When planning a wedding on a budget you have to lower your requirements just a bit. For example, you can’t try to have to filet mignon if you are throwing the wedding on a fish stick budget. I have broken down the various aspects of the wedding planning to the last details so that you will get a better idea of what I mean.

Ideally, you would want to have at least a year to plan the wedding, but that is not always possible or desired. For the purposes of this guide, I have set up a 12 month wedding timeline that will certainly make it a little bit easier to host your wedding.

12 months before your Wedding day

– Announce the engagement

– Set your wedding date

– Create a budget

– Hire a Wedding Coordinator (optional)

– Create your guest list

– Start brainstorming ideas and themes

– Reserve your Ceremony spot

– Book an Officiate

– Make reservations for your Reception area

– Book a Photographer and Videographer

– Book Caterer, Florist and Music (Band, DJ, etc.)

– Look for a Wedding gown and Tux, allowing time for alterations and fittings

– Register for gifts

– Select and call the bridesmaids and groomsmen.

– Agree on a date to order bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s tuxes

– Choose a destination for your Honeymoon

– Apply for passports, if required

6 months before your Wedding day

– Finalize your guest list

– Decide on the timeline and details of Ceremony and Reception

– Order/make invitations, and thank you notes

– Make airline and hotel reservations for the Honeymoon

– Choose a caterer, a florist and place an order for the wedding cake.

– Book Transportation (Limo, Antique Car, Etc.) for wedding day

– Shop for any Party rentals

3-4 months before your Wedding day

– Mail out/hand deliver invitations

– Confirm wedding details and contracts with all wedding vendors

– Choose gifts for your attendants

– Set a date and time for the rehearsal dinner

– Help make travel arrangements for any out-of-town guests

– Make final alterations and fittings for the Wedding Gown and Tux

1 month before your Wedding day

– Apply for the marriage license

– Buy your wedding bands

– Finalize music list and no-play list with band or DJ

– Attend showers

– Make insurance arrangements

1-2 weeks before your Wedding day

– Schedule the rehearsal a day or two before your wedding day

– Make an appointment with a Beauty Salon for day of wedding

– Send a wedding announcement to the local newspapers (optional)

– Make necessary arrangements for name & address change, if any.

– Discuss final details with the reception Site and the Caterer

– Pack for honeymoon

– Write out all checks needed for wedding day

– Send reminders to the rehearsal dinner attendees about the location & time

– Discuss final details of the ceremony and reception with family and bridal party

– Wedding day or day before

– Visit your Beauty Salon for manicure and pedicure

– Host the rehearsal and dinner.

– Make sure the ushers have the final guest list

Source by Alicia McWilliams

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