6-7 Months Before – Your Wedding Planning Timeline

  1. Finalize the Guest List 

    Reconsider your budget and your ideal guest list number. Discuss any final additions with your family. Make sure you consider how many children and “plus ones” will be invited (if at all). Determine the final number of invitations you will need.

    • Tip: There will likely be discrepancies in opinions, and possibly tension here. Be prepared to deal with high emotions and do your best to keep cool. Read our tips on guest list special circumstances and how to deal with them.
  2. Invitations Time!It’s time to wrap up all the shopping for your wedding stationery. You will want to keep in mind your color scheme, the level of formality of the event, and your budget. You will most likely need: save the dates (optional), wedding invitations (with envelopes), thank you cards, and possible other personal stationery.
    • Tip: Ordering wedding invitations is a fairly complex process, especially long distance. A company selling wedding invitations online or over the phone should not only be able to send you free samples, but also have staff who are willing to help with wording and advice that are both proper etiquette and specific to your wedding needs.
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  3. Arrange AccommodationsOut-of-town guests and local guests alike may wish to stay at a nearby hotel. Call early to secure a special “wedding rate” and to reserve a room block, and be prepared to communicate lodging details to your guests on your wedding save the dates, invitations and/or web site.
    • Tip: Do your best to secure multiple hotel options in a variety of price ranges to appeal to different tastes & budgets.

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