Here is a comprehensive timeline of how you can make wedding planning a breeze. This list is outlined especially for Filipino couples to be acquainted of the steps involved and timings to take note in preparing for a wedding.
Remember that there are no hard-and-fast rules in planning you wedding. It is best to customize these timings based on your priorities. I'll be pleased to help you in any way, contact me for any wedding planning-related questions.
14 MONTHS BEFORE
GET IN THE ZONE
Immersing yourself in inspirations and surveying your options will help you make realistic goals and timelines.
- Narrow down the options for your wedding date
- Establish filing system of wedding documents.
- Browse for wedding inspirations.
- Gather quotes from wedding vendors.
- Draft initial number of guests.
- Attend pre-wedding seminars.
- Decide on hiring a coordinator.
13 MONTHS BEFORE
Pick your Priorities
Reality Check: You just cannot afford everything. At this point, choose what aspects of the wedding you value the most.
- Make your priority list.
12 MONTHS BEFORE
Pin the Plan
It's time to make some of the most relevant wedding detail decisions! How exciting!
- Narrow down choices for color palette, concepts and theme
- Outline wedding budget (largely dependent on your priority list). Learn more.
- Draft list of your entourage members.
- Choose the date and formality of the event.
- Book ceremony and reception venues. Learn more.
- Choose wedding officiant.
- Book photographer
- Announce your engagement
11 MONTHS BEFORE
Involve the Entourage
Who said you have to go solo? Your entourage is there to the rescue
- Shortlist options for bridal gown, entourage dresses and wedding stationeries
- Finalize list of entourage members and principal sponsors
10 MONTHS BEFORE
Envision the Day
Keep on dreaming and daydreaming 'coz you've got to finalize the theme, the color and your brand at this point.
Shortlist options for Hair and Make-up, Men's apparel, and event stylist
Final wedding theme and color palette.
Book invitation designer/printer and kick-off the design process
9 MONTHS BEFORE
Bask in Beauty
It's about time to get serious on your beauty and fitness regimen! It is also a high time to book beauty and fashion-related vendors.
- Start your beauty regimen and healthy routine
- Consult with trusted dermatologists and dentists
- Undergo trial makeup with shortlisted HMUA
- Finalize wedding budget, tightened based on previously booked suppliers
- Book bridal gown and couturier and Hair &Makeup Artist
- Finalize guest list
8 MONTHS BEFORE
Block the Date
This is the best time to send out save-the-date cards or launch your wedding website.
Plan for engagement shoot
Send-out printed or online save-the-date cards
Launch wedding website
Meet and book caterer
7 MONTHS BEFORE
This month is all about weighing your options for other wedding details. Much time is left, you need not rush.
- Shortlist honeymoon destinations
Shortlist options for preparation venue, bridal car, wedding favours and gifts
Book couturier for bridesmaid dresses
6 MONTHS BEFORE
Delight in the details
Envision reception details
Request and secure baptismal and confirmation certificates
Decide on which details to DIY
Book preparations venue
Decide on wedding rings
Book florist or event stylist
5 MONTHS BEFORE
Focus on the Ceremony
We believe that ceremonies MUST be especially enchanting! Allocate ample time to prepare for this most important part.
Outline the flow of the ceremony and draft the missalette. Feel free to download the template here.
Undergo canonical interview
Complete church requirements
Meet with wedding officiant
Submit wedding banns to respective parishes
4 MONTHS BEFORE
Accent the After Party
Process marriage license (valid for 120 days only)
Outline the reception program
Book tailor for groom's attire
Meet and book the emcee
Buy/order wedding favours and gifts
Book wedding cake suppliers
Send-out wedding invitations
Finalize menu for the reception
3 MONTHS BEFORE
Right in Tune
List preferred songs, build the soundtrack for every part of the program
Book choir or band for ceremony and reception
Outline videos to be played during the reception
Conduct fitting of dresses for bridesmaids, mother and flower girls
Buy shoes and other accessories
Purchase gifts for entourage and sponsors (if any)
List down your notes for the vendors
2 MONTHS BEFORE
Complete RSVP from guests
Draft wedding vows
Book lights and sounds supplier
Review transportation and accommodation options for guests
Submit wedding banns to the parish of the church where wedding will be held
1 MONTH BEFORE
Get down to the details
Plan for wedding rehearsals ( if applicable)
Gather headcount of suppliers
Plan the Post-nup pictorial
Draft the seat plan
Have speeches, scripts and presentations prepared
Purchase preparation dress
Delegate wedding day task
Inform caterer about the final guest list
Print missalette and other stationeries (thank you cards, menu cards et al)
Finalize honeymoon details
Secure body form or customized hangers
3 WEEKS BEFORE
Showers and Shindigs
Have your bachelorette party/ despedida de soltera and bachelor's party
Remind entourage of their wedding day duties
Print programmes and script
Arrange crew meals for suppliers
Pick-up wedding rings and gowns of entourage
Finalise wedding vow
2 WEEKS BEFORE
Treat yourselves to a spa and luxury facial
Review wedding day inventory and timeline. On-the-day checklist here.
Check if CDs or DVDs for videos and music are compatible with the equipment
Memorise wedding vows
Secure items for offertory
Have your confession (applicable only for Catholic weddings)
Finalize seat plan
1 WEEK BEFORE
Down to finishing touches
Pick-up bridal gown and groom's suit
Prepare payment for all vendors
Pack of your wedding day and honeymoon
Gather all documents for travel
Ensure all transport and logistics are arranged
Pack wedding day emergency kit
Print-out wedding day timeline and notes to suppliers
1 DAY BEFORE
Go through wedding day checklist
Check-in and relax at your hotel room
Place all the details and accessories (invitations, rings, earrings et al) in one bag