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Wedding Timeline – From Saying Yes to Saying I do!
Congratulations! The love of your life has popped the question, and you’ve said yes. Now that you’re on the path to married bliss, it’s time to make the most of your engagement period. Step one: Celebrate and —getting engaged is a big deal. Step two: Start to plan your wedding timeline – from saying Yes to saying I do! If you’re ready to begin prepping for the important occasion, you’re probably wondering how best to tackle the planning process as a team. Sure, you know that you have to do a lot (or maybe you don’t—in that case, buckle up!), but what exactly is on the horizon?
There are invitations to send, cakes to taste, seating charts to make, decorations to pick, and a whole lot more before you throw your celebration and officially tie the knot. Don’t stress though—we’ll be here for you every step of the way. Consider it a countdown to your new life together, and prepare for wedding planning to be a breeze!
Hiring a wedding planner will cut all the wedding responsibilities in half, as we will be handling all the confusing bits and communication! But let’s see what a year-long wedding journey looks like!
12 months to go!
Start by envisioning your wedding and determining your style. Next, its very important to determine your budget. Assemble your “planning team”—this includes hiring a wedding planner that will practically help you from now on till you are officially married and on your way to your honeymoon! Once you pick your ideal wedding date and time (and select several options, just in case), check with your favorite venues, officiant, and important guests (like family members) before finalizing. Once you have some venue options and your date down, you can start planning the guest list. Start officially booking your ceremony site and reception site. Next, choose your wedding party—ask friends and relatives to be part of your day.
8-10 months to go!
If you’re planning on wearing a wedding gown, start shopping so you have lots of time for alterations. We can help you with atelier suggestions and gown styles.
Start envisioning what type of food you want at your reception and make a list of things you’d like to have on your wedding day.
Decide what type of entertainment you want. A pianist for the cocktail hour, strolling violinists, a DJ or band? Your options are endless. Speaking of which, now’s the time to really start researching, interviewing and booking your vendors: photographer, videographer, reception entertainment, and florist. We will be there to make sure you hire the right people and help you with interviews and suggestions!
Research and reserve hotel rooms for out-of-town guests and register for gifts or creat.
Make a wedding website to inform guests and post updates.
Contact rental companies if you need to rent anything for the ceremony or reception, such as chairs, tables, and a tent, or leave it to us to take care of this.
Send save-the-date cards. You could always send them even earlier (around 10 to 12 months out) if you’re marrying during a tourist or holiday season or having a destination wedding in Greece.
6-8 months to go!
Now for some fun aspects of wedding planning: booking your ceremony musicians, ordering—or telling your wedding party to order—wedding party attire, and starting to plan that honeymoon, if you’re aiming to jet off right after your wedding.
4-6 months to go!
Getting closer to the dream date!
Shop for and order invitations and wedding rings.
Shop for formal wear, if necessary.
Renew or get passports, if necessary.
Envision your wedding cake and research, interview, and book a cake baker. We can handle this for you and help you with finding the best vendors!
3 months to go!
Only a few months to go!
Once you’ve found your cake baker, it’s time to officially order your wedding cake.
If you want your invitations professionally addressed, hire a calligrapher.
Attend your wedding shower! (It may be earlier, depending on when your hosts decide to have it.)
Hire wedding day transport (like limousines or party buses). Look into transportation sooner if you’re considering renting streetcars or over-the-top travel.
2 months to go!
It’s right around the corner.
Mail your wedding invitations.
If you’re writing your own vows, get started.
Purchase gifts for parents, attendants, and each other.
Book your hairstylist and make up artist and go for a trial run with both, we can help you to find the right people for you!
One month to go!
Apply for a marriage license—check with the local bureau in the town where you’ll wed.
If you’re wearing a wedding dress, have your final fitting. Bring your maid of honor (or other wedding party members) along to learn how to bustle your dress. Have the dress pressed and bring it home.
Speaking of wedding party members, call them to make sure they have their outfits ready for the wedding.
Make last minute adjustments with the vendors, if necessary.
Create a wedding program to hand out to guests at your ceremony.
Order and plan in-room welcome baskets for out-of-town guests.
2 weeks to go!
It’s the final stretch.
Review the final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet sent a response. Also, deliver must-have shot lists to your photographer and videographer. (Pro tip: Include who should be in formal portraits and determine when portraits will be taken.) Moreover, deliver your final song list to your DJ or bandleader, and make sure to include special song requests and songs you don’t want to be played. Also, get your last pre-wedding haircut and color, if necessary.
One week to go!
Ah, you’re counting down the days!
Give your reception site and/or caterer your final guest head count. (Include vendors, such as the photographer or band members, who will expect a meal!) Ask how many extra plates the caterer will prepare.
Supply the location manager with a list of vendor requests such as a table for DJ or setup space needed for the florists.
Plan the reception seating chart, and print place and table cards (or finalize the list with the calligrapher you’ve hired).
Call all wedding vendors and confirm arrangements—give the ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact members.
Get your hair trimmed, if necessary.
Attend your bachelorette parties if you haven’t yet.
3 days to go!
It’s the final countdown.
Depending on what you’re wearing, have your gown pressed or steamed, or go for a final fitting for your formal-wear.
If necessary, make sure all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their outfits.
Determine wedding party positions during the ceremony and the order of the party in the processional and recessional.
Hand-off place cards, table cards, menus, favors, and any other items for setting the tables to the caterer and/or reception site manager.
Reconfirm final details with all vendors. Discuss any necessary last-minute substitutions.
Call the limousine or car rental company for pickup times and locations, and arrange for guests without cars to be picked up from the airport or train station. Ask friends, attendants, or relatives to help. Deliver welcome baskets to the hotel concierge; include names and delivery instructions.
Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding. Moreover, write checks and/or talk to wedding hosts (usually your parents, if not you) about any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception. Rehearse ceremony. Meet with the wedding party, ceremony readers, immediate family, and your officiant at the ceremony site to rehearse and iron out the details.
Give your marriage license to your officiant.
Attend your rehearsal dinner.
Present attendants with gifts at the rehearsal dinner. You’ll want to do this especially if the gifts are accessories to be worn during the wedding.
It’s your wedding day!
Present parents and each other with gifts.
Give wedding bands to the best man and maid of honor, if applicable, to hold during the ceremony.
Give the best man the officiant’s fee envelope (to be handed off after the ceremony).
Introduce your reception site manager to your consultant or maid of honor for problems and questions during the reception. Also, assign a family member or attendant to be the photographer’s contact so they will know who is who!
If you feel like all this is extremely hard to tackle and need professional help, hiring a wedding planner will limit your worrying and create the prettiest wedding experience, focused around you and your partner, with style and above all the luxury you desire!
For us, each wedding is unique. Our top priority is to transform the couple’s vision into a dream wedding. We always respect the couple’s ideas and opinions. But when it comes to styling, then our professional experience takes over and leads the creative journey. We will help you to have the most glamorous wedding day, full of pretty details and luxurious elements. Our team can provide a complete wedding design, starting with the venue research, curating the wedding theme and flower decoration, help you choose stationery, as well as wedding favors and welcome gifts, pick the right music, photographer, videographer, and professional lighting. Also, we will be on your side while picking the perfect wedding dress, the best MUA and Hairstylist, the most delicious wedding cakes and luxury desserts, and the menu for your wedding reception. Wondering what previous couples say about us? Take a look at our Testimonials!
We are committed to ensuring that every aspect of your celebration reflects your style, respecting your original budget, and making sure everything runs smoothly on your wedding day. We look forward to making your dreams come true for your luxury wedding in Greece! Contact us to book your date!