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August 11, 2017


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Depending on your wedding date, you may need to adjust the timeline below.  Would recommend getting as much done as possible as soon as possible so you may relax and enjoy your engagement.

12 to 24 months

  • Select engagement ring with fiancĂ©
  • Announce engagement
  • Schedule engagement photography
  • Plan engagement party (if having)
  • Call local newspaper for guidelines on publishing engagement pictures
  • Discuss budget with groom & families
  • Interview & hire a bridal consultant
  • Meet with ceremony officiant – check date & time availability
  • Meet with reception facilities – check date & time availability
  • Select wedding date & time – consider work schedules & holidays
  • Determine the type of wedding – formal with a seated dinner, or less formal with a buffet
  • Decide on color scheme, wedding theme, or style
  • Choose & reserve wedding & reception sites
  • Compile guest list – have fiancĂ© do the same
  • Determine size of final guest list
  • Compile names, addresses, & phone numbers of the guest list
  • Select wedding party
  • Shop for your bridal gown & accessories
  • Choose bridesmaids’ dresses & accessories
  • Interview & hire reception/ceremony musicians, photographer, videographer, caterer, & florist (check references & the Better Business Bureau)
  • Interview & hire a premarital counselor
  • Sign up for required classes with church
    (if necessary)

6 to 12 months

  • Plan ceremony & reception music, take dance lessons
  • Register with bridal registry of your choice remember there are options for honeymoon registries & home registries too!
  • Select & order the men’s attire with fiancĂ©
  • Discuss gown colors & styles with both mothers
  • Interview & schedule a trial run with in salon or on location hairstylist, makeup artist, and nail technician

4 to 6 months

  • Decide on new living arrangements
  • Order invitations, announcements, & personal stationery (order at least 25 extras)
  • Prepare easy-to-follow maps & directions to include with your invitations
  • Meet with caterer to confirm the menu, beverage service, & all details
  • Select a baker to create your wedding cake
  • Buy wedding rings & order engraving
  • Shop for trousseau
  • Meet with fiancé’s parents to plan & reserve rehearsal dinner site
  • Arrange accommodations for out-of-town attendants
  • Reserve a block of rooms for out-of-town guests, have several price options
  • Hire specialty company to brand and produce your out-of-town welcome bags
  • Visit florist with color swatches to finalize the selection of flowers
  • Design & print ceremony program
  • Select honeymoon destination & confirm plans with travel agent (normally fiancĂ© handles this)
  • Order passports, if needed
  • Decide on wedding favors
  • Interview & hire a company to handle releases for ceremony or your departure (white doves, butterflies, bubbles, sparklers, or fireworks)

2 to 4 months

  • Compile list of people you would like invited to bridal shower
  • Address wedding invitations – consider a professional calligrapher
  • Reserve rental items
  • Make sure you have a Plan B for inclement weather
  • Purchase gifts for attendants & each other
  • Reserve transportation for you, fiancĂ©, the wedding party, & parents, hire valet parking
  • Experiment with hairstyles and makeup changes
  • Purchase bride’s & attendants’ shoes – decide
    on exact color & have dyed, if necessary

1 to 2 months

  • Mail invitations six to eight weeks prior to
    wedding (check the weight of your invitation before mailing it with all of your enclosures, maps, etc., to make sure invitations are not delivered
    to guests with “postage due,” or returned for lack
    of adequate postage)
  • Confirm all details & arrangements with all contracted services
  • Pick up wedding rings, check engraving, & sizes
  • Call insurance agent to include wedding rings in policy
  • Finalize plans with photographer, & give them a list of pictures you would like to have taken
  • Arrange final fitting for gown & bridesmaids’ gowns
  • Make plans to get marriage license with fiancĂ©
  • Schedule all final details & quantities of appointments needed with makeover professionals
  • Pamper yourself with a massage & a facial
  • Arrange bridal luncheon
  • Select reception decorations: flowers, centerpieces, rental items, lighting, & favors
  • Purchase ceremony accessories: unity candle, candle holders, tapers, ring bearer pillow, box for holding cards, sand & sand vases for unity sand ceremony, etc.
  • Purchase personal accessories: garter, guest keepsakes, and engraved toasting glasses
  • Review procedures for ceremony lineup, processional, recessional, & receiving lines
  • Purchase gifts for wedding party

2 to 4 weeks

  • Invite wedding party & guests to rehearsal dinner & confirm date, time, & location
  • Decide on seating assignments for rehearsal dinner & reception
  • Order place cards and escort cards from calligrapher
  • Confirm wedding party transportation & arrival times
  • Move belongings to new home
  • Send announcements to local paper
  • Confirm lodging for guests with hotels
  • Record gifts once received, write thank-you notes promptly
  • Make arrangements for gown cleaning & preservation.
  • Make arrangements for floral preservation
  • Call guests who have not responded to invitation
  • Select a responsible person to handle guest book & determine its location

1 to 2 weeks

  • Give final count to the reception facility, caterer, bartending service, & florist
  • Remind men to pick up their formal wear & to check the fit
  • Give musicians all final music selections
  • Give master of ceremonies all announcements to be made during evening with the time of schedule of events. Make sure for grand entrance, give the exact order of who will be walking in with whom, & pronunciation for difficult names
  • Obtain necessary forms to change names for Social Security card, charge cards, -driver’s license, car registration, insurance policies, business cards, stationery, employer records, voter registration, utility companies, wills, property titles, leases, deeds, stocks, bonds, government agencies, passports, loans, mail delivery, subscriptions, pension plans, club memberships, & bank accounts
  • Confirm rehearsal plans with ceremony officiant, ceremony location, & your attendants
  • Confirm all details with every service you have hired. Inform them of any changes
  • Make a schedule outlining the details of wedding day & give a copy to each person in wedding party at rehearsal
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Inquire about ATMs near honeymoon site
  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Start packing things to take to rehearsal & the ceremony, including bride’s emergency kit. Have a list of contents in each box, & if you take something out, remember to account for it
  • Arrange for someone to take all gifts from the reception to your new home.

Wedding Day!

  • Eat something, since it will be a long day
  • Make sure headpiece & veil make it to your hair appointment
  • Make sure nails are done in adequate time for drying
  • Make sure you allow plenty of time for makeup to be applied
  • Start dressing at least one-half hour before you start taking pictures.
  • Remember to relax and enjoy your day!

Copyright 2019, Kim Horn, MWP™

HIRE expert, Kim Horn, MWP™ to help design, negotiate, mediate, plan, and implement your wedding details.

Kim M. Horn, MWP™

Master Wedding Planner | 1 of 75 in the World

Couples’ Choice Best Wedding Planner 2016 Wedding Wire

Scottsdale Wedding Planner | Paradise Valley Wedding Planner |

Chandler Wedding Planner | Phoenix Wedding Planner |

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Dessert Photo:  Roberts Catering, Inc. call 480.963.4040 for catering, cakes and desserts.

You just got engaged, and what is the best way to get the word out?  You’ve got it, have an engagement party traditionally within three months of the date you officially became engaged.


Traditionally the bride’s parents host the party, yet you may have someone close to you who offers to host this for you.  If your families live in different states, you may have more than one person host in different states.  You may have the groom’s family host something in their area, or both families come together to host one party for both sides to meet and mingle.


Will the host/hostess be offering their home for a location, or another venue?  Will the host/hostess be selecting and paying for their own vendors for your engagement party, or are you able to select your own?  What is the budget?  Who is paying for what?


Think about the type of atmosphere you want, and if you want everyone in the same room, or if you are okay with them mingling.  To send out invitations you will need the address, city, state, and zip code, as well if you are planning to have valet parking, or if there are parking restrictions, especially if your guests are not familiar with the location.  The size of the location may only accommodate 100 guests, so you want to know the capacity of the location prior to mailing invitations.


Check with your families for their holiday, work, and school calendars so your date selection works for you and your immediate family.  What time does everyone get out of work, school, plus transit time to the location, especially if you are in rush hour traffic, or have construction delays.


Are you having a theme, or a theme which reflects both of you as a couple?  This needs to be denoted on the invitation so guests know what to expect.


Your theme may set the tone of the event, yet if you are requesting a dress code, this should be on the invitation too.


Mailing invitations sets the tone for the rest of your wedding, as well as how your guests RSVP.  Emailing, texting, or social media invites are informal.  Send out invites at least a month in advance (six weeks in advance if a lot of guests are coming from out of town).  There’s no need for a formal save-the-date, yet once you’ve selected a day, it’s best to let guests know by word of mouth before you mail the formal invites.


Traditionally anyone invited to your wedding may be invited to the engagement party with a +1.  If you choose to invite someone who is not invited to your wedding, those guests may wonder what they did wrong to not be invited back.  Consider your guest list size for your wedding and the capacity of the venue prior to deciding on your guest list for your engagement party.  Make a master guest list so you only have one list separating the last name of the guest from their first names, and putting various fields you may sort to help you on various events, versus having to make a new list for each event.


Is your host/hostess selecting and paying for your vendors, or are you?  The engagement party sets the tone for the rest of your wedding celebrations.

  • Caterer
  • Bartender
  • Desserts
  • Live Music, Band, DJ
  • Invitations
  • Valet
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Favors
  • Decor
  • Rentals – tables, chairs, linens, furniture
  • Photo Booth
  • Games


Select items on a gift registry you want from a low to middle price range, and if not, include a note in the invitation requesting no gifts, or suggest a favorite charity they may donate to in lieu of present.


You don’t want to compete with your wedding, so a five course meal is probably not an option.  Think about the atmosphere you want to create.  If you are not serving a full meal, then you should select a time in between typical meals, and make it clear on the invitations so your guests know what to expect.

Copyright 2017, Kim Horn, MWP™

HIRE expert, Kim Horn, MWP™ to help design, negotiate, mediate, plan, and implement your wedding details.

Kim M. Horn, MWP™

Master Wedding Planner | 1 of 75 in the World

Couples’ Choice Best Wedding Planner 2016 Wedding Wire

Scottsdale Wedding Planner | Paradise Valley Wedding Planner |

Chandler Wedding Planner | Phoenix Wedding Planner |

Sedona Wedding Planner | Destination Weddings | Weddings Worldwide


Publisher | President |

O 480.921.7891 | M 602.418.9089 | F 480.829.6292






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