Everything You Need to Do if You're Getting Married in 12 Months

Planning Tips

Plenty of newly-engaged ladies are in the midst of setting their wedding date, but once you cross that big to-do off your list, you'll find there are tons more waiting for you. Between securing your dream DJ, having your dress altered, and crafting the perfect menu, juggling all of your pre-wedding projects can leave you feeling frenzied. Luckily, our planning checklist will keep you on track with a clear list of items to complete month by month, so your wedding day will go off without a hitch. So in honor of all of you brides-to-be, here's what to focus on if you're tying the knot in one year.

First, set your budget and if you haven't settled on a specific wedding date and started to tour venues, you'll need to make that your next top priority. Start gathering inspiration for your ceremony and reception décor and put together a Pinterest board of your favorite ideas. By April you should have a good idea of what kind of photography you like and start narrowing down a vendor. Since photographers get booked quickly, start meeting with your favorites ASAP!

You should also start thinking about your wedding entertainment, who you'd like in your bridal party, and a rough guest list.

By July, planning should be in full swing, and you should focus on booking your rentals, honeymoon, band or DJ, florist, and schedule and engagement photo session. In August, you should arrange wedding-day transportation, select the bridal party attire, and send out your save-the-dates. By then you should be in the final stages of planning, so work on the little details that pull your whole reception together. Order programs, your cake, book a hairstylist, and plan any ceremony readings.

Your final few tasks are easy as can be: mail your invitation eight weeks before the big day and have your final dress fittings.

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