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Having your dream wedding in Westchester or NYC come to life is all about PLANNING! Think about this for a moment – the day has come, your fiancée got on his knees and asked you to marry him. You are over the moon! You call your parents, text your friends and email you co-workers. It is the best day of your life! Days go by and you settle on the wedding date. It’s real; you are getting married! But then, you start thinking about the details- where to get married, who to invite- or not! what church, should you choose a DJ or band?; Suddenly, your head starts spinning and mayhem sets in.

This happens to every bride (and groom – we just don’t like to admit it.) There are lots of details to keep in mind when you are planning a wedding and want to make it perfect. I remember Malu pulling her hair out at times when we were planning ours!

So, how do you plan your NYC wedding without going crazy? The key to this madness is PLANNING! A good wedding timeline will be your best ally, it will save you time and most importantly, it will save you from insanity! A good wedding timeline will make your wedding planning easier and more enjoyable. This, I promise you!

Wedding Timeline

COUNTDOWN TO YOUR WEDDING AND THE START OF YOUR NEW & AMAZING LIFE – THE WEDDING TIMELINE

10 to 12 MONTHS AHEAD

  • Soul search and fantasize about your dream wedding– “Think back to a wedding you went to – write down what you liked and what you didn’t like. It will help you determine how you want your own day to play out”– Marcy Blum, Martha Stewart Weddings
  • Write up the guest list- Doing this will give you a better idea on how big or small your wedding will be
  • Set a budget– Have that money conversation with your groom and family. Decide who is paying for what and plan a little extra money for unexpected things
  • Hire a wedding planner (If you are using one)- Or you can designate one of your best friends to be your wedding coordinator
  • Reserve the venues- Wedding halls and churches book up fast, especially in peak months (May-August). Do not procrastinate on this
  • Book your wedding photographer. As with venues, great photographers’ schedules fill up quickly. Up to a year or more in advance in some cases
  • Schedule your engagement session with your wedding photographer– Take advantage of a hair & make up trial and have your engagement session on the same day!

7 to 9 MONTHS AHEAD

  • Book the caterer, musicians and settle on your officiant
  • Go dress shopping
  • Select your bridal party
  • Book hotel rooms for out of town guests- Shop around and try to get a hotel not far from the venue. Ask about discounts for large groups
  • Set up your wedding registry- Make sure you understand its policies and ask if they offer additional wedding discounts

6 MONTHS AHEAD

  • Shop for wedding bands
  • Plan a photoshoot timeline with your wedding photographer. This is key to allocate sufficient time for creative portraits
  • Book the florist
  • Order invitations
  • Order the cake
  • Set up your hair and makeup trial
  • Have your engagement photoshoot and send save-the-date cards
  • Reserve rentals (tent, tables, glassware, etc.)
  • Secure transportation (Limousines, buses for guests and getaway car)
  • Order bridesmaids’ dresses
  • Plan and book the honeymoon

4 to 5 MONTHS AHEAD

  • Choose wedding favors for guests
  • Get grooms and groomsmen attire
  • For groom– Order groomsmen gifts
  • Plan the rehearsal dinner

2 to 3 MONTHS AHEAD

  • Write your own vows- There is nothing more memorable than writing what’s in your heart
  • Finalize ceremony details with officiant
  • Update photoshoot timeline with your wedding photographer
  • Finalize and print out menu, place cards and programs
  • Mail the invitations
  • Submit newspaper announcements

1 MONTH AHEAD

  • Get marriage license
  • Finalize seating arrangements
  • Set up last dress fitting
  • Finalize photoshoot timeline with your wedding photographer

2 WEEKS AHEAD

  • Submit final shot list to your wedding photographer
  • Send playlist to DJ or band
  • Update your registry
  • Review the RSVP list

1 WEEK AHEAD

  • Give caterer a final headcount
  • Break-in your shoes (groom, this is for you too!)
  • Reconfirm transportation to ceremony and reception
  • Reconfirm vendor arrival times
  • Prepare envelopes with payments and tips for vendors

1 DAY AHEAD

  • Rehearsal dinner- Enjoy and get a good night sleep!
  • Give gifts to bridesmaids and groomsmen

DAY OF WEDDING

  • Exchange gifts with your groom
  • Give rings to the best man and maid of honor
  • Have light meals
  • Enjoy your wedding day. It is the start of your new, amazing life!

Visit our website and contact us to learn more about the Chris Bojanovich Photography experience

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Sources: Brides, Huffington PostMartha Stewart Weddings

The Ultimate Westchester Wedding Timeline

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