You're Engaged -- Now What? Our Wedding Planning Checklist

December 26, 2018
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Congratulations! The love of your life popped the big question, you accepted and now it's time to start planning your perfect wedding. Lucky for you, our annual Q104 Bridal Fair is February 10th, a month earlier than it has been in the past, helping you get a jumpstart on everything you need as soon as possible.

To get you started, here's our checklist and timeline of what you need to get done for your big day.

12+ months out

  • Tell your family and close friends in person or on phone
  • Post the perfect picture to social media if that's your thing
  • Purchase early-bird tickets to the Q104 Bridal Fair so you can save $3 on admission
  • Choose your wedding date
  • Set your budget
  • Pick your bridesmaids, Maid of Honor, Best Man and groomsmen
  • Attend the Q104 Bridal Fair to help you get all kinds of fun ideas, inspiration and, more importantly, to find contacts and maybe even score some deals on their services
  • Choose your wedding style or theme including colors and types of decorations and settings
  • Find your photographer at the Q104 Bridal Fair and set up your engagement photos
  • Meet wiwth and view amazing Cleveland venues at the Q104 Bridal Fair and find the perfect ceremony and reception spots
  • Get up close and personal with stylists to get an idea of how you want to look and feel on your big day
  • Set an appointment for dress fittings
  • Get to know the area's hottest florists at the Q104 Bridal Fair
  • Taste all sorts of cakes and special treats that could be served at your reception during the Q104 Bridal Fair
  • Remember it's never too early to look at honeymoon destinations so maybe you'll meet a nice travel agent at the Q104 Bridal Fair
  • Hear some live music and meet local DJs at the Q104 Bridal Fair so you can get an idea of how you want your party to go
  • Create your save the dates

10+ months out

  • Create your very own wedding website so guests and friends can see your story and stay up to date with your plans
  • Determine guest list and send out the save the dates
  • Call up the florists you met at the Q104 Bridal Fair to talk prices and timelines
  • Call up your venues and secure your date with a deposit
  • Book your officiant
  • Remember all those other vendors you met at the Q104 Bridal Fair? Book them too
  • Attend those dress fittings you scheduled and find your perfect dress! Purchase it when you know it's the one

8+ months out

  • Call hotels near your venues and reserve a block of rooms for out of town guests
  • Take a breath and head to the store with your fiance and register for wedding gifts
  • Send your bridesmaids and groomsmen links to the outfits and accessories you'd like them to purchase

6+ months out

  • Still craving that cake you tried at the Q104 Bridal Fair? Call up the baker, tell them the style and flavor you want and give them your timeline
  • Book the hair and makeup stylists that made you feel oh so glam at the Q104 Bridal Fair
  • Plan your ceremony with your already-booked officiant
  • Start ordering your wedding favors if you're going that route... give yourself extra time if you plan to DIY
  • Figure out where you want to host your rehearsal dinner and make the proper reservations
  • Remember those nice suited men from the Q104 Bridal Fair? The ones with the awesome limos? Call them up and book transportation for your big day
  • Head to the jeweler and get your wedding bands
  • If you're going on your honeymoon right after your wedding, start planning now!
  • Research and order your wedding invitations

4+ months out

  • Book any accomodations for your wedding night (bow-chicka-wow-wow)
  • Book any flights or hotels needed for your honeymoon
  • Whether you've been hardcore dieting or stress eating, it's time to schedule dress alterations
  • The DJ you loved from the Q104 Bridal Fair? Send them your suggested playlist along with a DO NOT PLAY list because, well, not everyone wants to do the hokey-pokey in 2019
  • Order whatever favors you decide on

3 months out

  • Narrow down your timeline for ceremony and reception
  • Start buying all the decorations you'll want at your ceremony and reception venue, store them somewhere safe and out of the way
  • Order gifts for your bridal party, parents and each other
  • Finalize the reception menu with the caterer that you met at the Q104 Bridal Fair
  • Design yourr own or order menu cards
  • Order rehearsal dinner invitations

2 months out

  • Send out the invitations!!!
  • Start organizing those incoming RSVPs
  • Work on your wedding vows if you're choosing to write your own
  • Apply for your marriage license
  • Ugh, start your seating chart

1 month out

  • One more dress fitting... you never know!
  • Confirm EVERYTHING... better to be safe than sorry!
  • Pick up the coveted marriage license
  • Order thank you notes so you don't forget amidst all the chaos

Few weeks out

  • Bug the guests who rudely forgot to RSVP
  • Give a final head count to the caterer
  • Get your hair did 
  • Take out cash for tips -- the vendors will be expecting tips!
  • Check-in with your photographer that you met at the Q104 Bridal Fair to make sure they know exactly what moments need to be captured

1 day out

  • Make sure everything is laid out, not wrinkled and smells good
  • Get a mani/pedi
  • Don't stary up too late... don't get too drunk... don't start a new beauty routine to screw up your skin!