The Planning Timeline: from our friends at WeddingWire

Our friends at WeddingWire asked us to share this helpful wedding planning timeline with our readers. We totally understand the floral and decor planning timeline and yet, are admittedly, a little less knowledgeable about when you should be contacting your other vendors. So, we'll use this as a resource ourselves so that we can better advise you our other clients.

It's important to note that this is a graphic that WeddingWire will share on a national scale. The timeline for Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Loudoun County will be a little different and probably needs to be fast fowarded.

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Like us, many venues are booking well into 2018 and even 2019 now. If you can, start your search for your ceremony and reception venue eighteen months in advance, you'll have the ability to choose between several of your favorite spots.

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We are booking a lot of weddings for 2018 right now. That doesn't mean that J. Morris Flowers or your own local florist won't be able to fit you into their calendar. We love all of our brides and grooms no matter when we hear from them. Don't hesitate to call. All florists occassionally have a few openings and are happy to try and work with you. 

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Here's a funny wrinkle for the planning calendar. It's really important that we have some ideas about what your dress will look like and the colors that you plan to put your bridal party in. We are going to design your florals to complement YOU and your wedding party. If your not ready to choose your dress but you want to secure that wildly popular florist, use your Pinterest board to create a vision. (A visit to your florist abead of the cake baker will help you design the asthetic for your cake as you will be able to share your theme flowers)

If you are thining about hair flowers, then let's make sure you coordinate between us (your florirst and your hair stylist. Do we recomment hair flowers? Yup, you bet!

We really like the idea of the follow-up visit. We suggest that we review the decor plan 45 to 90 days in advance so let's add that to the list.

There are so many great guides and planning materials, you can get this done! If you are fortunate enough to work with a wedding planner, you'll have someone to guide you through the process. Recently, we've had some brides call to talk about our timeline soon after they are engaged. It takes only a few minutes and now these clever brides have created a timeline for their own geographic region and can begin to plan accordingly. Give us a call, we are happy to help. 

Still searching for that great venue. WeddingWire has a great page for Virginia brides. 

Photography by Eli Turner, Anna Grace and Candice Adelle.