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    Wedding Planning Timeline


    Planning a destination wedding is no small task – in addition to picking out the dress and selecting traditional vendors, you may also need to consider complex transportation plans and destination-specific marriage laws. Our skilled team of wedding experts is here to make the process a little easier. Below are month-by-month tips for planning every detail of your dream day.

    Eight Months to One Year Ahead
    Confirm your wedding budget
    Determine how many guests you intend to invite to your big day – this will help you determine if an intimate resort or a large downtown property would be a better fit
    Select your destination location!
    Hire a wedding planner if you desire additional assistance or your venue requires it
    Begin compiling design ideas in a binder or on Pinterest (link to Destination's weddings Pinterest page)

    Six to Eight Months Ahead
    Order your dress and accessories (be sure to consider the weather of your destination)
    Book wedding musicians or DJ
    Book your photographer
    Book your videographer
    Research accommodation options for your guests
    Create a wedding website to inform guests of registry, accommodation, and fun local options

    Seven Months Ahead
    Book your officiant and discuss marriage license requirements
    Book your florist
    Compile guest list with addresses
    Register for gifts (2–3 retailers is best to provide your guests with options)
    Choose attendants‘ attire
    Reserve your rehearsal dinner location

    Five to Six Months Ahead
    Select and send your save-the-date cards (and include your wedding website information)
    Begin making honeymoon plans
    Place order for your invitations
    Register for gifts
    Purchase wedding rings
    Reserve groom's attire
    Select your favors (ask your wedding planner or catering manager for unique local ideas)
    Confirm your own travel arrangements to your wedding venue

    Three Months Ahead
    Mail invitations
    Schedule a tasting with your venue (if a trip is possible)
    Schedule cake tasting and confirm flavors and design
    Place orders for extra decor items (candy bars, photo booths, lounge furniture, etc)
    If budget allows, purchase a few amenities for your guests (pashminas for the ocean breeze or sunglasses for the city glare)

    One to Two Months Ahead
    Purchase guestbook or photo matte for guests to sign
    Print programs
    Obtain marriage license (check out the specific requirements and fees for your destination state)
    Schedule final dress fitting
    Print place cards
    Book a trial hair and makeup appointment
    Begin creating your seating chart
    Ship wedding-day items to your venue

    Wedding Week
    Submit final seating chart and place cards to your catering manager
    Deliver welcome notes/gifts/itineraries for guests staying at local hotels
    Pick up wedding gown after a final press
    Confirm your honeymoon travel details
    Pack for the honeymoon
    Relax with a pre-wedding pedicure and manicure
    Prepare final payments and tips for vendors

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