We’re less than a year away! Nine months before the wedding, you’re starting to feel the excitement of the engagement slowly feel normal as you identify as a fiancé, and you feel a little anxious at one day identifying as a “wife”. You might still feel like you’ve got plenty of time before the wedding, but trust me: you’ll be much better off to tackle a few of things outline below this month than to leave them for later.
Many brides consider the wedding as the day they want to look their very best. If you plan to start a healthy diet and exercise regimen, then about nine months before your wedding is when you should look into and start working with a personal trainer or health counselor who can make sure that you look and feel your best and you’re nearing the big event.
You can also use this time to research and maybe even book the rest of your wedding day vendors that might not need as much of a head’s up, like your florist, hair and makeup artist, your decor suppliers, and even the bakery for your cake. This nine month head’s up is perfect for these vendors to plan their schedule, especially if you’re getting hitched during peak wedding season.
Since you’ve been researching wedding dresses for a couple months now, you should have a pretty good idea of what you’re looking for in a gown and where you want to buy from. At this point in the wedding planning process, it’s time to take a deep breath, and bite that bullet. Order the dress of your dreams. Choose a dress that represents you and your personality and style, and also makes you feel empowered as the main attraction of the big day. Choosing your dress around this time gives you plenty of opportunity for repeat fittings to make sure it’s exactly right for you on your wedding day.
Another big to-do item is to choose and book your catering service. While the menu might get fleshed out later on when it’s closer to your wedding season, you should at least reserve the company that will be handling your food and work out logistics like travel to and from the kitchen to the venue, special access for the catering and wait staff, etc.
And lastly, one more fun thing you can do at this time is to submit your engagement photos to your local or hometown newspapers to announce your engagement. Now that you hopefully have your wedding registry up and running, you can graciously receive all the well-wishes from neighbors and extended family and friends, and then direct them to your online registry if they wish to extend their congratulations in the form of a gift with which you may start your new life together.
Stay tuned for more wedding planning tips and to see my suggestions for things you can be working on during the 8th month before your wedding day!