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Plan Your Dream Wedding: A Timeline for Stress-Free Planning

Planning a wedding can be both exciting and overwhelming. From booking vendors to choosing the perfect dress, there are a lot of tasks to tackle. But fear not! I'm here to help you navigate through...

Planning a wedding can be both exciting and overwhelming. From booking vendors to choosing the perfect dress, there are a lot of tasks to tackle. But fear not! I'm here to help you navigate through the process and make it a stress-free experience.

Our Love Story

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of wedding planning, let me share a little about our love story. Five and a half years ago, Eli surprised me with a proposal in my favorite city, San Francisco. We headed to Rodeo Beach, where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. With no photographer or crowd, it was an intimate and unforgettable moment. We celebrated our engagement at our favorite burger joint, Roam Burgers, and spent the day exploring the city. It was pure bliss!

Meet Jana & Eli Capturing our love on Rodeo Beach

Wedding Planning Tips

Now, let's get down to business. Here are some essential tips to help you navigate the wedding planning process and keep your sanity intact.

Take a Break from Wedding Planning

First things first, remember to take breaks from wedding planning. Plan fun date nights where wedding talk is off-limits. Whether it's trying out your favorite restaurant, going on an adventure together, or simply cozying up at home with a movie, enjoy each other's company without the stress of planning.

Date Night Enjoy a date night without wedding planning

Dedicate Time to Wedding Planning

While it's important to take breaks, setting aside dedicated time for wedding planning is essential. Allocate a few hours each week to tackle specific tasks. This approach will help you stay organized and keep stress at bay in the long run.

Planning Time Set aside time specifically for wedding planning

Wedding Planning Timeline

To make your wedding planning journey more manageable, here's a timeline to guide you through the process:

10 months before the wedding:

  • Find a wedding date.
  • Determine your guest list.
  • Book a venue.
  • Begin dress shopping.

9 months before the wedding:

  • Book your photographer and videographer.
  • Hire a wedding planner or day-of coordinator.
  • Buy your wedding dress.
  • Secure a caterer.

Wedding Planning Timeline Stay on track with a wedding planning timeline

8 months before the wedding:

  • Book your florist.
  • Schedule hair and makeup trials.
  • Set up gift registries.
  • Book an officiant.

7 months before the wedding:

  • Plan your honeymoon.
  • Choose music for the ceremony and reception.
  • Hire a DJ if needed.

6 months before the wedding:

  • Schedule engagement pictures.
  • Have your bridesmaids order their dresses.

5 months before the wedding:

  • Arrange any necessary rentals.
  • Plan the decor for the reception and ceremony.
  • Schedule engagement pictures.

4 months before the wedding:

  • Have the groomsmen get fitted for their suits.
  • Order and send out save-the-date cards.
  • Book your wedding night hotel.

3 months before the wedding:

  • Order wedding invitations.

2 months before the wedding:

  • Address and mail out wedding invites.
  • Purchase wedding rings.
  • Confirm details with all vendors.

1 month before the wedding:

  • Finish any DIY wedding decor projects.
  • Obtain a marriage license.
  • Create a wedding day timeline.
  • Prepare gift bags for the wedding party.
  • Provide the final headcount to the caterer and venue.

1 week before the wedding:

  • Delegate any last-minute tasks to your bridal party and family.
  • Take some time to relax and enjoy the excitement!

Relaxation Time Relax and enjoy the final week before your wedding

Shorter Engagement? No Problem!

If your engagement is less than six months, don't panic. Just prioritize tasks from months 10, 9, 8, and 7 in your first month. It may seem overwhelming, but with proper planning and help from loved ones, you can make it happen. Remember to take breaks, indulge in some chocolate, and watch a good movie when you need a wedding planning break.

Planning your dream wedding should be an enjoyable experience. Follow this timeline, take time to relax, and savor the precious moments leading up to your big day. Congratulations, and here's to a lifetime of love and happiness!

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