9 to 11 Months Before Your Wedding

Now that you have your wedding budget set and your wedding venue booked, it’s time to start getting your other details together. Here are the first things you should do 9 to 11 months before your wedding day.

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  • Begin wedding dress shopping. Dresses can take up to 8 months to come in and you will need time for alterations.

  • Begin narrowing down your guest list to work with the venue and budget that you have chosen.
  • Celebrate your engagement with an engagement party.

  • Start booking your vendors, including wedding planner, photographer, and DJ

    Tip: Look for vendors that not only match the style and feel that you want your wedding but also that you mesh well for the best wedding experience.

  • Decide on who you would like to be in your wedding party and ask them so that they can make the necessary plans.
  • Meet with your officiant. If you are having a religious ceremony, make sure you speak with your officiant about the requirements to marry.

  • Create save the dates or find a stationer to create them for you. Your out of town guests will appreciate the early notice so they will have time to plan to attend.
  • Schedule your Engagement Session

  • Begin to narrow down the style of your wedding and start getting estimates for any lighting and décor rentals that you might need.
  • If you have out of town guests, set up hotel room blocks. Make sure to offer a couple of options for your guests at different price points.  
wedding flower arch for wedding ceremony next to lakefront
Photo: The Ganeys | Florist: Lee Forrest Design

  • If are using an outside caterer, start interviewing caterers. Also, decide on which type of bar you would like, but make sure that your choice fits in your budget as alcohol can be one of the most expensive parts of your wedding.
cocktail with orange slices and fruit
Photo: Harmony Lynn Photography | Caterer: Two Chicks and a Pot

If you are more or less than 9 to 11 months before your wedding day, check out our wedding timeline below to make sure you don’t miss any important details.