Wedding Planning 101: Creating the Ideal Timeline

Wedding Planning 101: Creating the Ideal Timeline

When it comes to planning out the perfect wedding, timing is everything! While it’s always best to get as much done as early as possible, that can be unrealistic. To help you manage and plan your dream wedding, our master-planned community is going to share an ideal wedding planning timeline!

Caliterra wedding planning

12+ Months Before

  • Decide possible wedding dates and times
  • Plan out an overall budget
  • Start planning the guest list and wedding party
  • Look at various Drippings Springs wedding venues

8 – 10 Months Before

  • Begin your search and selection of the perfect dress
  • Think about your floral décor
  • Decide on entertainment (band, DJ or both)
  • Think about what food you want
  • Register for gifts

6 – 8 Months Before

  • Order bridesmaid dresses
  • Start planning honeymoon
  • Send save-the-dates
  • Research and reserve accommodations for out-of-town guests

4 – 6 Months Before

  • Shop for and order official wedding invitations
  • Renew or get passports, if necessary
  • Begin searching for a wedding cake designer

3 Months Before

  • Order wedding cake
  • Hire wedding day transport (limousines, etc.)
  • Attend your wedding shower (depending on when your host decides to have it)

2 Months Before

  • Send invitations
  • Start working on vows
  • Purchase gifts for parents, wedding party and each other
  • Book your hair stylist
  • Book your makeup artist

1 Month Before

  • Apply for a marriage license
  • Final gown fitting
  • Make last-minute adjustments with vendors
  • Create a wedding program to give to guests

2 Weeks Before

  • Review final RSVP guest list and check with those who haven’t responded
  • Deliver must-have shot list to the photographer
  • Deliver final song list to your DJ or band
  • Get any final pre-wedding haircut or coloring done

1 Week Before

  • Give reception site and caterer final guest headcount – include anyone who will need a plate (photographer, videographer band members, etc.)
  • Plan reception seating chart
  • Confirm arrangements with all vendors
  • Attend bachelor and bachelorette parties

2 – 3 Days Before

  • Have gown pressed or steamed
  • Determine wedding party positions during the ceremony
  • Reconfirm details with vendors
  • Arrange for guests without cars to be picked up from the airport or train station

The Day Before

  • Give all vendors an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding (not a member of the wedding party)
  • Write checks and make sure all final balances are paid

The Night Before

  • Rehearse ceremony
  • Give your marriage license to your officiant
  • Attend rehearsal dinner

The Day Of

  • Give the rings to the best man and maid of honor to hold during the ceremony
  • Get married and celebrate!

This all may seem overwhelming, and wedding planning is no small task. However, with this timeline, you can take a deep breath and plan your wedding like a pro! If you’re trying to find the perfect place to have your wedding, take a look at the many Dripping Springs wedding venues! To learn more about the city and Caliterra in Dripping Springs, explore the Caliterra living website today!

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