We have all seen the amazing timeline breakdowns that say 6-9 months before the wedding you should: ask your bridal party, book your caterer, etc. While those are so amazing and helpful, sometimes they can be too “cookie-cutter” and well, not everyone has an exact 1 year engagement.
When I was looking for a wedding planner book, I had such a hard time with this and I wished that I could find a 2 year timeline instead but that was difficult. So instead I decided to make my own timeline while following the recommended timelines. My planner that I discussed in this post had a great checklist with the “12 months before the wedding” and then it further broke it out, up until the night before the wedding. The approach I took, again since I was so ahead of this “timeline”, was to simply stay one step ahead with the checklist. I took a look at what was recommended and I started working through each section. Once I finished that “12 months before” section, I was able to move to the 9-12 months section. I think I finally hit a stand-still to when I got to that section because I had already booked most of our vendors and there were certain things like “Sending out Save the Dates” that I had to wait to do. Taking this approach made me feel so at ease and being able to check in with my checklist and know what I was on track.
Another tip, look at multiple checklist. There is no question that some are going to be much more detailed/broken out than others and this will help catch those little details with time. I personally use a checklist from Wedding Wire, The Knot, one that my event designer provided and one from my wedding planning book. Occasionally I will browse pinterest for additional checks or even wedding magazines, this just gives me that reassurance that I am not letting something slip by.
Also take into account what life events you may have going on that may cause you to take a break from wedding planning. I am a bridesmaid for an upcoming Summer wedding and a lot of those festivities will begin soon so I know I am going to have to spread out some of my own planning so that I can focus on the bride for her events! Speaking of, I am planning on changing perspective in a couple of week’s and I am thinking of writing something to cover how to handle being a bridesmaid and a bride at the same time. I am getting some real life experience so I would love to share how that is going and what I learned along the way.
Take a look at some of the most helpful checklists/timelines I found and have personally used along my planning:
Til next time!