What to do 1-2 months before your wedding

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Other posts in this wedding planning series:

What to do when you get engaged

What to do 6-9 months before your wedding

What to do 4-5 months before your wedding

What to do 2-3 months before your wedding

This week…


Ceremony Details.

Start writing your vows, if you haven’t already.

Finalize readings and songs for the ceremony. Review them with the people that will be performing them.

Meet with your Officiant to finalize his or her words.

Bridal Gown.

Once your alterations are complete, have another bridal gown fitting. You want to leave enough time to make adjustments, if necessary. Take a friend with you so you can get an opinion on the cut and fit.

Write thank you notes.

Stock up on nice thank you notes, envelopes, pens, and stamps. Begin writing thank you notes for any gifts received so far. Update your registry and add more items to it, if necessary.

Hang with your girls or guys.

Schedule a casual luncheon with your bridesmaids or groomsmen. Take this time to relax and enjoy those you consider special enough to be included in your wedding party. This would be a great time to give them any gifts you’ve purchased for them.

Wedding insurance.

Wedding insurance is a growing concern for many people. Should you get it or not? First, you need to find out whether your venue requires liability insurance. More and more venues are making this a requirement, so make sure you double check! In the grand scheme of wedding budgets, wedding insurance isn’t that expensive. And it just might give you peace of mind.


You’re almost there!! Yay!

Check back for more wedding planning tips and videos. If you’re in the Detroit or Ann Arbor areas, contact me for help!

What to do 4-5 months before your wedding

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Other posts in this wedding planning series:

What to do when you get engaged

What to do 6-9 months before your wedding

This week, I’m talking about what to do 4-5 months before your wedding:


Order wedding invitations.

Order your wedding invitations with enough time to have them customized, addressed, and mailed.

Shop & buy wedding rings.

Shop around and find the perfect wedding rings for you and your partner. Decide whether you want to have them engraved and have that done at the same time.

Food, food, & more food.

Cake: Schedule cake tastings with several bakers. Choose your favorite cake, filling, and frosting flavors and place your order.

Caterer: Plan your final menu. Consider adding some favorite family dishes or regional favorites to really make the menu your own.

Rehearsal Dinner: Schedule your rehearsal dinner at one of your favorite restaurants!

Reserve your rental equipment.

Do you need to rent any tables, chairs, or decor for your wedding? Now is the time to reserve them! Don’t forget linens and specialty dishes.

Finalize the Groom & Groomsmen attire.

You’ve researched suits or tuxes for the Groom and Groomsmen. Now it’s time to make some decisions! Finalize your choices and have the men in your wedding party get fitted and put in their orders.

Start your wedding registry.

Start your wedding registry at some of your favorite home stores like Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, etc. If you’ve been living together for a while and have a lot of your home goods, you can choose to start a Honeyfund registry. Whatever your choice, make sure to start your registry before your bridal shower so guests have plenty of gift options to choose from.

Wedding favors & gifts.

Are you giving out wedding favors? Begin putting these together. Also, begin to think about gifts for your wedding party.

Hair & makeup.

Research hair and makeup ideas. Consider the style and tone of your wedding and pick related styles.

Wedding participants.

Choose who will give readings, recite poems, or sing at your wedding. Ask them to be involved and choose what material they will contribute.

Check back for more wedding planning tips and videos. If you’re in the Detroit or Ann Arbor areas, contact me for help!

What to do 6-9 months before your wedding

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If you haven’t read about what to do when you first get engaged, then read this first!

Once you have all those initial things taken care of, you can move on to this video and blog post!


Inform out-of-town guests.

If you have family traveling from out-of-town, give them as much notice as possible once your wedding date is set. This is usually accomplished with a save-the-date card. You can choose to send a save-the-date card to all your guests or just those who will have to travel. You should choose a hotel and reserve a block of rooms at this time, too.

Think about your wedding attire.

I’m quite sure you’ve started looking at wedding dresses, tuxedos, or suits already! Now is the time to make a list of shops to look at. Most places will require an appointment nowadays, so call them up and ask. Spread a few shops out over several weekends so this isn’t an overwhelming task. Don’t forget about your accessories!

Before these few months are over, you will also want to think about attire for your wedding party.

Begin an exercise routine.

Most people wish to get in better shape before the big day, so now is the time to start an exercise routine. If you’re self-motivated, set a gym schedule yourself, but if you aren’t, you may have to hire a trainer.

It’s time to talk to vendors.

Florist & Decorator: Do you know what type of floral design or type of flowers you want at your wedding? If not, start a Pinterest board with styles and colors that you like. If you already know what you want, it’s time to find the perfect florist.

When looking for the perfect florist, start with their website or Instagram. You should be able to determine if their style matches yours by looking at their past work. Try to narrow it down to about three florists. Call them up and make an appointment! Once you speak to each florist and get their price points, you can hopefully narrow it down to just one.

If you want decor other than flowers, look into that at this point, also.

Caterer: Is food included with your venue? If not, you should schedule a time to speak with local caterers and see what they have to offer. You won’t make any final food decisions at this point, but you do need to secure your caterer.

Photographer & Videographer: There are many different styles of photography and videography. Do you want light & airy photos? Or dark & moody? This will determine which photographers you want to meet with.

DJ & Musicians: The DJ & reception music sets the tone for the party! Make sure you really click with your DJ.

Officiant: Find someone who meshes with your wedding style and book them!

Consider wedding insurance.

More and more venues are requiring wedding insurance nowadays. If you’ve booked your venue already, check with them and see if it is required. Even if it isn’t, you might want to get it anyway. In the grand scheme of your wedding budget, wedding insurance isn’t that expensive and it can really save the day if the unthinkable happens.

Check back for more wedding planning tips and videos. If you’re in the Detroit or Ann Arbor areas, contact me for help!

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Just got engaged?! How to start wedding planning.

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Congratulations! You’re engaged…and probably overwhelmed with all the new information coming at you! Where do you start wedding planning? This is why I created a series of videos to help you step-by-step along the way. This first video covers the first things you need to establish when planning your wedding.

With any luck, you have at least a year to plan your wedding. With that amount of time, it will be simple to split up all your tasks pretty evenly…and give you plenty of time to focus on each task. So, my video series starts out with items to plan 10-12 months before your projected wedding date.

Introduce your families.

If your immediate families haven’t met each other yet, plan a get-together that will allow you to introduce them! Chances are, they will meet several times over the next year, so giving them a relaxed environment to get to know each other will be very helpful.

What is your wedding budget?

Figure out who is going to pay for what…and how much money total you will have to put toward the wedding. Be realistic here. Keep in mind that, for most venues and vendors, you will be required to pay a deposit upon booking. The balance will be due in different time intervals leading up to your wedding date. Every couple’s budget planning will be different based on several factors.

Do you have a lump sum saved already?

Are your parents (or anyone else) giving you money for your wedding?

Will you be saving monthly to pay for the wedding?

Total wedding budget = Amount of money already saved + Monthly possible savings until 2 months before your wedding

Example: Let’s say you have saved $5,000 to put toward the wedding budget. Your parents will contribute $10,000. And you can afford to put $1,000/month from your paycheck toward the budget. Your wedding is one year away.

Your total wedding budget = $5,000 + $10,000 + ($1,000 x 10 months) = $25,000

Create a tentative guest list.

Creating a tentative guest list will be helpful because so much of your wedding is priced per guest. You will also need to know this number when looking for venues because each venue has a maximum number of guests allowed. It is also helpful to organize your list into people who you most want to attend down to people who could possibly leave off the list.

Knowing these two numbers, your total number of guests and your budget will greatly help you in the next stages of planning.

Choose your Attendees.

Choose who will be your best man, maid of honor, bridesmaids, junior bride, groomsmen, flower girl, ring bearer, ushers, guest book attendant, singer/musicians, and officiant. You don’t have to ask them quite yet, just start brainstorming!

Tour & book venues for ceremony & reception.

You can’t book any other vendor until you set your wedding date. And you can’t say a date for sure until you’ve signed the venue contracts and paid your deposits. This is an important step before moving forward! Give yourself some time to tour several venues you are interested in before making a final decision. Take a list of questions with you!

Research wedding dress & tux styles.

This is the first thing most people want to look at when they get engaged! And that’s okay. But, just look for now. 🙂

Going on a honeymoon?

Start researching possible honeymoon destinations. Read travel blogs and watch YouTube videos to get an idea of each location.

Check back for more wedding planning tips and videos. If you’re in the Detroit or Ann Arbor areas, contact me for help!