Your wedding timeline: from the proposal to six months before the wedding

When my sister Jill’s long-time boyfriend Alan proposed, she became the proud owner of a beautiful engagement ring. Friends and family are over the moon and the wedding date has been set for July 20, 2015. A year to organise the event!

Lauren Conrad’s engagement ring

On my suggestion, Jill has bought a large calendar just for the wedding planning. We’ll prepare a list of what tasks need to be done, when they need to be done and whom we need to contact to make it all happen!


First things first: the budget

Once the date is set, the wedding countdown begins. Here are my tips on how to prioritise the tasks.

After the proposal to one year before, decide on a budget and discuss what style of nuptials you want. A church ceremony followed by a hotel reception? A civil blessing and a catered champagne breakfast?

Ask a small group of friends and family to help. The Duchess of Cambridge relied on mother Carole and sister Pippa for advice ahead of her wedding.

Pippa and Kate Middleton

Look at venues and make your short-list. The earlier you reserve the venue, the better! Also start looking at wedding dresses and make a list of contacts you might need, including caterers, photographers, and florists.


Six months to go: guest list, invitations

With six months to go Jill has to finalise the guest list and choose the wedding stationerySave the date cards are normally sent five to six months before the wedding and invitations go out three months before.

Book accommodation for guests near the venue. Even without the final number, you can reserve some rooms and amend the booking later. Even if you’re having your wedding in your home town, you’ll always have guests who’ll need a place to stay.

Get your papers ready and apply for the wedding licence! Requirements vary from place to place so check with your local council.

Stay tuned for what Jill will be putting on her calendar with six months to go to her wedding and onwards!

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