Wedding Timeline

Jun 25, 2016
Wedding Timeline

True as it claims, getting engaged could be the most exciting time you’ll ever have in your life. However, wedding preparation isn’t at all fun times and rainbows. Samahan mo pa ng magical unicorn. There are so many things to coordinate that it can take away your enjoyment to engagement. Planning your Big Day takes a lot of hard work, time, money and money (Yes, I mentioned money twice). In light of this, I’ve put together a Wedding Timeline based on online research and some help from my amazing married friends. For complete list, you may download it here. It is based on a yearlong plan although I got mine customized and squeezed in less than a year. Atat lang pakasal. Wahahaha. If anything, it should serve as a helpful guide in letting you know the basic order of events.

You may want to print them and have it compiled in your wedding binder. Or if you’re a little techie, try using this app.


Wunderlist really makes my life easier as it helps me manage our wedding checklist. Simply create folders for the month of January, February, and so on.. Add a list of your to-do’s for the specific month. You can also share the list with your fiance. I’ve been using it years from now even before I got engaged.


Here’s our month-by-month guide of our wedding timeline. I’ll update the links from time to time.

8 Months Before

  • Choose theme and colors
  • Gather ideas and start pinning
  • Create a wedding binder
  • Set a wedding date
  • Set a budget
  • Choose members of the bridal party
  • Draft Guest List
  • Attend Bridal Fair

7 Months Before

  • Start a fitness and beauty regime
  • Scout wedding venues
  • Research caterers and baker
  • Research photographers and videographers
  • Begin gown research
  • Visit RTW gowns stores
  • Research wedding customs and traditions
  • Book an officiant

6 Months Before

  • Book wedding venue
  • Book caterer and baker
  • Book photographers and videographers
  • Book accommodation for out of town guests
  • Meet up with ateliers and try on gowns
  • Research on hair and makeup artists
  • Try on a new hair color
  • Discuss ceremony programme with officiant
  • Secure marriage license requirements

5 Months Before

  • Finalize Bridal Party Members
  • Order bridal gown and accessories
  • Research on Musicians
  • Research on Lights and Sounds
  • Research on Invitation designs
  • Mail save the dates
  • Schedule a hair and makeup trial
  • Engagement shoot
  • Buy items for DIY crafts

4 Months Before

  • Finalize guests list
  • Select and order bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom attire
  • Select attire for you flower girls and bearers
  • Order invitations and stationery
  • Book lights and sounds
  • Book musicians
  • Research on florists and event stylist
  • Research marriage license
  • Research honeymoon destinations
  • Book hair and makeup artist

3 Months Before

  • First bridal gown fitting
  • Buy suits for groom, groomsmen and fathers of the bride and groom
  • Book florist and events stylist
  • Order wedding rings
  • Research on OTD coordinators and emcee
  • Book honeymoon
  • Buy lingerie
  • Create song play and do not playlist
  • Select first dance songs
  • Draft wedding program
  • Apply for a marriage license

2 Months Before

  • Keep a record of RSVP
  • Mail wedding invitations
  • Finalize flower arrangements
  • Schedule a food tasting with your caterer
  • Book a wedding coordinator and emcee
  • Schedule rehearsal with officiant, coordinator and bridal party
  • Prder wedding programs
  • Make wedding favors
  • Buy gifts for bride, groom, officiant and bridal party
  • Attend pre-marriage counseling if required
  • Draft a wedding vow
  • Attend final gown fitting
  • Apply for civil wedding

1 Month Before

  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Draft seating chart
  • Review ceremony details with officiant
  • Distribute readings and songs to ceremony participants
  • Send photo shots list to photographers
  • Send play and not to play songs list to musician/dj
  • Prepare bride and groom emergency kit
  • Write your wedding speech
  • Find something old, borrowed and blue
  • Print seating and place cards

1 Week Before

  • Pick up wedding gown
  • Have groom and bridal party members pickup their suits and dresses
  • Give the caterer your final headcount
  • Send reception details to suppliers
  • Distribute wedding program and contact list to coordinators and suppliers
  • Confirm wedding day beauty appointment
  • Confirm wedding day details to suppliers
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Attend Civil Wedding

A Day Before

  • Deliver gifts for bride/groom/bridal party/parents to hotel room
  • Organize tipping envelopes to vendors
  • Attend rehearsal
  • Drop off ceremony accessories at ceremony sites
  • Get a manicure and pedicure
  • Give parents and attendants thank you gifts

After the Wedding

  • Give parents and attendants thank you gifts / Mail thank you cards to guests
  • Send thank you notes to vendors
  • Send change of address forms to oost office if necessary
  • Change your last names on necessary forms
  • Get marriage certificate
  • Enjoy married life! 🙂

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