The Wedding Planner Magazine

Roanoke 6-1

A magazine highlighting the premiere wedding professionals in Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas. Includes interviews, real weddings and numerous articles written by local and professional wedding planners.

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62 THEWEDDINGPLANNERMAG.COM No matter how long you allow for planning your wedding, it helps to know when all of the details need to be accomplished. Here's a helpful Wedding Planning Timeline to keep you on track. Right after you get engaged: Compose your guest list Decide on a few wedding dates Decide on the style of wedding you want (indoor, outdoor, formal, rustic, etc) Determine your wedding budget Send out save the date cards if you choose 6 months to 1 year before the wedding: Choose your bridal party Book a venue for your ceremony and reception Shop for and order your dress and bridesmaid dresses Book room block if your are having out of town guests Begin pre-marriage counseling (required by some officiants) Hire a wedding planner if you wish to use one Book your caterer, photographer, videographer, band/DJ, ceremony musicians, wedding day coordinator, cake designer, floral/event designer, hair/makeup artists, limo/transportation, and officiant if they are not part of the venue/church Book an engagement photo session 4 to 6 months before the wedding; Choose ceremony and reception music so that musicians have time to learn/obtain your desired song selections Register for gifts Choose and order invitations, thank you notes, programs Design custom postage stamps if doing so, and include return postage for rsvp cards (make sure they are the sufficient postage amount for your invitations) Start working on any DIY projects such as table numbers, favors, etc Start working on your wedding day timeline with your coordinator Select and order wedding bands Book your tailor for a dress fitting and stay on top of bridesmaids for the same Book any formalwear rentals for the gentlemen Work with your event designer to finalize floral designs and any rentals needed

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