A month-by-month checklist to help in planning the event of your lifetime!
9+ Months before the wedding:
Set your wedding date!
Select your ceremony venue.
Select your reception venue.
Start a wedding file. This is a file or binder to keep all your wedding documents, contracts, ideas etc. Organization is key for less stress!
Create a wedding website. The Knot and WeddingWire are good resources for creating your personalized site.
Research wedding ideas. Begin browsing bridal blogs, magazines, and Harbour View’s Pinterest page for wedding style and color palette inspiration.
Hire a full service wedding planner if you plan to. Some brides choose to hire a planner because their schedule doesn’t allow enough time for planning.
Select your wedding party and request their participation in your special day.
Start shopping for a wedding gown. It’s never too early to find the perfect dress!
Start shopping for bridesmaids dresses. The colors of your bridesmaids dresses may influence many other color choices, such as your linens, flowers and such.
Send out your save-the-dates. Save-the-dates are great if you plan on inviting out-of-town guests.
Research, interview, and book the following vendors: Refer to the Harbour View Recommended Vendors list for suggestions for the following:
Photographer & Videographer
Band or DJ
Start compiling names & addresses for the guest list.
5 – 8 Months before the wedding:
Sign up for a gift registry. Gift registries make gift selection easier on your guests. Be sure to choose items for your registry from every price range to accommodate each guest’s budget.
Finalize the guest list. Once finalized make sure to send the list to your Harbour View coordinator, as well as your catering company.
Shop for wedding stationery. There are alternatives to wedding invitations such as video invites or personalized wedding websites.
Choose your wedding favors. If you plan to order anything with personalization, check to see if they will be available and delivered before your special date. *You can always DIY your favors*
Arrange accommodations and transportation. Some guests (such as out-of-towners) may wish to stay at a nearby hotel after the festivities. Check out the Recommended Vendor List for nearby hotels and their services for your wedding day.
Begin preparations for your honeymoon. Consult with your travel agent and discuss possible honeymoon destinations and prices. Make arrangements early to catch the lowest airfares. Apply for or renew your passport if needed.
3 – 5 Months before the wedding:
Shop for your wedding bands.
Select tuxedos. Check the store availability for colors and when fittings need to be arranged.
Order other bridal accessories such as shoes, veil, headpieces, jewelry etc.
Select a location for your rehearsal dinner. Ask us about the different options for hosting your dinner at Harbour View. We have the beautiful River Room that works perfectly for Rehearsal Dinners.
Schedule a hair and makeup trial and book your stylists.
Select or finalize ceremony readings and vows.
Choose and order your wedding party ‘Thank You’ gifts.
1 – 3 Months before the wedding:
Send out your invitations. Include accommodation information for out-of-towners!
Purchase wedding day-of accessories such as a guest book, toasting glasses, cake, knife, ring pillow, etc.
Have ceremony programs and/or menu cards printed if you plan to provide them.
Apply for your marriage license.
If you plan to change your name, refer to the website missnowmrs.com for helpful information.
Choose your wedding music and share your selections with your Band or DJ.
Meet with your photographer or videographer to discuss your desired shot list.
Schedule your final fitting for the gown. Include fittings for your bridesmaids and flower girls if needed.
Attend coordination meeting at Harbour View. Be sure to bring along your wedding day timeline and a complete list of your vendors information.
1 – 2 Weeks before the wedding:
Determine your final guest count and share it with your caterer and Harbour View coordinator.
Create a seating chart and/or place cards. Refer to Harbour View’s sample seating chart for assistance.
Confirm times and finalize your plans with the wedding party.
Schedule times for arrivals for vendors. Your Harbour View coordinator will assist with scheduling.
Confirm rehearsal plans with your officiate and Harbour View coordinator.
Pick up wedding gown. Be sure to try everything on & make sure all your accessories are there.
Put together a bridal emergency kit with items such as a mini sewing kit, safety pins, mouthwash, band-aids, etc.
Pick up your marriage license.
Confirm hotel room blocks.
If leaving for your honeymoon right after you wedding, pack for your honeymoon and confirm your reservations, if applicable. Don’t forget to pack all necessary documents for travel.
1 Day before the wedding:
Enjoy some relaxing time with your friends and family with a massage, a mani/pedi, or brunch.
Pack all wedding-day items. Don’t forget the rings and marriage license!
Drop off your ceremony and/or reception items to Harbour View. Items intended for drop-off should be discussed during the coordination meeting.
Enjoy your ceremony rehearsal.
Prepare gratuities for vendors. Refer to Harbour View’s “Tips for Tipping” page for guidance.
Get a good night’s sleep knowing that the Harbour View team will make your special day perfect!
The Wedding Day:
Beautiful venue, and extremely helpful and pleasant staff. I thought we were just renting a location, but the staff went to extraordinary lengths to help with coordination of vendors and setup of the reception. Perfectly magical event!
It was a perfect event thanks to your staff.
Everything and everyone associated with Harbour View was outstanding.
Everything was perfect. The staff was able to help me bring together my daughter’s sweet 16 and made it awesome.
Harbour View is amazing; from the facilities to their staff. They were so wonderful to work with and made the process of planning my wedding a breeze.
The event was wonderful. I didn’t worry about ANYTHING the day of our wedding. Excellent service!
You exceeded my expectations! Thank you, thank you, thank you! It was worth every dollar!
The room looked absolutely beautiful. Everything went so very well, you and your staff were wonderful!
I can honestly say that I would not have done anything differently! It was an amazing day! From the day I signed the contract to my wedding, everything was perfect!
Harbour View is my favorite venue to host events. As a corporate event manager, I find the staff incredibly helpful and professional.