12 Month Wedding Timeline.

Nuvo Weddings has you covered from the moment you step off the plane to the time you are enjoying your wedding night as a couple. 
As we move through the time from booking to your day (12 months is ideal) there are items that we need and also you need to take care of. 
We will be sending you reminders thoughout the timeline via email. 

 

MONTH TO MONTH WEDDING TIMELINE
 
At Nuvo Weddings we take the pressure off. We are with you step by step and most of these items we take off your plate. However it does not mean that you do not need to be aware of what we are doing behind the scenes to ensure your wedding day is perfect.
Your timeline will be communicated. What we have taken care of, what you need to have taken care of and all the nuances of your unique day. We will be with you step by step and day by day, culminating in your unbelievable experience. 

MONTH 12 

SET A BUDGET
Before you begin any sort of planning, it's crucial to determine how much you're willing to spend. While tradition deems the bride's parents responsible for wedding costs, modern day celebrations rarely stick to that rule. Instead, sit both your parents and your groom's parents down and politely decide if they'll be contributing, and if so, how much and for what.
 
VENUE
We are here so you have decided to go with a destination wedding. We ensure everything you need to do at home is communicated and everything we need to do here is on schedule and perfect.
 
BRIDE AND GROOM CHOOSES THEIR WEDDING PARTY
Ask people who love and support you to be attendants. You don't need an even number of groomsmen and bridesmaids. Loved ones don't come in matched sets; your wedding party doesn't have to, either.

9-11 MONTHS 

BEGIN REGESTERING
People will send gifts starting with the first party thrown for you, be it an engagement celebration or a shower. Set up your wish list (ideally, at two national stores and one local) to make their lives easier. Have gifts sent to your home address or say goodbye to "travel home light!"
 
ORDER YOUR DRESS
It can take up to nine months for a gown you've ordered to be made; if you select one early, you'll avoid rush fees. Very short engagement? Don't panic. Purchase a sample from a bridal shop, or buy off of the rack from a store or resale website.
 
BEGIN TO START FINALIZING DETAILS WITH VENDORS
 
BOOKING ROOMS FOR GUESTS
Consider booking a block of hotel rooms with us for your guests to stay in. Direct your guests to our website so they can browse the booking options, tours, travel and anything else they may need. Send Nuvo Weddings your guests names and emails and we will ensure they have access your timelines, bookings and information.
 
ORDER STATIONARY
The first hint guests will have of your wedding's style is your invitations. Make sure they represent it well. If the stationery is discordant, you might accidentally prepare people to dress inappropriately. If you're using a calligrapher, now would also be the time to book his or her services.
Its a destination wedding so send out save the dates with your invitations, the more time your guests have to plan the more friends and family you will have to enjoy your day. 
 

OPTIONAL

 
SEND YOUR GUESTS weddingsnuvo.com
Nuvo Weddings has you covered with our ordering system. Your wedding information will be avaliable to your guests. All they need to do is click on your link to access all the information they need. 
 
TAKE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS
Now is a great time to practice being in front of the camera. 

6-9 MONTHS 

FLOWERS
 Naturally, you'll want a bouquet and centerpieces (which should either be shorter than 14 inches or raised more than 24 to allow for conversation). But will you use flowers in other ways, such as for a cake topper or favors.
Either way, choose blooms that are in season. If specific flowers are a big part of your dreams, plan your wedding around when they're available. 
It's helpful to send us florist images of arrangements you love and lists of your favorite flowers and those that hold sentimental value to you. If there are blooms you want that are hard to find or expensive, use them sparingly in arrangements, or save them for your bouquet. Also be open to other suggestions or ponder floral alternatives like succulents, potted topiaries and trees, fruits and berries, ferns, foliage, branches, or millinery details. These last longer than flowers and can be more affordable.
 
HIRE THE OFFICIANT
When a ceremony combines religions and cultures, a Unitarian minister is a good option. A judge or justice of the peace will serve if making it legal is what counts. And if you would like to be wed by a friend or relative, he or she can become ordained online. Whatever route you choose, call Nuvo Weddings to see if you need to complete any extra procedures
 
ORDER BRIDESMAID DRESSES
 Your day-of dress isn't the only thing to worry about. Now's the time to choose what your bridesmaids will be wearing, from color (Solids or prints?) to style (Will dresses be uniform or mismatched?) to length (Long, short, or something in between?). Make sure each 'maid has her dress ordered within this timeframe as well
 
MAIL INVITATIONS
All invites should be sent at least six months ahead; allowing your guests adequate time to respond and ensuring that you'll get a reliable head count a month or two before the event. 
 

OPTIONAL

 
PLAN YOUR HONEYMOON
It may feel far away, but travel plans always require time. If there is one thing we now know and Covid 19 has taught us. It is to be extra careful and to plan the travel way, way in advance. With travel insurance. 

4-6 MONTHS

CONFIRM FOOD AND MUSIC
Not all receptions need to involve a five-course dinner and dancing. Yours could be brunch, a cocktail affair, or an intimate family-style gathering. The few musts: The food, the cake, and the music ought to reflect you as a couple, work with the other elements of your celebration (a string quartet doesn't jibe with a barbecue picnic), and delight guests. So order your cake, determine your menu (and hold a tasting a week out), and discuss your music options between these months.
Also consider how guests will be served: A series of stations is ideal for a cocktail reception, while plated service is appropriate for a black-tie one. Then, be sure to feed your vendors, and ask for some food to be boxed up for later when you're starving. Ask us about options for illuminating the band, DJ, or dance floor.
 
DEVISE A RECEPTION TIMELINE
 
4:00  Cocktail hour starts. 
5:00 The couple enter and have their first dance. 
5:30 At a sit-down dinner, the first course is served. The host and best man offer toasts. 
6:30 The main course is served. 
7:00 The newlyweds dance with their folks; guests join in. 
7:50 The cake is cut. 
8:00 Cake and dessert is served. 
9:45 The bouquet is tossed. 
10:00 Start the Party or depart to your first night as a wedding couple.
 
BOOK RENTALS
We're talking tents, tables, linens, you name it.
When it comes to tables, you can mix both square and round shapes at your reception. The only caveat: If you're going for rectangular tables, separate them every 50 people (25 per side). Any longer and guests may have to walk around to get to the dance floor or restroom. Staffers will have to do the same to serve, delaying dinner.
If you're having a seated dinner, guests feel awkward when they don't know where to sit. Designate their table or a specific spot with a place card. Organize escort cards by alphabetizing last names (instead of listing guests by table number) so people can find theirs quickly. Otherwise, it takes them much longer to figure out where to go.
Also make time to book with us any needed transportation, including limos or party buses for the day-of, day before or day after.
 
SELECT READINGS
Bible verses are an obvious choice here, but there are plenty of nonreligious options, as well. If you’d like for your readers to choose their own, make sure you give them as much guidance as possible.
BEGIN DRESS FITTINGS
Now that the dress is ordered, you'll need a few extra appointments to ensure that it fits like a glove. Start now, so you have plenty of time for alterations.
 
PLAN THE REHERSAL DINNER
Book any spaces and make dinner reservations for day-before prep.
PLAN THE SERVICE
When it comes to walking down (and back up) the aisle, you can stick to the standard order. The groom waits at the altar as the wedding party enters, then the ring bearer and flower girl, then the bride escorted by her father or parents. Or, mix it up. You might ask a person of mutual importance to escort both of you, one on each arm; walk one behind the other with your respective parents; or proceed down the aisle together hand in hand.
Do keep guests comfortable and provide seating, even if the ceremony is 10 minutes or less. Also offer shelter from rain (umbrellas or a tent) or sun (parasols). And set up a water or lemonade station if it's a hot day. As simple as this sounds, it can be overlooked. 
Traditionally, the bride's guests sit to the left of the aisle and the groom's to the right (or the reverse for a Jewish wedding). Reserve the first rows for family, then have ushers escort guests to a spot on the groom's or bride's side of the aisle, or let attendees know it's open seating with a sign that says, "Have a seat—anywhere!”
 
PERSONALIZE THE CEREMONY
Customize your service by choosing songs and readings, or by writing your vows. Look to poetry, literature, song lyrics, and even your own love letters for inspiration. Feel free to think outside the box, and pick songs that really speak to you.
 
SCHEDULE THE HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST
Schedule hair appointments for three hours before and makeup appointments at least an hour before; you won't be harried and attendees won't be kept waiting. 
 
CONFIRMATION OF ORDERS
By this time, flowers should be decided on, favors should be bought, and groomsmen outfits should be ordered.
 
BUYING AND ASKING FOR
Order gifts for your wedding party, as well as any extras for the wedding day. These include everything from cake knives and toasting glasses to guest books and unity candles. And while you're treating them, let them treat you, by asking your closest guests if they'd be willing to deliver a toast.

OPTIONAL 

FOOD TASTING   
We recommend that you schedule the food tasting which is included in most venues as soon as you get to paradise. If you are arriving with less than 7 days before your day, we will see if we can work something out. Or you can trust us, we have done this before :) 
 
BRAINSTORM GUEST FAVORS AND GIFT BAGS
You don’t have to do favor or gift bags, but now’s the time to decide. For some of our favorite options check out our party favors section.

3 MONTHS 

BOOK TRANSPORTATION FOR GUESTS IF NEEDED
How do you know if it’s needed? Consider your venue’s parking situation, guests’ access to car services or public transportation, and the cost you’re asking them to incur. Good rule of thumb: If it’s going to run them $20 or more—especially if you’ve already asked them to travel for a destination wedding— think about a shuttle bus. Or, some car services, mostly just lean on us as your planner.
 
BOOK TRANSPORTATION FOR NEWLYWEDS
Time to think about you two. Whether you’re into getting in to a stretch Escalade limo, or all about hopping on a tandem bicycle—get around in a style.
 
BUY WEDDING BANDS
Does your fiancé (or you) know the difference between an engagement ring and a wedding band? 
 
WRITE VOWS
If you’ve opted to write your own promises to one another, start thinking about what those should sound like for you two as a couple. Traditional? Tear-jerking? Feminist? Millennial? Pop-culture inspired? 
 
SELECT READINGS
Bible verses are an obvious choice here, but there are plenty of nonreligious options, as well. If you’d like for your readers to choose their own, make sure you give them as much guidance as possible. 
Meet with the Officiate! We will set that up virtually, and Invite Him or Her to the Rehearsal Dinner
Lots of things to consider when asking someone to marry you, but your main concerns are availability, eligibility, fee, and fit. Can your officiate of choice lawfully, affordably, and meaningfully help you two become one? Once you've chosen, make sure he or she is on the same page as you about your expectations and the overall tone you want for your ceremony. 
For the rehearsal dinner, make sure you give us an accurate list of addresses, and feel free to discuss the design and overall aesthetic of the rehearsal dinner. You don’t want it to be an exact replica of the reception that will follow the next night.

2 MONTHS 

ESSENTIALS AND MISCELLANEOUS
Are you doing a garter toss? Buy the garter. Have your rings been bought? Get them now. Want a signature cocktail at the reception? Start concocting.
And we make sure your venue has it's loose ends tied as well. Power, for example, is a huge thing to check on. Is there enough for your performers and décor? Where are the outlets?
Send Out Rehearsal-Dinner Invitations (These Can Be Included With the Wedding Invitations If You Like)
 
PICK UP YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE
Ah, the fine print. There are four steps to getting your marriage license, and it's important to know where to go, what to bring, how much it’ll cost, how long it’ll take, and how long it’ll last.
A destination wedding, whether domestic or international, you’ll need to research those paperwork requirements as well. Then, make sure you as a couple, your witness(es), and your officiate sign it.
 
BUY WEDDING-PARTY GIFTS
How much you spend on your bridesmaids' gifts is determined on an individual basis, but no matter your price point, your goal should be something that’s as thoughtful, functional, and personalized as possible. Make sure that you send these gifts just before you leave so it will be there for them when they get home. Or choose something small and elegant for both that will travel or wear easily.

4-6 WEEKS 

CHART, SCHEDULE, SIGN AND PLAN
By now, your ceremony should be finalized, but small details still need to be taken care of. Arrange seating charts, confirm who'll be reading and toasting, write your vows, and print your programs. Also shoot your vendors a day-of schedule, so that they're on the same page as you are.
If rehearsal dinner invitations haven't been mailed, send them now. Then, research your state laws and secure your marriage license at home. You won't be official without it!

ONE MONTH OUT

Assemble Gift Bags
Follow the same guidelines as you do for your DIY projects to ensure this task is fun, not frustrating.
 
Pay Your Vendors in Full
The last awkward situation you want to deal with right before your wedding day is the final payment to your wedding planner so we can ensure all vendors are paid fully and held accountable for your selections and quality.
 
Order or Make Your Escort Cards and Place Cards
First, you should know the difference. While both place cards and escort cards designate where each guest will be seated at a wedding, place cards are more specific—and also more formal—than escort cards. A place card not only directs guests to the table where each will sit during the reception, but also points each guest to his or her particular seat at the table. Whichever you choose, you’ll want your cards to complement the overall theme of your wedding, but again, the possibilities are unlimited.
 
Put Cash in Tip Envelopes for Your Planner to Distribute
Remember those labeled envelopes we talked about for last-minute checks or tips? It’s customary to tip the following vendors: musicians, DJs, hair stylist, makeup artist, drivers, bartenders, and servers. Many couples tip the wedding planner as well.

2-4 WEEKS

BREAK IN SHOES
Wear your wedding heels around the house—your feet will thank you later.

WEEK PRIOR

DETAILS TO WRAP UP.
Picking up your dress and the rings
Confirming flights and reservations.
Confirming any last minute revisions to the guest list with us.
 
WHAT WE WILL BE DOING.
Putting together favors and welcome bags
Confirming delivery and arrival times with vendors, hairstylist, and makeup artist
 
TASKS TO ASSIGN
A guest-gatherer for photos on wedding day
A day-of point person for guest questions and concerns
Someone to take wedding gifts home post-reception

WEEK OF

You Should Bring……..
Your dress, shoes, undergarments, and jewelry
The groom's and attendants' gifts (if you didn't give these tokens of appreciation the night before)
Your vows, if self-penned and the wedding bands to hand off to the best man 
We recomend that you have a kit of……
Ibuprofen
Bobby pins
A sewing kit
Earring backs
Buttons
Crazy glue
Deodorant
Baby powder
Stain remover

Final Week

Refreshing your hair color
Getting your eyebrows done
Manicure/pedicure
Getting a massage (why not make it a couple's massage?)
Final dress fitting (a friend or bridesmaid should come with you so she can learn how to bustle if your dress requires it)
Pack your bags  (don’t forget your passport if you’re leaving the country), and confirm your travel arrangements
Any edible crafting
Clean your ring (head to your jeweler to get your engagement ring professionally cleaned so it’s extra sparkly on your wedding day)
Chase any RSVP stragglers and deliver the final head count
Clear your work to-do list so you can only focus on wedding festivities and take it all in
Practice your vows out loud
Write your partner a note

THE DAY BEFORE

All your careful preparation and creative planning have come to fruition, and it’s time to enjoy the wedding.
Here’s what to do
Eat a healthy meal
Pack a clutch or small bag of personal items
Drink water
Get a good night's sleep

THE MORNING OF….

Stay off your feet as much as possible
Eat breakfast
Drink even more water
Take your dress and veil out of the bag early on and have someone steam them if needed
Lay out all the items (rings, invitations, etc.) that you want your photographer to capture
Exchange notes with your partner
Say thank you to everyone around you

FOR BRIDES WITH LESS TIME TO PLAN

Though 12 to 14 months is the ideal length for an engagement, every couple’s engagement time is different. If your engagement length is shorter, our advice is to condense the schedule.
“If you’re getting married in six months, try to complete all the wedding-planning checklist tasks designated for month 12 to 6 in that very first month, and then you’ll be right on schedule with everything else.