Getting engaged and planning a wedding is really fun. This is a new chapter in your life and you are surrounded by friends and family. However, the huge to do list and never ending unsolicited advice can quickly become overwhelming. If your wedding date is 12 months away, these are the things you should be focusing on now. I will send out more to do lists throughout the year to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
12 Month To Do List
- Select your wedding planner.
- Announce your engagement.
- Select your wedding date.
- Determine the size, formality and theme of your wedding.
- Decide if children will be invited.
- Ask the people closest to you to stand up in your bridal party.
- Set a preliminary budget to guide planning.
- Begin collecting addresses for invitations and compile a rough guest list.
Finding Your Vendors
- Select a ceremony & reception location(s).
- Start looking at wedding dress styles & make appointments to try on. You can’t just walk in!
- Begin looking for and reserve a rehearsal dinner location.
- Select your caterer, photographer, videographer, florist, invitations, hair/makeup, rental company, and lighting company.
- Consider what styles of invitations you do/don’t like.
- Schedule your hair and makeup trials – expect to pay for your trial.
- Decide if you want a DJ or Band (click here for more tips on this!)
- Select your officiant, minister or friend to perform your ceremony.
- Find a hotel for your room block.
- Schedule taste tests with a baker to design your cake or sweets.
Other Necessary Items To Do 1 Year Out
- Decide what kind of transportation you will need (for guests/bridal party)
- If you have out of state guests, make sure to mail out Save The Dates.
- Shop for wedding bands.
- Throw an engagement party – not necessary, but very fun!
- Finally, set up either a wedding website or Facebook Event Page to keep guests informed of updates.
I know this seems like a lot of tasks to accomplish, but time flies when you are planning a wedding! Break this list into smaller chunks to not feel overwhelmed. Plan to work a little bit a day on researching vendors and making calls/emails. For more information on why hiring a planner can help knock out this list, click here.