Hello ladies, Sydney here! It’s been a while since I’ve been a guest writer on the Full Time Bride! I talked to y’all June of last year and now I’m TWO MONTHS away from getting married! It’s honestly surreal how quickly our engagement has flown by. I figured this was a perfect time to give you all a “two month update” detailing everything that we need to complete at the two month mark.
We have officially entered the coordination stage of wedding preparation! This means that we have locked down all of our vendors and are working on our ‘day of’ timeline. We actually met with my amazing wedding planner yesterday and we just went over things like the order of our ceremony, when/how we would like to be introduced into our reception, when we are going to start our first dances, cake cutting, and so many other details that I’m so glad our wedding planner is there for!
During this time, my wedding planner has also given me a to-do list of things that I need to get done within the month of June. Some of these things include:
- Going to my first wedding dress fitting– this was something that I definitely had to get done by the beginning of June because you go to a total of three dress fittings. Each fitting is typically 3-4 weeks apart. If you decide you are wanting to take bridal portraits, you will start you dress fittings a little bit earlier (about 3 months out) so that you have time in between your last fitting and the wedding to get your portraits taken.
- Writing vows– my fiancé and I have decided to do traditional vows during the formal ceremony, however, we have decided to write personal vows to exchange privately while we are getting ready in our suites. I think this is a super sweet idea if you or your fiancé are nervous about speaking in front of a huge crowd. We bought these vow books to write our vows in & they will make a great keepsake to reminisce on.
- Planning the rehearsal dinner– We’ve started planning our rehearsal dinner and gathering a guest list. We are extending rehearsal dinner invitations to our immediate family members, as well as our wedding party and their significant others. It’s important to get these details taken care of at least two months out so you are not stressing about it as the wedding fast approaches. We are keeping our rehearsal dinner casual because we just want all of our guests to have a great time, let loose, & these are the people we want to be with the most the night before the biggest day of our lives!
- Setting up my bridal hair & makeup trial-this is SO important because this is when you get to meet with the makeup & hair artists that are going to be working on you the day of your wedding. This is the opportunity where you get to nail down your wedding day look so it is absolutely perfect the day of! Make sure to go into your trial with inspiration pictures to make it a easy process for everyone involved.
- Send wedding invitations– this is probably the most vital part of the two month checklist. Wedding invitations are usually sent 6-8 weeks before your big day. I would encourage couples to send out-of-town guests their invitations 8 weeks out so it reaches them in a timely manner and they have the opportunity to book any flights or hotels they may need for your wedding weekend.
Some other things to consider are shopping for your rehearsal dinner outfit, scheduling a haircut & color so that your hair looks fresh for pictures, considering something old, new, borrowed, and blue. This is also the time to confirm music selections with your DJ, begin taking dance lessons for your first dance, and you or your wedding planner will begin reaching out to vendors just to check in and finalize anything that needs to be finalized.
I hope this post was helpful and I can’t wait to talk to you all again very soon!