Every wedding is different. Most, though, share common elements, so planning your Cincinnati wedding timeline is pretty predictable.

You should plan your wedding timeline accordingly.

12 months

  • Budget
  • Guest list
  • Hire wedding planner
  • Select venue
  • Select caterer

11 months

  • Color themes and design
  • Hire the fun and memory maker vendors early, including the entertainment. Remember, popular dates book fast!

10 months

  • Shop for dress
  • Block out rooms for guests
  • Create website
  • Engagement photos
  • Shop invitations

9 months

  • Buy gown

8 months

  • Set up gift registry
  • Bridesmaids dresses/fittings
  • Shop florists
  • Hire officiant

7 months

  • Rehearsal dinner venue
  • Hire ceremony musicians
  • Order rental items

5 months

  • Book guest transportation
  • Book couple’s transportation
  • Book honeymoon
  • Rent tuxedos
  • Premarital counseling

4 months

  • Final tasting with caterer
  • Choose cake
  • Wedding bands
  • Groomsmen attire/fitting
  • Groomsmen Gifts
  • Hair/make up trial

3 months

  • Order invitations
  • Plan menu
  • Guest favors/gift bags
  • Photo booth
  • Write vows
  • Select readings
  • Meet officiant/invite to rehearsal dinner

2 months

  • Start wedding invitations
  • Send out rehearsal dinner invites
  • First dress fitting
  • Pick up marriage license
  • Buy wedding party gifts
  • Floral mock up
  • Firm up music selections with DJ
  • Song selections for ceremony musicians
  • Pay vendors in full

1 month

  • Create seating chart
  • Order or make place cards
  • Final venue walk through
  • Tip envelopes
  • Break in your wedding shoes


Is this wedding timeline rigid? Not really, but it is a helpful guideline!

For example, wedding couples surveyed after the wedding tend to regret underspending on services that provide the fun (like the DJ) and the memories. Sometimes, they wait too long, and the good vendors are gone.

That’s why when it comes to DJ entertainment for your event, you don’t want to wait too long. Big Daddy Walker Productions gets booked very early for popular dates. Check us out today without obligation.