I'm getting Married! // My Guide to Wedding Planning


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Mike and I are tying the knot! The wedding is pretty simple and pretty much planned out, so I wanted to share with you how I did it. I used those handy dandy spreadsheets with tabs on the bottom: Budget, Guest List, Music, and Planning Timeline.


Ceremony and Reception Venue


Dress (including alterations)

Invitations/Save the Dates






Guest List

All of the people we want to attend

We want a more intimate wedding so we are trying to keep it closes friends and family. Even that still adds up! We will send 150 invites out. My favorite invites are Rifle Paper.


Here I have ceremony music, cocktail hour, and reception music.

Planning Timeline

Right Away

Pick Date

Set Budget

Find/Hire Photographer

Find/Hire DJ

9 Months Before

Shop for Wedding Dress

Finalize Guest List

Create Save The Dates

Pick Officient

8 Months Before

Send Save the Dates

Meet with Florist/Decorator

First Hair and Make-Up Trials

7 Months Before

Buy Wedding Dress/Alterations

Make Honeymoon Plans

6 months Before


Book Wedding Day Hotel

Make Plans for out of Town Guests

Purchase Wedding Bands

5 Months Before

Finalize Menu

Purchase Grooms Clothing

4 Months Before

Marriage License

Finalize Ceremony

Send Invites

3 Months Before

Confirm Wedding Night Reservations

Confirm Honeymoon Reservations

Confirm Final Payments

2 Months Before

Name Change Paperwork

Get Hair Cut and Colored

Hair/Make-up Trials

Day Before Wedding Schedule

Confirm Ceremony Music

Confirm Reception Playlist

1 Month Before

Get Marriage License

Break in Wedding Shoes

Must Take Photo List

Shop and Pack for Honeymoon

Month Of

Remind Groom to Cut Hair


Overnight bag for Wedding

Assign additional go to person not in Wedding

Show love to all those Involved!

Last Minute Emergency Kit

Prepare last of Vendor Payments

After Wedding

Store Anniversary Box

Update Wedding Photos

Send Thank Yous

To keep it simple we aren't having a bridal party. I always assumed I would have one, but Mike and I decided that for what we wanted to do it was best not too. We want everyone to enjoy the wedding and not have to deal with buying gowns or any of that. I still am going to have my closest friends come wedding dress shopping with me and have a spa day with them before the wedding. I am not a fan of Bridal Showers or Bachelorette parties so this makes that so much simpler. I want my sisters to be involved, of course, and I want them to be front row and a part of our big day!

We didn't want to have a big break in between the wedding and the ceremony. Again, to keep it simple we are having the ceremony and reception in the same place! That way we can go straight from the ceremony to the reception. We are going to have a room decorated and designated for Mike and I to get our pictures taken and to include all of our close friends and family, but this can be happening during cocktail hour so those not getting their pictures taken can start celebrating!

Day Of Schedule

(sunset 6:53pm)

2:30pm—Hair and Makeup/Getting ready

4:00–5:00pm—Most vendors arrive for setup

5:30pm—Doors open/Guests begin to arrive/Pre-ceremony music starts

6:00 pm—Ceremony Starts

6:20 pm—Ceremony ends (6:30-7:30 photos)

6:30 pm—Move Guests into Reception Area (Cocktail Hour)

7:45 pm—First dance/Father Daughter/Mother/Son

8:00 pm—General dancing

10:00 pm—Pizza

11:55 pm—Music off

12:00 am—Guests depart

After all my work with my spreadsheets my mom and step-dad showed me a wedding site. WeddingWire.com you can make your wedding website on here as well as collect your guests addresses! The spreadsheets definitely helped in this process, but this site is nice to keep all of your information in one place.