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Congratulations! The love of your life has popped the question, and you’ve said yes! Now that you’re on the path to married bliss, you are probably wondering how best to tackle the planning process. You’ve dreamt of this moment all of your life, but we understand that it can get overwhelming…

There are invitations to send, cakes to taste, seating charts to make, decorations to pick, and a whole lot more before you throw your celebration and officially tie the knot. Don’t stress though—we’ll be here for you every step of the way. To give you a preview of what’s in store, look no further than this comprehensive and ultra-informative Wedding Planning 101 timeline. Consider it a countdown to your wonderful new life together. Let’s go!

12 Months Prior

Engagement Party
While you’re still excited (and secretly wishing for any excuse to show off your ring), plan and host your engagement party to celebrate with your nearest and dearest!
Choose Your Bridal Party
Choose wisely! This is your A-team! Once you have asked someone to be in your wedding party, you can't go back. Just remember... ``More Isn't Always Merrier`` and ``Family is Family``. Choosing the key people that are standing next to you on your big day certainly falls into the co-decision making category.
You need to keep track of all expenses so make sure you properly sit down with your partner before you lock it in all in to set a budget and keep in line with it throughout. Our budget planner can help you as well!
Create Your Guest List
Be realistic about the number of guests so that everyone can avoid stress later on. Crunching the numbers isn't the most glamorous part of wedding planning, but there is a figure you really can't avoid: your guest list count. Your budget and the venue size are the main factors that should play into this decision.
While every wedding venue will have its pros and cons, find a spot for you that is convenient, exciting and cost-effective. Once you have fallen in love with a venue, set your wedding date, keeping in mind dates to avoid such as holiday weekends and other important holiday dates. And... if you are hoping for an outdoor wedding extravaganza, make sure you love your rain plan as much as your outdoor vision.
Set the Date
Depending on certain dates and holidays your wedding date may fall on, it will affect the pricing, venue availability and attendance. Take your time settling on a date and make sure to do your research.

8 Months Prior

Hire A Photographer and Videographer
Every photographer and videographer have a unique style, you need to choose the right fit for you - digital or film, traditional vs. artistic, lifestyle, documentary... Ask to see an entire wedding, rather than just the highlights. Meet with them, discuss your expectations, build a relationship and then book them!
Not sure about you, but the food is one of my favourite things about attending a wedding. Set down a menu, do the tasting and be aware of certain intolerances your guests may have.
Grab your bridal party and start shopping! Look up designs for inspiration, book appointments with bridal gown boutique stylists and while you are there be sure to walk around in the dress - you want to be comfortable on your special day!
Help Your Guests
Consider booking a block of hotel rooms for out of town guests, one less thing for them to worry about.
Begin Your Registry
Friends and family will start sending gifts from the first party onward, be it an engagement party or shower. Set your wish list to make their lives easier.
Book Your Officiant
Choosing an officiant is one of the most important steps in the wedding planning process, and if you’re affiliated with a religious organization, the decision is likely to be pretty straightforward. For couples who would prefer a non-denominational or civil ceremony, finding a wedding officiant can be tricky if you don’t know where to start. Whatever you decide, be sure to meet with your officiant at least once before the wedding day to make sure that they’re on the same page with you and your fiancé(e) when it comes to vows, readings, and the overall ceremony.

6 Months Prior

Begin Hair & Makeup Trials
Knowing when and where you'll be getting married has an impact on the styles you're considering, whether it's on the beach in the heat of summer or in a ballroom in winter. You should also have selected your wedding dress and begun to shop for accessories, from headpieces and a veil to your earrings and necklace. Knowing the style of your dress will also influence how formal or relaxed your hair and makeup styles will be, and the accessories can play into whether you're wearing your hair up or down, looking for curls or a braid, or going soft or dramatic with your makeup.
Get ready for tastings!! When selecting your wedding cake, consider design, flavour, size, budget, temperature on your special day so that you can ensure you get the cake of your dreams!
Hire a Florist
Have an idea about the types of flowers and floral design you like prior to getting in touch with anyone. Find your ``floral style`` - is it classic, romantic, natural, bold, modern or wild. Once you have found a florist that you like and you've agreed on a budget and design, you will receive a proposal and then the fun begins - bringing your vision to life for your special day!
Whether it be a DJ or live entertainment, think of what style of music and feel you want the reception to have.
Order Wedding Stationery
The first hint guests will have of your wedding's style is your invitations. Make sure they represent it well. Order samples, consider the way you’ll word the invitation, order a beautifully cohesive set of on-the-day and Thank You cards and I can't stress this enough… triple check your final proof to make sure all the information is correct!

4 Months Prior

Purchase Wedding Bands
Feel like taking a Saturday and wedding band shopping together? Go for it. Not only is this a fun pre-wedding activity, it’s a great way to guide your fiancé to buy a ring that you love. Plus, there won’t be any mystery surrounding ring sizes, as you’ll both be there in person to try rings on.
Order Bridesmaid Dresses
Take the time to consider whether you would like a unified front or if you want to accommodate for each of their personal preferences, personalities and body shapes. Let them have a say but understand, this is your day and you want to be happy with the final outcome.
Keep your look in line with what will complement the wedding theme and of course, the bridal party. Allow enough time to rent or get your formalwear fitted and altered. Consider matching accessories such as ties or bows, pocket squares, cufflinks, socks and shoes.
Plan Your Honeymoon
It may feel far away, but travel plans always require time. Figure out where you want to go and get started booking based on where you're headed and when.
We are talking tents, table linens, chair covers, you name it.
Begin Dress Fittings
Now that the dress is ordered, you'll need a few extra appointments to ensure that it fits like a glove. Start now, so you have plenty of time for alterations.

2 Months Prior

Organize Wedding Favours
When selecting a gift for your guests, choose something that has meaning to you as a couple, is personalized with your names and wedding date or is practical and they will actually make use of. This is your perfect chance for a D.I.Y project too!
Finalize Your Vows
Customize your service by choosing songs and readings, or by writing your vows. Look to poetry, literature, song lyrics, and even your own love letters. Find inspiration, write from the heart and think about your journey with your partner thus far and what your promise is to them. Keep it short and sweet and don’t forget to re-read and rehearse it!
Organize Bridal Party Gifts
Decide whether you want to give everyone the same present or if you want to add a special touch and give each a unique gift that’s perfectly meaningful and sentimental to your relationship with them. Add a personalized note as well!
Mail Invitations
All invites should be sent at least six weeks ahead, allowing your guests adequate time to respond and ensuring that you'll get a reliable head count a week or two before the event. For destination or holiday-weekend weddings, the earlier they're sent, the better.

6 Weeks Prior

Arrange Transportation
Don’t forget to plan how you, your bridal party and family are going to get from one place to the other – e.g. home to the wedding, wedding to the reception, from the reception to whatever follows.
Get That License!
Don’t forget you must make your union official on paper! Check the Government website for location and information on what documents are required
Confirm Details with all Vendors
Check in with all vendors to make sure they’re all well prepared, have nailed your vision and all have the correct date and time for completion and action. Double check the details to ensure there’s been no miscommunication regarding the final product.
Finalize the Ceremony & Reception Details
Make sure all the details you’ve passed on for the ceremony as well as for the reception have been clearly received and confirm the procession for the day and have it promised it will all run smoothly.

3 Weeks Prior

Spa Day!
The big day is getting closer and we need you looking as fresh as possible, it’s time to treat yourself! Haircut, colour, facial...It's your choice!
Pre-Wedding Celebrations
Your bridal party, whether it be together or separate, will most likely plan a celebration so just be prepared to let you hair down and have some fun!
Final Dress Fitting
Time for one last glimpse of yourself in your wedding gown just to make sure no final alterations need to be made.
Follow up on RSVPs
Sit down with your partner, go through your guest list and make sure you’ve got most, if not all, guests’ responses.
Confirm the Details
Make sure your photographer knows those ``important`` shots, the DJ or band knows the playlist. If you have chosen someone to decorate your venue, make sure they have everything covered. Run the final head count by your reception venue - there's nothing worse than too little food!

1 Week Prior

Pick Up Any Extra Items
Need a garter? Need a pillow for that beautiful ring boy? Get all the little bits and pieces together and pick up any orders and package them neatly so they’re all ready to play their part in your magical upcoming day!
Finalize the Seating Chart
Lock in the seating chart and ensure all friends and family are appropriately and accordingly seated near one another – consider who will be best put together and who needs to be kept at a distance.
Use Those Vacation Days
Job permitting, take a few days off before the wedding. Wrap up the details, get together with out of town friends and family, and just...breathe.
Prepare Your Bridal Emergency Kit
Be prepared. Your Maid of Honour should be ready with an emergency kit which should include items such as Ibuprofen, hair ties & bobby pins, hair spray, a sewing kit, tissues, clear nail polish, deodorant, stain remover, glue, your wedding day itinerary and the phone numbers of all vendors.
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