By compiling a checklist and working through it step by step, you improve your odds of negotiating the process as painlessly as possible.
While there is no "right" or "wrong" length of time to be engaged, the average pre-wedding engagement period is around 15 months. For a conventional wedding, this makes sense, as the list of decisions to make and research is quite exhaustive -- and potentially exhausting.
Unexpected delays can seriously increase your wedding expenses. One of the best ways to ensure you stay on track financially -- and logistically -- is to compile a chronological pre-wedding checklist.
The following list is a guide to what you need to do -- and when you need to do it. It's based on an average fifteen-month engagement.
Ten To Fifteen Months Before The Wedding
You might be tempted to take things slowly in the first few months, but that's a mistake. The earlier you get started, the better bargains you'll be able to strike. Here's what you need to do when first getting started:
Six To Nine Months Before The Wedding
Now that the wedding is drawing closer, it's time to start getting things in writing. Tasks you should fulfill here include:
Six Months Before The Wedding
Now momentum is really starting to pick up. Here you'll need to:
Three Months Before The Wedding
The clock is ticking. Now it's time to:
The Final Four Weeks
Now you're in the stretch run. Critical tasks in the weeks and days before the wedding include:
There are hundreds of tasks large and small that go into planning a traditional wedding. By compiling a checklist and working through it step by step, you improve your odds of negotiating the process as painlessly as possible.