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The How-To Lounge: Wedding Timeline, Part I

Whether you're going casual and quaint or all-out traditional, planning a wedding takes a lot of work and even more organization. Following a wedding timeline will keep you both sane and organized. Obviously the first step in wedding planning is choosing the right day. Once you've got that narrowed down — keeping in mind the time of year and any other events or holidays that may interfere — it's go time! To see some important points to consider in phase one of your wedding planning,

One year in advance

  • Create a wedding folder or binder to store the details of your event, including any inspirational ideas. Staying organized will be the best thing you can do for yourself during this process.
  • When it comes to planning the big event, the first thing you'll want to determine is the style you're hoping for. Formal or casual? Whimsical or modern? Many of the decisions you'll make will have you referring back to the thematics.
  • Plan your budget. Consider absolutely everything, and don't forget to leave room for the unexpected.
  • Select a venue that works with both your budget and style. Don't choose the first one you see — shop around!
  • Research and begin the selection of your wedding professionals: caterer, photographer, florist, etc.
  • It's also time to start wedding gown shopping. You want to get the perfect one so leave yourself a little time to be indecisive. Also, keep in mind that it can take anywhere from five to eight months to have a wedding dress made, not to mention the time it takes for any adjustments.
  • Pick your wedding party and make sure that the lucky few are willing and able to participate.

Stay tuned in the next few weeks for part two of our Wedding Timeline.

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