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Destination Wedding Planning

Planning a wedding is always a busy and stressful affair even when you're having it in your backyard. To help relieve the stress of brides that are doing their destination wedding planning with us, we compiled a checklist here to help keep things in order.

9 - 12 Months Before Wedding Before Wedding

  • Create a wedding budget
  • Decide on your wedding's size/guest list
  • Research ceremony and reception venues/locations
  • Set a date and book venues/locations
  • Hire wedding coordinator (if you plan to have one)
  • Ask people to be in your wedding party
  • Choose and book the officiant
  • Create your wedding website
  • Research group accommodation rates
    • Reserve blocks of rooms for your wedding party and guests
     
  • Update your website with information
  • Look for bridal gown
  • Begin researching and booking wedding vendors
    • Photographers
    • Videographers
    • Florist
    • Reception Band/DJ
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9 Months Before Wedding

  • Order wedding dress
  • Send out Save the Date Cards

 

 8 Months Before Wedding

  • Decide reception menu
  • Decide on flower arrangements
  • Make travel arrangements for wedding and honeymoon (if in a different location)

 

 7 Months Before Wedding

  • Order bridesmaids dresses
  • Create music playlist for ceremony and reception

 

 6 Months Before Wedding

  • Order wedding invitations
  • Have Groom and groomsmen pick attire
  • Register for gifts

 

 5 Months Before Wedding

  • Pick out and order wedding rings

 

 4 Months Before Wedding

  • Order wedding cake
  • Arrange for wedding day transportation

 

 3 Months Before Wedding

  • Write your wedding vows
  • Design wedding program

 

 2 Months Before Wedding

  • Send wedding invitations
  • Purchase gifts for wedding party members, parents and each other
  • Make a list of what to pack

 

 1 Month Before Wedding

  • Have your final dress fitting
  • Check in on bridesmaids' dresses
  • Discuss with photographer the pictures that are important to you
  • Finalize music playlist with band/dj

 

 2 Weeks Before Wedding

  • Call guests who have not returned their RSVP
  • Prepare reception seating chart

 

 At Wedding Destination

  • Meet with your wedding coordinator to go over last minute details, if you do not have a one, contact each vendor and confirm all arrangements
  • Get marriage license