9 - 11 Months Before Your Wedding Day

Next, get a little more granular. 

If you're planning on wearing a wedding gown, start shopping so you have lots of time for alterations. Start envisioning what type of food you want at your reception. Decide what type of entertainment you want. A pianist for the cocktail hour, strolling violinists, a DJ or band? Your options are endless. Speaking of which, now's the time to really start researching, interviewing and booking your vendors: photographer, videographer, reception entertainment and florist. (Yes, it's time to start thinking about floral decor.) Research a wedding insurance policy to protect your deposits. Research and reserve hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. Send save-the-date cards. 

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Save-the-Dates

Use your favorite engagement photo, or choose a more simple style. It is time to send out your Save the Dates to your guest list. 

Music Mixing

Entertainment

Determine whether you would like a band or a DJ. This is going to be the real life of the party once dinner is over, so it is important to meet them in person and see them in action before you hire them. 

Lens Zoom

Photographer

Photos (and video) are all you have left when all is said and done. Be sure you are hiring a professional and you are reviewing full galleries from previous weddings. 

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Book Caterer

This is only necessary if your venue does not provide food and alcohol. You will want to find a caterer who can provide everything you need, including place settings and linens.

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Florist

Find centerpieces and bouquets on Pinterest that you like and be sure you know what your wedding party will be wearing so everything matches.

Video Camera

Videographer

If you are looking to hire a videographer you will want to do this sooner than later. Some do wait and book this only if it fits in their budget, that is up to you. 

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