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“All Dressed Up”
by Florida wedding photographer Pure Emotions Photography

Now that you’re officially engaged (with the gorgeous rock on your left hand to prove it!), it’s time to dive head-first into into the exciting yet often stressful task of wedding planning. Not sure where to start? We’ve got the ultimate wedding planning calendar to keep you sane and organized.


Eighteen to Nine Months

  • Set a wedding date
  • Start a wedding folder or binder to store important information, documents and clippings from your favorite bridal magazines.
  • Determine a budget with your fiance and/or parents if they’re paying
  • Select members of the wedding party
  • Settle on an approximate head count
  • Hire a wedding planner, if desired
  • Book the venues
  • Book the officiant, if possible
  • Begin researching photographers, florists, caterers, bands and any other vendors you’ll be using.
  • Start a master contact list
  • Start shopping dresses
  • Have your engagement party

  • Eight Months

    • Book the photographer
    • Book the videographer
    • Book the entertainment (e.g. band or DJ)
    • Register for gifts
    • Purchase/Order your dress
    • Start meeting with prospective caterers
    • Launch a wedding site, if desired
    • Have Save-the-Date cards designed
    • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests, if needed

    • Seven to Six Months

      • Start shopping designers for the wedding invitations
      • Hire a calligrapher
      • Start planning the honeymoon with your fiance
      • Shop for bridesmaid’s dresses
      • Meet with the officiant
      • Send out Save-the-Date cards
      • Book a florist
      • Book transportation
      • Book the caterer
      • Determine your wedding day timeline (e.g. ceremony start time, reception start time, etc.)

      • Five to Four Months

        • Book the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner venue
        • Order a cake
        • Begin dress fittings and purchase shoes
        • Schedule hair, makeup and any other beauty appointments
        • Choose wedding dance songs
        • Have taste testings with your caterer

        • Three Months

          • Finalize the menu and flowers
          • Order wedding favors
          • Create a list of desired toast makers
          • Finalize ceremony readings
          • Purchase the rings
          • Place orders with your designer for table numbers, place cards and menus
          • Finalize the order of the ceremony and reception
          • Purchase dress undergarments, veil and other accessories

          • Two Months

            • Send invitations
            • Discuss what you want with your photographer in terms of locations and shots.
            • Review the play list with your band or DJ
            • Have ceremony programs and rehearsal dinner invites created by your designer
            • Submit a  newspaper wedding announcement
            • Touch base with vendors

            • One Month

              • Get marriage license
              • Mail rehearsal dinner invites
              • Have your final dress fitting
              • Take care of as many final payments as you can
              • Contact invitees who have not RSVP’d
              • Stock the bar
              • Confirm hair and makeup appointment times
              • Make the seating chart
              • Purchase gifts for the bridal party
              • Write vows, if needed
              • Get hair cut and dyed, if needed

              • The Week of the Wedding

                • Reconfirm the arrival times of all the vendors
                • Delegate any minor wedding day tasks to bridesmaids and family members
                • Give a copy of the final wedding day time line to your immediate family and the bridal party
                • Pick up your dress
                • Give the photographer your shot list
                • Book spa any treatments (do not have any treatments done the day  before or day of the wedding!)
                • Send the guest count to the caterer
                • Wear your shoes around the house to break them in
                • Pack for the honeymoon