles? If you've got a bubble enthusiast on your hands, give her a little bubble blower and let her have a blast. Bubbles are a classic addition to any wedding - and if your ceremony is outdoors, they won't require any clean up afterwards!

A Love Note

If you're looking for unexpected ways to surprise your groom on your wedding day, you're going to love this idea. Write a short, personalized message on a piece of note paper (such as "I can't wait to kiss you") and ask your flower girl to deliver it to your groom when she gets down the aisle. If your groom is a softie at heart, he'll absolutely melt when she gives it to him.


Candles

Candles are romantic and serene - in other words, they're perfect for a wedding. If your flower girl is at least five or six years old, let her light your path by giving her a small candle to carry down the aisle. For added effect, put a few tapers at the alter and have her light those candles with her own when she gets down the aisle.

Streamers

Add a little life to your ceremony by giving your flower girl some streamers to wave as she walks down the aisle. You can easily make your flower girl her own set of streamers by tying crepe paper and gauzy ribbons to the end of a dowel rod. Choose ribbons and/or crepe paper that match the colors of your wedding, and finish it off by fastening fake flowers to the top of the rod where your ribbons are tied. Simple, quick, and very effective!

Have fun!
The most important thing to keep in mind is that your flower girl will be absolutely thrilled to be a part of your big day. She's going to have the time of her life, so be sure to let her have fun with her role - and give your flower girl a big hug from the team at WhereBridesGo!

~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

Where brides go®  ... for what brides love!
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11 Unique Ways to Say "I Love You"

When is the last time you told your fiance, husband, boyfriend, wife, or girlfriend that you loved them? When we're in long-term relationships, we sometimes forget to tell our partners how much they mean to us. We're dating/married to them, aren't we? Doesn't the fact that we love them go without saying?

It might for a little while, but it won't last. Saying "I love you" regularly is crucial in order to maintain a happy, successful relationship. In honor of Valentine's Day, the team at WhereBridesGo is here to help you keep the romance alive with these unique and creative ways to tell (and show) your partners how much you love them.


1.  Write A Handwritten Love Note. As our world becomes more and more digital, we might forget how special a handwritten note can be. Writing you sweetheart a "just because" love note will speak volumes.

2.  Take Him On His Dream Date. Women are always talking about their dream dates, but when's the last time you asked him what his dream date was? Ask him, and take him on it - even if all that means is sitting on the couch and watching his favorite show.

3.  Clean Her Car. Most of us can barely keep up with keeping our houses clean - how are we supposed to have time to clean out our cars, too? Surprising your special someone with a washed and/or vacuumed car is a great way to show how much you care - and is guaranteed to be greatly appreciated!

4.  Go On A Silly Date. Work, groceries, laundry, house cleaning... if you've been together for a long time, it's easy to get stuck in your daily routines. Break things up by taking each other out on a silly date just for fun, like mini golf or the movies.

5.  Publicly Proclaim Your Affection... In Song. Dedicating a love song to your special someone and then boldly belting it out in the karaoke bar is a hilarious way to show your other half how much they mean to you.

6.  Surprise Your Partner With Breakfast In Bed. Next time you wake up before your alarm, take advantage of the opportunity to fix breakfast for your special someone. You might be surprised how much they love it.


7.  Send Him A Romantic (Or Sexy!) Text In The Middle Of The Afternoon. Texts between committed partners don't always have to be about who let the dog out and if someone needs to go by the grocery store before coming home. If your partner gets a sexy/romantic text in the middle of the day, you can guarantee they'll be extra excited to come home to you!

8.  Revisit The Place You Met. Going back to where it all began is the perfect excuse to reminisce about old times and talk about how you've grown together as a couple. Bring some wine and make an evening of it!

9.  Put The Cell Phones Away. With so many of us constantly glued to our phones, we focus less time on the person we care about the most. Dedicate one to two nights a week to spend quality time with your partner, without interruption.

10.  Speak Highly Of Your Partner In Front Of Other People. Public affirmation is one of the best compliments anyone can receive. Next time you're hanging out with your friends, mention something about how great your partner is and/or why you're so happy to have them in your life.

11.  Cook Your Partner Their Favorite Meal. Does your man live for pizza? Does your wife crave pasta on a daily basis? Whatever your partner's vice is, pick a night and surprise them with it. (Freshly baked cookies are always a great idea, too!)

Happy Valentine's Day From WhereBridesGo!
We hope you and your sweetheart have a wonderfully romantic Valentine's weekend! Have fun - and don't forget to say "I love you!"

~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

Where brides go®  ... for what brides love!
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