Our Wedding Planning Schedule (1st Draft!)

by Melissa on January 19, 2011

Since we won’t know for sure if our venue will be available on our desired November 2011 date until late May, I wanted to develop a planning schedule.  This schedule will help us ensure that, when we can confirm the date, we can have everything ready to go and ready to book. I don’t want to still be researching potential vendors at that point.  The idea is that we can identify our top 3 choices in each vendor category in case one or more is already booked when we contact them again in May or June.



  • Interview photographers
  • Compile addresses for invitations and save-the-dates
  • Identify top three photographers
  • Firm up wedding budget calculations OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


  • Research hair and makeup artists
  • Interview videographers
  • Research marriage license requirements


  • Submit application for venue
  • Design Save-the-dates, test-print
  • Interview officiants
  • Research local restaurants for catering accompaniments
  • Take some intro dance lessons
  • Develop content and design for wedding website


  • Develop potential wedding songs and playlists
  • Start wedding dress shopping
  • Interview DJ’s
  • Have engagement photo shoot
  • Research cake bakeries


  • Begin to obtain decor items
    — special table for bride and groom
    — layouts for ceremony and reception
    — lots of jars and candles
  • Purchase wedding dress
  • Identify items for registry
  • Interview wedding coordinators
  • Finalize website
  • Research calligraphers
  • Follow up with venue if date has not been confirmed


  • Begin to design invitations
  • Finalize menu items
  • Finalize list for Out of Towner bags
  • Print and mail save-the-dates
  • Start shopping for wedding rings
  • Book photographer
  • Book DJ
  • Book Hair and Makeup
  • Book Officiant
  • Book Videographer
  • Book coordinator


  • Purchase wedding accessories and shoes
  • Take more dance lessons
  • Book lessons for choreographed first dance


So that’s now through July.  What else am I missing?

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