Wedding Planning 101

Wedding Planning 101

Although getting married is a fun time for the happy couple, there are a myriad of things – making arrangements, creating the exact look you want, making sure intricate details are taken care of – that can add tension to the situation.

If you’re able to keep you and your spouse-to-be on a timeline, it can help alleviate some of the pressure and ensure you get the wedding you’ve both always dreamed of having!

Nine to 16 Months

According to Real Simple’s website, you should start planning your wedding nine to sixteen months in advance – starting with your planning binder (or folder).  This helpful tool will enable you to keep clips of things you see in magazines, newspapers, websites, etc – items you like, items you don’t like, where you lean for venues, sometimes it helps you spot your preference pattern.

Next is the budget.  It can be the stickiest of all sticking points for your special day, finding a financial balance between ultimate celebration and massive debt.  The Knot’s Wedding Channel website offers a number of helpful tools for creating a budget.

Six to 9 Months

Now to planning the fun stuff – the ceremony.   Wedalert.com offers a calendar checklist that gives a good overview of what needs to be done when – their window starts at 9-12 months also, but they recommend to begin purchasing items no less than 9 months out.

Things such as selecting venue, photographers, florists, musicians, caterers, and officiates can and should be done BEFORE the 6 month mark, according to weddingmanor.com – and typically, the earlier the better.  Shopping for the wedding gown, dresses for bridesmaids, rehearsal venues, guest list, and gift registries can be completed closer to the 5-6 month mark.

Two to 6 Months

Other sites recommend final arrangements to be made at 4-5 month mark – cake ordering, decorations, wedding favors, transportation.  Also todays-weddings.com says that by 2-3 months away you should have invitations in the mail, obtain the license, start thank you notes, formal wedding portraits, honeymoon and wedding night plans.

Final Stretch

As you go into the last month, make sure to purchase gifts for the bridal party, host the bridesmaids luncheon, and in the final weeks, finalize guest numbers with your caterer, plan seating arrangements, and make sure the wedding rings are ready and have been sized appropriately – suggests howtoplanawedding.com.

There are also other options – hiring a wedding planner, or working with a full service venue, such as The Mackey House.  We can help you with any parts of your checklist that you need, just let us know when you reserve where you need an extra hand, and we’ll help you.  We want your day to be as perfect as you’ve always dreamed!

The Mackey House is one of the premier Savannah wedding venues, located just minutes from Downtown. For more information, please visit our Savannah wedding page, as well as join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter