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.