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12 Months

  • Choose a date
  • Set a budget
  • Choose wedding party
  • Begin compiling a guest list
  • Start assembling a team of wedding pros: planner, photographer, videographer, caterer, florist, and musicians
  • Browse wedding dress and veil styles
  • Start a wedding folder/binder
  • Create wedding and style boards on Pinterest
  • Get engagement photos taken
  • Start browsing Save the Date designs to find your favorite style

3 Months

  • Finalize honeymoon plans and ensure all documents are in order
  • Plan ceremony and reception seating
  • Experiment with hair and veil with stylist
  • Finalize readers and readings
  • Purchase: toasting flutes, serving pieces, guestbook, flower basket and ring bearer pillow
  • Finalize reception menu
  • Determine reception agenda
  • Reach out to guests who haven’t RSVP’d yet
  • Order wedding favors

10-11 Months

  • Purchase and mail Save the Dates
  • Choose bridal party attire and accessories
  • Reserve ceremony and reception venue
  • Book officiant
  • Hire photographer, videographer, caterer, DJ/band, florist, and planner
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms
  • Publish engagement announcements
  • Purchase wedding dress
  • Start researching honeymoon ideas
  • Begin thinking about guest registries

2 Months

  • Lay out the content for Wedding Programs
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Finalize seating arrangements
  • Finalize playlists with musicians
  • Finalize fittings for wedding party and parents
  • Create wedding day timeline and send to your vendors, officiant and wedding party
  • Write out honeymoon itinerary for family at home
  • Decide “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue”
  • Book spa and beauty treatments for you and your bridal party
  • Purchase gifts for attendants
  • Order Wedding Programs
  • Prepare name change documents

8-10 Months

  • Refine guest list
  • Create gift registries at 3 national retailers
  • Shop for bridesmaids dresses
  • Select and order a wedding cake
  • Make arrangements for wedding day transportation
  • Purchase grooms/groomsmen attire
  • Meet officiant
  • Give shower hostess(es) your guest list
  • Begin thank you notes for shower gifts
  • Book honeymoon destination

1 Month

  • Call vendors to confirm date, times and location
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Final dress fitting (with shoes & undergarments)
  • Write Thank You notes as gifts are received
  • Break in wedding shoes
  • Write toasts
  • Make plans for pets, plants, mail, etc.

6-8 Months

  • Explore wedding day hair and makeup styles
  • Meet with officiant to discuss plans for ceremony
  • Choose cake style and schedule tastings
  • Personalize & order wedding invitation
  • Hire ceremony musicians
  • Purchase accessories (shoes, veil, jewelry, etc.)
  • Consider signing up for a dance class
  • Book transportation to and from venue
  • Purchase wedding bands
  • Order Thank You cards

Week of Wedding

  • Get final haircut and color
  • Delegate wedding day duties: gift table, guestbook, etc.
  • Delegate someone to return tuxes, rentals and tend to wedding dress
  • Send directions to wedding day limo/transportation driver
  • Pick up marriage license
  • Manicure/Pedicure
  • Pack for Honeymoon
  • Assemble and distribute “welcome” bags
  • Prepare final payments to vendors + cash tips for service personnel
  • Give readers their scripts
  • Give photographer and videographer your image and video requests
  • Lay out wedding clothes.
  • Prepare wedding day emergency kit
  • Get spa treatments for you and the bridal party.

4-6 Months

  • Choose flowers for: wedding party, attendants, venue, cake, etc.
  • Schedule dress fittings
  • Book room for wedding night
  • Plan welcome baskets for out-of-town guests
  • Prepare {play/do not play} lists for DJ/band
  • Finalize wedding guest list
  • Assemble rehearsal dinner guest list
  • Book rehearsal dinner venue
  • Order Rehearsal Dinner invitations
  • Begin writing wedding vows
  • Choose readings for ceremony

Wrap Up

  • Ensure tuxes and rentals have been returned
  • Get wedding dress to preservationist or cleaners
  • Mail Thank You Cards (include a wedding photo)
  • Write reviews for all service providers (venue, DJ, cake, etc.)

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We are convenient to clients located in Naperville, Aurora, Montgomery, Oswego and Batavia, Illinois.  Contact us today to schedule your event.  Dates fill up fast!

1920 East New York Street  |  Aurora, IL  60502

Belle Salle Banquets, 1920 E New York St, Aurora, IL