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#1 CourtandMatt

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    Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:29 AM

     I thought it could be helpful to start a destination wedding timeline/to do list forum.  I found one where someone posted a destination wedding book's suggested timeline, but it doesn't seem to work for me.  So, I thought I would share my timeline thus far in case it could help others.  And, if you have a suggestion or if you would like to share yours, please do!

     

    Our Destination Wedding Timeline:

     

    Spring 2011 (1 year + to wedding):

    Set up account on bestdestinationwedding.com

    Pick location

    Pick date

    Find travel coordinator

    Book block of rooms

    Book photographer

    Book officiant

     

    June 2011 (11 months):

    Registry

    Wedding budget

     

    July 2011 (10 months):

    Find a wedding dress

    Buy wedding dress

     

    August 2011 (9 months):

    Birth certificates

    Find out about travel documents, visas and vaccinations

    Tell bridesmaids about their dresses

     

    September 2011 (8 months):

    Invitations

    Book hotel rooms & flights

    Get travel insurance

    Buy wedding ring for Courtney

    Research photo shots & talk to photographer

    Videographer

    Hair/Makeup

     

    October 2011 (7 months):

    Plan first dance

    Look at groomsmen outfits

    Get corset made

     

    November 2011 (6 months):

    Mail invitations

     

    December 2011 (5 months):

    Guestbook

    Notarized copies of birth certificate and passports

    Table decor

    Choose ceremony readings

    Get Matt's ring

    Plan rehearsal dinner

     

    January 2012 (4 months):

    Attendant's gifts

    Call resort about music

    Floral shop - think about flowers

    Call officiant

    Research honeymoon

    Mail required documents to resort

    Submit wedding announcement to newspaper

    Figure out name change stuff

    Get dress altered

     

    February 2012 (3 months): 

    Create place cards

    Bridal party outfits reminder

    Look into cakes

    Check resort has required documents

    Ceremony programs

    Pick up Moms' gifts

    Call ppl who haven't rsvped

    Reception seating plan

     

    March 2012 (2 months):

    Complete welcome bags

    Figure out reception venue & food options

    Must play and do not play song list

    Finalize trip schedule (including day of)

    Email bridal party trip schedule

    Wedding toasts

    Second payment to photographer

     

    April 2012 (1 month):

    Write vows

    Change insurance policies and beneficiaries

    Give resort final head count

    Give seat chart to resort

    Confirm play list with DJ

    Figure out payment plan with family

    Write welcome letter for welcome bags

    Plan welcome cocktails

     

    May 2012 (THE MONTH):

    WEDDING

     

    June 2012 (-1 month):

    Thank you notes

     

    July 2012 (-2 months):

    Wedding photo book

     

    August 2012 (-3 months):

    Check on wedding certificate

     

     

    HAPPY PLANNING!!



    #2 CourtandMatt

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      Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:32 AM

       I just realized I messed up the years.  Please see the corrected calendar:

       

      Our Destination Wedding Timeline:

       

      Spring 2012 (1 year + to wedding):

      Set up account on bestdestinationwedding.com

      Pick location

      Pick date

      Find travel coordinator

      Book block of rooms

      Book photographer

      Book officiant

       

      June 2012 (11 months):

      Registry

      Wedding budget

       

      July 2012 (10 months):

      Find a wedding dress

      Buy wedding dress

      Buy wedding accessories (e.g., veil, head piece, shoes)

       

      August 2012 (9 months):

      Birth certificates

      Find out about travel documents, visas and vaccinations

      Tell bridesmaids about their dresses

       

      September 2012 (8 months):

      Invitations

      Book hotel rooms & flights

      Get travel insurance

      Buy wedding ring for Courtney

      Research photo shots & talk to photographer

      Videographer

      Hair/Makeup

       

      October 2012 (7 months):

      Plan first dance

      Look at groomsmen outfits

      Get corset made

       

      November 2012 (6 months):

      Mail invitations

       

      December 2012 (5 months):

      Guestbook

      Notarized copies of birth certificate and passports

      Table decor

      Choose ceremony readings

      Get Matt's ring

      Plan rehearsal dinner

       

      January 2013 (4 months):

      Attendant's gifts

      Call resort about music

      Floral shop - think about flowers

      Call officiant

      Research honeymoon

      Mail required documents to resort

      Submit wedding announcement to newspaper

      Figure out name change stuff

      Get dress altered

       

      February 2013 (3 months): 

      Create place cards

      Bridal party outfits reminder

      Look into cakes

      Check resort has required documents

      Ceremony programs

      Pick up Moms' gifts

      Call ppl who haven't rsvped

      Reception seating plan

       

      March 2013 (2 months):

      Complete welcome bags

      Figure out reception venue & food options

      Must play and do not play song list

      Finalize trip schedule (including day of)

      Email bridal party trip schedule

      Wedding toasts

      Second payment to photographer

       

      April 2013 (1 month):

      Write vows

      Change insurance policies and beneficiaries

      Give resort final head count

      Give seat chart to resort

      Confirm play list with DJ

      Figure out payment plan with family

      Write welcome letter for welcome bags

      Plan welcome cocktails

       

      May 2013 (THE MONTH):

      WEDDING

       

      June 2013 (-1 month):

      Thank you notes

       

      July 2013 (-2 months):

      Wedding photo book

       

      August 2013 (-3 months):

      Check on wedding certificate

       

       

      HAPPY PLANNING!!






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