Archive | May, 2013

Our Destination Wedding Timeline

27 May

Spring 2012 (1 year + to wedding):

Set up account on

Pick location

Pick date

Find travel coordinator

Book block of rooms

Book photographer

Book officiant

June 2012 (11 months):


Wedding budget

July 2012 (10 months):

Find a wedding dress

Buy wedding dress

August 2012 (9 months):

Birth certificates

Find out about travel documents, visas and vaccinations

Tell bridesmaids about their dresses

September 2012 (8 months):

Book catamaran cruise

Research photo shots & talk to photographer



October 2012 (7 months):

Book hotel rooms & flights

Notarize copies of birth certificates and passport

Order invitations

Get travel insurance

November 2012 (6 months):

Mail invitations

December 2012 (5 months):

Buy yamukle and glass for breaking

Get our wedding rings

Book a DJ

January 2013 (4 months):

Mail required documents to resort

Start to get dress altered

Look at groomsmen outfits

Buy bikinis

Pick up groomsmen and grooms outfit

Pick up rings

Call people who haven’t RSVPed

February 2013 (3 months): 

Plan table decor

Call floral shop

Dress alteration

Order sky lanterns

Attendant’s gifts

Grooms outfit altered

Give out groomsmen outfits

Send final list to resort

March 2013 (2 months):

Organize a slideshow of pictures & order equipment – if want

Plan first dance

Finish ceremony programs

Write welcome letter

Check resort has required documents

Music list

Wedding toasts

Finalize escort cards

Complete welcome bags

Email guests: itinerary, food requests, etc.

Finalize trip schedule including wedding party day of itinerary

Reserve a tent, curtains, dance floor, and lights (beach reception)

April 2013 (1 month):

Pick up any prescriptions or travel stuff need from CVS

Write vows

Call credit cards

Make photo copies of credit cards and passports

Choose all music

Make thank you cards for family

Pick up dress

Email photographer: final payment, itinerary, confirmation, list of shots want

Pay photographer

Email videographer: confirmation, itinerary

Email DJ: confirmation, payment, music list

Pay DJ

Email officiant: confirmation, itinerary, payment

Email Makeup/Hair: confirmation, itinerary

Email florist: confirmation, itinerary

Email tent vendor: confirmation, itinerary

Email resort with finalized list

May 2013 (THE MONTH):


Check insurance policies, health benefits, etc.

Sell extra stuff on BDW

Finish honeymoon plans

June 2013 (-1 month):

July 2013 (-2 months):

Wedding photo book for self and family

Check on wedding certificate

August 2013 (-3 months):

Make an appointment at travel clinic for honeymoon prep

September 2013 (-4 months):

October 2013 (-5 months):

November 2013 (-6 months):


December 2013 (-7 months):

Start name change –> New passport, driver’s license, SS card, etc.

Note:  Over the next few months, I will be posting some helpful tips and information that can hopefully help brides planning destination and U.S. weddings.  I will also post this information on   If you have any questions, suggestions, or tips, please send them my way by emailing or posting in the comments section.