* Begin to organize your wedding day timeline. For example, what time will the cake cutting be? (Don't forget to include when you expect your vendors to be on site.)
* This is the time you will want to select your invitation design & get your order out to the calligrapher.
* Mail out your Save-the-Dates.
* Meet with your officiant to map out the ceremony and organize all the official documents you will need. (This varies on the county and religion. A counseling session may also be required.)
* Book your florist.
* Time to get the girls together to shop for your bridesmaids gowns.
* Book your transportation for your day of. (limo or buses, classic cars, shuttles etc.)
* Book any additional necessities for your location. IE lighting components, portable toilets etc.
* Start Planning your honeymoon! You will find better deals available by booking airfare and hotels in advance.
Five to Four Months
* Check in on your wedding invitations. Request your samples & make any revisions necessary.
* Shop for your shoes and have your first dress fitt
ing. Don't forget to bring the shoes so the length of your gown can be determined.
* Time to order the cake! Test 3 different bakers. Be aware that some bakers require more of a lead time then others.
* Compile your song list to coordinate with the events of the day.
* Book your rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner plans.
* Find your hairdresser and makeup artist. Make a few appointments to try out a few on days when you have plans out. This will be a good test to see if the style lasts. And be sure to take a snapshot of the do & makeup for the wedding day.
* Plan out the goodies you will be including in your welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.
* Forward your guest list to your bridal shower planner.
For other monthly planning tasks to help keep you on schedule: