The moment you had been waiting for finally arrived when on that special night your man got down on one knee and asked you to marry him. Ecstatically you said yes. Hooray, you’re engaged! You must be thinking, now what? Figuring out where to start can be overwhelming, but Posh Petals and Pearls is here to give their best advice and expertise on where to start first in the planning process.
Celebrate your engagement! Call all your loved ones and share the big news. Don’t worry about diving into planning your wedding the second he pops the question. Take the time to revel in the fact that you are newly engaged, pop the bubbly, and throw yourself an engagement party to share your excitement with your closest friends and family.
TWO | 12+ months before
Sit down with your hubby-to-be and talk details just to get an idea of what you two would like. Talk about colors, food you love, if you want something traditional or rather something funky. Take this time to set a budget, as this will determine all of your other decisions. Go out and take engagement photos to commemorate this memory. Pick a venue, select a date, and then research vendors. If you are finding it stressful to make decisions on which vendor works best, then hire a wedding planner!
THREE | 9-12 months before
Nail down the little details. Make a list of what is most important for you to have on your wedding day, and navigate where you will spend more or decide to save. Here’s where you are going to want to book your photographer/videographer, band or DJ, and meet with caterers. Once you’ve booked your venue, go out and find your dress for the big day. If you need a break from the planning process plan a stress free day, and go out and start your wedding registry!
FOUR | 6-9 months before
Meet with a print shop or find a calligrapher to create your invitations, and then send out your save the dates. Plan a day to spend with your girlfriends, and help them find their bridesmaid dresses. Book your florist. Start researching where you’d like to spend your honeymoon too. Don’t forget to plan a date night to with your man to talk about something other than wedding details to reconnect!
FIVE | 4-6 months before
Help your groom plan a day to spend with the guys to get their attire figured out. Plan your rehearsal dinner and decide where you’d like to host it. Confirm all of your vendors at this time. Meet with your caterer for final tastings, and meet with a baker for tastings and designing your cake. If you don’t plan on doing your own hair and makeup start looking for a vendor, and start hair and makeup trials. Research some looks, so that you can give this to your stylist, so she can have a better idea of the look you want for your wedding day.
SIX | 3 months before
Send out your wedding invitations! Websites like Paperless Post has a dedicated wedding invitations page. If you, your bridal party, or family will need transportation confirm it at this time. Start planning what music you’d like to hear at the wedding, write your vows, and ask who you’d like to make a toast.
SEVEN | 2 months before
Go for your final dress fitting. Decide on which gifts you’d like to give to your parents and bridal party. At this point you should be working on finalizing all your wedding details.
EIGHT |1 month before
There’s no rule to when you can have your bachelorette party – just find a date that works for everyone in your bridal party. Apply for your marriage license, so you don’t get to your wedding day and forget this important detail!
NINE | 3 weeks before
Go through your RSVPs and confirm your final guest count to give to your caterer. Arrange for the rehearsal, so that the day of there is no confusion to where people walk in and stand for the wedding. Make a timeline to send out to all vendors and bridal party, so everyone is on time.
TEN | Day of
Get married and live happily ever after! Relax and enjoy your special day.