As exciting as weddings are, the planning stages can certainly be a daunting and overwhelming task.

Pippin Hill’s time-conscious to-do list offers insight into the tricks of the wedding timeline trade.


Twelve Months in Advance:

At least a year out from your ideal wedding date, set your budget and reserve a reception and ceremony site. Once you have the venue nailed down, you can start brainstorming your colors, theme and décor.

Here at Pippin Hill, we offer ceremony and dining set-up for up to 250 guests. Our reception provisions include Chiavari dining chairs, 5.5′ round dining tables, banquet tables, and our classic tabletop essentials–Pippin Hill linens and napkins, china, flatware, stemware, and barware.


Officiant Cade BowmanEight to Ten Months in Advance:

Focus on the driving force behind your dream wedding. What matters most to you? The officiant? The music? The florist? The food? Consider the overall picture, and start hiring the key players for your wedding day.

Also, now is the time to determine if you are hiring a planner. If so, schedule a meeting to make sure it’s the right fit.

Block hotel rooms for out-of-towns guests to ensure seamless travels, and complete your gift registry so your guests have ample time to purchase your wedding gifts!


Cade Bowman Wedding BandsFour to Six Months in Advance:

Now is the time to decide on and order attire for the wedding party, order invitations and send save the dates to your guests, and begin to plan the rehearsal dinner. Don’t forget about  securing transportation for your wedding party and hammering out smaller details with vendors such as flower selection and palette.

Start looking into honeymoon destinations and making travel reservations before prices surge. And if you havent’ already, shop around for wedding rings, which often take time to customize.


Two to Four Months in Advance:

Although your guests have received save-the-dates, mail invitations now so they have all of your wedding details far ahead of time.

Start envisioning your personal look on your wedding day by setting hair and makeup trials and exploring accessory options. In Pippin Hill’s bridal suite, we allow our brides to schedule a trial with her stylist at our hair and makeup bar to get a good sense of the room, the light and the space.

Work with your officiant on wedding ceremony readings and details.  Also, now is the time to write your vows! This far in advance will leave plenty of time to practice.

Screen shot 2014-10-08 at 12.03.32 PMOne to Two Weeks in Advance:

Get excited for your final dress fitting!

Now is the time to create a final shot list for your photographer. Don’t forget the “getting ready” shots!  Also, reach out to your DJ or Band about a “must play” or even “do not play” list for your reception.

We also recommend reviewing your RSVPs’ at this point in order to provide a final head count to your venue and caterer; this also allows you to finalize the seating chart.

Finally, spend some time in your wedding day heels to break them in, and ensure a smooth and elegant walk down the aisle!

Veranda-LoungeOne Day in Advance:

Enjoy some quality time and last minute pampering with your bridal party. We recommend a mani-pedi, followed by a bridal luncheon on our veranda.

The day before is also a wonderful time to share a gift with your wedding party. Whether it’s matching jewlery to wear to the wedding, or a handwritten, personalized note, find a special way to recognize your ‘maids and remind them of your friendship.

And of course, rehearse the ceremony and ask your officiant any last minute questions! It’s important to feel confident about the rehearsal and the processional/recessional.


As BRIDES states, “there’s more to the morning of your wedding than makeup applications and mimosas.”  We couldn’t agree more.

See their complete list of insightful tips for maximizing your wedding day experience.

But, most of all. Enjoy yourself and take a mental photograph of all of the special memories possible.

Kiss your family, hug your friends, and remember – it’s your big day!

Photo 1, 6: Tec Petaja, Photo 2, 3: Cade Bowman Photography,  Photo 4: Rothwell Photography, Photo 5, 7: Jen Fariello Photography

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