You’ll need to be very organized and decisive but, the good news is, planning a wedding in a short time frame CAN be done. So here is your 3 month wedding planning timeline break down:
3 Months Out
Start with choosing a date – just keep in mind you’ll need to keep your options flexible. Don’t rule out Sundays or Weekdays as those will maximize your chances of having everything else fall in line (particularly for some of the coveted Washington D.C. and Baltimore venues).
Hire a planner – Because…. we’ve done this before, we have a network of vendors and we can give you insider tips on venues that may not be listed in popular scouting sites (i.e., The Knot). We’ll give you options of vetted vendors and design choices so that you are not wondering the mean streets of Pinterest all night long. We’ll also take care of logistics and coordination prior to and on the day of. Hiring a planner will save you time and lot’s of stress along the way.
Set a budget – This will be your compass for the venue/vendors you’ll select and help you ground your guest list number. You don’t want to loose time by inquiring with venues that are outside your budget. Consider Maryland and Washington D.C., taxes/ gratuities into your budget! They are typically 6% sales, 9% alcohol and gratuities 23%.
Get your attire – equally as important for brides and grooms to get your attire early as alterations take about two months. Recommend putting a rush on the alterations to make sure your garments come back with plenty of time.
Build your guest list – you don’t have it completely finalized but you’ll need to know generally how many people you want to invite. Guest count is the biggest budget driver and it’ll determine the size of the venue you’ll need. Look to finalize it once you are ready to send out invites.
2 Months Out
Select a venue – ask about availability, cost and capacity – the venue you select should accommodates all three criteria’s. This is a crucial step in the planning process. Most of the planning will revolve around the space (guest count, decor, accommodations, food options etc.). Larger cities like Baltimore, Maryland or Washington DC – have beutiful restaurants to select from as your venue. Once that venue is booked, you’ll have the location and date for your wedding date – which is all you need to……
Send out invitations – This will give you time to get those RSVPs back. Consider paperless invitation options to expedite the RSVP process (and it’s also eco-conscious). Sites like paperlesspost.com offer beautiful designer paperless invites. Some partner with printing companies so you can have a tangible copy of your invite for your memory box.
Now that we have a date and a venue let’s talk legalities – next thing you’ll want to do is arrange to obtain your marriage certificate, get an officiant that is ordained in locality of your venue.
Logistics – yup, the “L’ word – set your wedding timeline, work on your seating layout and your overall design — if you have a planner who is a designer, they’ll likely do this work on your behalf (depending on the services they provide). And now that you have your design you can…
Book your vendors! – it’s likely that if you are working with a planner, we will provide you with a short list of excellent vendors (photographers, videographers, caterers, florist, transportation, baker etc.) within your set budget.
1 Months Out
Order your cake – Make sure you place your order at least one month prior to your date since most bakers require that timeframe to make your wedding cake.
Review final RSVP, send to the caterer and venue — and get married!
You can apply this timeline sequence if you are 6 months out from your desired wedding date (just add month to each section).