Saturday, November 29, 2008

#11: 6-12 Months (or 5.5, whatever)

There are so many timeline checklists out there, it's hard to tell which one is right for me. Should I go by the one that starts at 12+ months or 8-12 months or 6-12??

The timeline I've found that best suits me is the one that starts at 6-12 months before.
WHY? Mr. P and I got engaged March 21, 2008. We went through some big ups and downs in the following months, so we weren't ready to start planning...plus, we were broke! So we didn't start to actually put a budget together and set a date till end of August, about 5 months later! The 6-12 months before timeline seemed to suit us best because that's truly the point we were at when we starting the planning process.

Here's the 6-12 months before timeline that I've started to follow:
-Set a date and time for the wedding
-Determine the size and degree of formality of your wedding
-Discuss expenses with all concerned and make preliminary budget
-Interview and hire a wedding consultant if you plan to use one
-Make a guest list and begin compiling addresses
-Reserve the site for the wedding.
-Retain the officiant to perform the ceremony
-Select bridal attendants and inform them of all pertinent dates
-Plan the reception. Book the location and begin to research and select wedding professionals such as the florist, caterer, cake baker and musicians
-Research and select a photographer and videographer
-Shop for wedding gown and accessories and bridesmaid dresses
-Consult with groom on men's wedding attire
-Have invitations and personal stationary designed and printed
-Begin planning honeymoon
-Call to schedule dance lessons
-Decide on hair style and show your stylist ideas
-Shop for wedding rings

We're 5.5 months away from the big day and the only items not checked off on this list are booking the cake baker, finalizing bridesmaid dresses, hair style decision and shopping for wedding rings.

Reasoning:
Cake Baker - Publix only needs a couple months beforehand, so this makes that point mute.
Bridesmaid Dresses - ALMOST done with this, but it's hard for me to commit. (More on this in a later post).
Hair Style - 6 months before?? Am I the only one who thinks this is a little early for a must do?
Wedding Rings - We're melting down some old jewelry from Mr. P's mom and he custom-designed the engagement ring, so he's familiar with the process and is pretty confident that 6 months is too early. (I'm trying to push him, though).

Think I'm off track at all? What are your timelines like? Right on track? All over the place? Totally behind?

1 comment:

Krista said...

I have no idea. For some things, I'm waaay ahead of where I should be. For other things, I'm falling behind. But I'm not panicked - I figure even though I should have booked the florist by now (6 months out), I have not. And frankly, I am not worried - the two I've talked to said booking in Jan or Feb is still early.