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The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide

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Getting married and don't know where to start? 

I've noticed lately that after launching this blog in January 2014, a lot of friends has been asking me to help in their wedding preparations. What is so amazing is that, most of the times, I am one of those few who are privileged to be informed first of the coming union. First hand information huh! spells also as "tsismis". Kidding aside, I am honored and humbled to be tapped in helping  them in their journey to forever.

Their first line usually starts with "May date na kami pero ano na ba ang mga susunod na preparation? Where do we start?" I usually advise the couple(s) to start preparing a year in advance if they plan not to hire a full wedding coordinator.

So I am sharing with you my Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist and the General Wedding Information Sheet which I usually present to my couple for them to have an overview of what will happen during the wedding preparation.

12 Months before
- Start a wedding folder or binder
- Work out your budget 
- Pickup your wedding entourage
- Start the guest list
- Hire a planner if desired
- Reserve your dates and venues
- Book your priest / officiant
- Research for photographers, bands, florists and caterers

8 Months before
- Hire the photographer and the videographer
- Book the entertainment / bands / singers / choir (if any)
- Meet caterers
- Meet gown designer for your bridal gown
- Reserve hotel room for your bridal suite
- Launch a wedding website "wedsite" (if you wish)

7 to 6  Months before
- Select and purchase invitations
- Start planning a honeymoon
- Send save the date (STD) cards  or  video
- Meet with the priest
- Book a flourist
- Arrange transportation
- Start composing a day-of timeline

5 to 4  Months before
- Check on the wedding invitations
- Select and order the cake
- Send your guest list to the host of your bridal shower
- Purchase wedding shoes and start dress fitting
- Schedule hair and make-up artists (HMUs)
- Choose your music

3  Month before
- Finalize the menu and flowers and over all set-up of the reception
- Order favors
- Make a list of the people giving toasts
- Finalize the readings
- Purchase your undergarments and schedule for second fitting
- Finalize the order of the ceremony and the reception
- Print menu cards, if you like, as well as the programs
- Purchase the rings
- Send your event schedule to the suppliers

2 Month before
- Meet again with all your suppliers to finalize 
- Meet with the photographer for your pre-nuptial photos
- Review the playlist with the band or DJ
- Send out invitations
- Submit a newspaper wedding announcement

1 Month before
- Enter RSVPs into your guest-list database
- Get your marriage license
- Mail the rehearsal-dinner invitations (if there is)
Visit the dressmaker for the last dress fitting
- Send out as many final payments as you can
- Confirm call times for hair and make up and all suppliers
- Email and print directions for drivers of transport vehicles
- Assign seating
- Purchase bridesmaids' gifts
- Write vows, if necessary

Week of the Wedding
- Reconfirm arrival times with suppliers
- Delegate small wedding-day tasks
- Send timeline to the bridal entourage
- Pickup bridal gown
- Check in one last time with the photographer
- Send the final guest list to the caterer and all venues hosting your wedding-related events
- Break in your shoes
- Pack for your honeymoon


Download the free General Wedding Information Sheet from to guide you with your wedding planning.

Download the PDF File  here

If you need some help in your wedding preparations, feel free to leave a message or leave your questions at the comment section. You may also email me at