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Wedding Planning Timeline


Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding here in El Paso, TX or Las Cruces, NM. We have designed this site to help you plan your big day. You will find many articles that will help you during your wedding planning. More articles will be added soon. We have also added our ‘Wedding Planning Timeline and Checklist” that you can view online or download and print.

Wedding Planning Timeline

Wedding In El Paso’s
Wedding Planning Timeline & Checklist

12+ months before your wedding:

  • Announce your engagement to friends and family.
  • Set your wedding date.
  • Set your wedding budget and find who will be contributing (to help expand your budget).
  • Choose your ceremony site.
  • Get a rough estimate of the guest list.
  • Choose your reception site. Book it.
  • Start looking for your photographer. Book him/her (the good one’s go fast).
  • If you will be using a wedding planner start looking for one.
  • If you have fitness goals before your wedding, contact a personal trainer.

9+ months before your wedding:

  • Look for your dream wedding dress.
  • Meet and select your ceremony officiant.
  • Start looking for honeymoon destinations.
  • Send out Save the Date cards. Shoot your engagement session with your photographer at this time if you will be using one of these images for the cards.

6+ months before your wedding:

  • Choose the members of your wedding party.
  • If you haven’t done so yet, order your wedding gown.
  • Start shopping for your bridesmaids dresses.
  • Hire your florist.
  • Hire your DJ.
  • If you are booking live music, book them now.

4+ months before your wedding:

  • Hire a caterer if not included with your reception hall.
  • Shop for your wedding cake.
  • Book your limo or car for your wedding day transportation.
  • Finalize your guest list.
  • Book your honeymoon. (airline and hotel)
  • Start making hotel plans for out of town guests.
  • Plan your rehearsal dinner.

2+ months before your wedding:

  • Order your wedding cake.
  • Order the groom and groomsmen tuxedos.
  • Go to the county clerk to get marriage license.
  • Meet with the caterer and decide on wedding day menu.
  • Choose ceremony and reception music.
  • Mail your wedding invitations.

1+ month before your wedding:

  • Do a hair and makeup trial.
  • Finalize appointments for hair and makeup.
  • Finalize seating arrangements for the reception.
  • Make a list of all wedding vendors and all of your wedding party with contact information.
  • Final wedding dress fitting.
  • Make sure you let your best man and maid of honor know if you expect them to give a toast.

2+ weeks before your wedding:

  • Write your vows.
  • Write a rehearsal dinner toast.
  • Pay vendors that expect full payment before wedding. Place any amounts due on the wedding day in envelopes for easy distribution.

1+ weeks before your wedding:

  • Arrange who will be in charge of taking the different things to the reception. (cake knife, gifts for guests, champaign glasses etc…)
  • Go get a manicure, facial, waxing, massage, etc…
  • Let your caterer know your final head count.
  • Start packing for your honeymoon.

The day of your wedding:

  • Relax and enjoy your wedding day. Know that not everything will go as planned, but anything is only as bad as your reaction to it. Congratulations!
Wedding Planning Timeline created and contributed by Marcos Martinez; owner and photographer for Wedding Xpressions Photography based in El Paso, TX.

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