MagicWand Wedding Timeline
12 Months Before
Reserve Venue: Venues book months or even a year in advance. Reserve early.
Begin Your Guest List: Prepare your guest list in a spreadsheet if possible, so others helping you can easily modify the list and update when needed. This provides a consistent version to reference for everyone.
Engagement Party: As an optional event, it’s traditionally the parents of the bride providing the party.
Wedding Registry: Register as soon as you know the details, so guests are aware of what you’d like and can send you an engagement or shower gift. Edit your registry anytime.
10 Months Before
Select an Officiant: This is important to reserve early. Officiants are on a schedule.
Select Your Bridal Party: This can be a daunting decision for brides, because it requires you to choose and make tough decisions. Provide enough time, so your bridal party plan accordingly.
Select Vendors: Select a photographer. Select a caterer, DJ or band and florist. Additional vendors can be selected at a later date. As a recommendation, book vendors that have not only worked together, but have worked at your selected venue also.
Take Your Engagement Photos: As an optional event, couples like to include an engagement photo in their announcements or save the dates. If you do not wish to include a photo in either, you can take them at a later date or not at all. Casual photos together as a pre-couple are memorable.
8 Months Before
The Wedding Dress: Wedding dresses may require up to 7 or 8 months to receive after ordering.
Block Hotel Rooms for Guests: As a suggestion, If you have a few guests coming in from out of town or you’re doing a destination wedding, you should book a block of rooms at a local hotel. Ask for a discounted group rate if you meet the minimum room block requirement.
Order Cake: Who doesn’t like to try cake? Taste cakes and make selection.
Bridal Beauty: If you are (DIY) doing your own hair and makeup, try out a few styles and evaluate the one that’s right for you. Give yourself plenty of time, if you are going to get an airbrush tan.
Save-the-Dates: It’s important to notify your guests at least 6 months in advance of your wedding date, so they can save the date on their own calendars and plan accordingly.
It’s a good rule of thumb to allow guests time for destination weddings, so it’s best to send out save-the-dates with as much advance notice as possible—(9-11) months prior to your wedding date.
Book Your Honeymoon: Decide where you wish to go and begin researching transportation options and lodging accommodations.
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Order early, because it can take up to 5 months to receive after ordering. Your wedding party may require time to get alterations completed.
Wedding Bands: Custom wedding bands with an inscription may require additional time, so as a suggestion, order them in advance in case there are any issues with sizing.
Groomsmen Attire: To avoid any last minute confusion, it’s recommended to review a few months before the wedding date.
Rehearsal Dinner: Keeping with tradition, the groom’s family hosts the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding.
Vendors Confirmation: Check with vendors and confirm your dates, price and add additional vendors such as lighting, cake delivery, sound equipment, furniture rentals, etc..
Finalize Hair & Makeup: Decide and confirm your look and review if you have the appropriate makeup for touchups on the day of the wedding.
Mail Invitations: Wedding invitations are typically sent out 6 to 8 weeks prior to the wedding.
Vows for Ceremony: Writing your own vows? As a recommendation, consider memorizing them.
“Day Of” Accessories: What you will be wearing with your dress? Shoes, jewelry, hairpieces, veil are an important piece to your look. “Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” should be considered at this time.
Day Of Transportation: Confirm how you and your groom, your bridal party, and your families will be arriving to the wedding location.
We’ll guide you every step of the way
MagicWand can provide you the resources and guide you through a process that can sometimes seem overwhelming. We are at your service with a wedding timeline, responsive customer service, wedding technology and clear communication. We’ve covered all the aspects including discovering your inner needs for a clear path of discovery, planning and shopping.
Marriage License: We’ve provided a resource for your license here; US Marriage Laws Check your local requirements for details.
Wedding Stationery: Order your menus, nametags, wedding programs, menus, table numbers, place cards at this time and allow extra place cards for those last minute guests. www.MagicWandWeddings.com/shop
Bachelorette Party: There’s never a wrong time to celebrate your bachelorette party. Arrange a time that works best for your bridal party. Generally the Maid of Honor organizes the rest of the bridesmaids.
Bridal Shower: It’s traditionally the groom’s mother’s or close friend that will host the bridal shower. Bridesmaids can host the shower also.
Final Dress Fitting: Assemble all of your accessories with your dress and adjust for changes. If possible, begin breaking in your wedding shoes.
Wedding List to Photographer: Decide the type of style photographs you like and compose a list of photographs you would prefer.
DJ or Band: Review the type of music your band or DJ should include with a playlist and provide “special request” songs.
Finalize Your Headcount: Review your RSVPs. Then confirm those numbers with your rental companies (chairs, tables) and your caterer.
Finalize Seating Chart: Determine where friends, family will be placed together.
Bridal Beauty with Facials & Waxings: Plan ahead. Treatments have been known to cause unforeseen breakouts in some people, so provide a one to two week grace period after treatment.
48 Hours Before
Getting a Tan?: As a suggestion, get an airbrush spray tan, rather than a bed tan or outdoor sun tan close to your date.
Nails Manicured: Get your manicure and pedicure as close to the wedding date as possible.
Bridesmaids & Groom Gifts: Wrap wedding party gifts as soon as possible to avoid last minute delays.
Rehearsal Dinner: Relax and enjoy dinner and know you’ve done an outstanding job.