Kaitlyn
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What order did you do things in?

Kaitlyn, on August 9, 2019 at 11:26 AM Posted in Planning 0 15
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We just booked our venue, next up is photographer and dress. Should I made a rough day-of timeline sooner rather than later? I’m just curious what the best approach is. Any advice is appreciated! Our wedding is October 2020.

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Latest activity by Samantha, on August 11, 2019 at 2:58 PM
  • Ivy ORP
    VIP October 2019
    Ivy ORP ·
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    My advice, don't focus on your timeline yet. You have so many variables still. You will need to discuss the timelines of each vendor before you even have a real idea of how long everything will take and who will be where when. It's definitely a good idea to be organized, but that one wasn't a priority for me until now and I have 2 months to go. Good luck in all your planning.

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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I also wouldn't do timeline yet til closer to the date
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  • Kaitlyn
    Savvy October 2021
    Kaitlyn ·
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    Ok good hahah I wasn’t sure if it was an earlier or later task. Thank you!!
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  • Kaitlyn
    Savvy October 2021
    Kaitlyn ·
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    Thank you!
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  • Hannah
    Devoted September 2019
    Hannah ·
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    I started mine about two months before the wedding date, and now as we get closer I'm changing it around and adding final details.

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  • Formerbride
    VIP June 2019
    Formerbride ·
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    Wait on the timeline. Your vendors will likely assist you with this as well.
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  • Futuremrsm
    Expert October 2020
    Futuremrsm ·
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    Ours is october 2020 too! So far we have venue, photographer, videographer and DJ. But I like to get things done early! I have just been going by the wedding wire checklist
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  • Kelly
    VIP October 2020
    Kelly ·
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    You can decide if you want a later night reception and ceremony or early day one but don't get too detailed until later. Focus on your vendors.
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  • Candice
    Devoted July 2020
    Candice ·
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    I'm doing everything in order of what I think sounds fun at the time. I picked my dress, then I picked my caterer, then I picked my colors, then I picked my venue(s) and let them pick my date and most of my timeline, picked my photographer after that, and then I made my center pieces. I have a long engagement so I have the time to do whatever I want right now.

    You want a a rough timeline before you pick a photographer unless you are planning to shell out for an all day package. I was not and am only getting 3 hours coverage so I had to make sure my photographers were getting what I want them to get before they leave.

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  • Danielle
    Master June 2019
    Danielle ·
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    Your timeline is something that you will work on / finalize in the final "weeks" leading up to your wedding, with the help of your vendors (HMUA, photographer, officiant, DOC, caterer, etc.). Their input will matter, and they can't really provide their input until they know your final guest count. You can go ahead and decide on the time of day you want your ceremony to be though. Otherwise, leave the "little details" till closer to the wedding, and concentrate now on all of your vendors & guest list. Happy Planning!

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  • Jess
    Super September 2019
    Jess ·
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    We did venue, photography, DJ, then caterer. My advice is sooner rather than later because I was researching and planning 2 years in advance and some of the vendors I looked into for photography and DJ were already booked for my day way back in late 2017!

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  • Sara
    Super October 2019
    Sara ·
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    I think having a rough timeline isn't a bad idea. As PPs said, you'll want to know things like how long you need a photographer for, if you're doing a first look, how long you want the venue for, etc. It doesn't have to be detailed, and it definitely shouldn't be final, but I think it helps.

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  • Yam
    VIP September 2019
    Yam ·
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    Dress(we were engaged before but postponed due to car accident so I’ve had dress a while now!)
    Suit
    Venue
    Cake(reaaaally wanted this cake)
    Band
    Decor
    Photographer
    Alterations seamstress
    Catering

    We did things completely out of order due to a bunch of circumstances but hey we booked everything, we made it!
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  • J
    Master October 2019
    Jolie ·
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    My wedding is October of this year and I still don't even have a rough draft of the full timeline written down. Just ceremony start time, reception end time, and when we will begin getting ready. I haven't come up with the reception event timeline yet. I don't think that's a major focus at all yet for you. I would continue on with florist, dj, photobooth (if you want), and photographer as you said next.

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  • Samantha
    VIP October 2020
    Samantha ·
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    I’m getting married October 10, 2020. So far we have the venue, officiant, and photographer. I also have an appointment to pick out my dress. Next up, I want to get my caterer and DJ.
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