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Planning a Wedding? Here’s a Timeline

Want a quick timeline for arranging a wedding? Here’s ours.

Before Choosing a Date

  • Find out if your desired dates are available for:
    • Your wedding venue
    • Your reception hall
    • Your caterer
    • Your musician

Start 12 – 18 months ahead

  • Choose and reserve the venue of your choice for:
    • Your wedding ceremony
    • The rehearsal dinner
    • The wedding reception

9 – 12 months ahead

  • Begin catering arrangements for the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception / dinner
  • Choose your photographer
  • Choose (and order) your wedding dress (and any alterations)
  • Choose your bridesmaid dresses (if they need to be made, or ordered in different sizes)
  • Start shopping for:
    • Florists
    • Musicians (or DJs)
    • Cake Bakeries

4 – 5 months ahead

  • Make guest lists for the rehearsal dinner and reception
  • Choose invitations and order them
  • Make arrangements for a tuxedo (buy, rent, alter)
  • Make hotel reservations for out of town guests

2 – 3 months ahead

  • Mail out invitations
  • Arrange limousine service

1 – 2 months ahead

  • Confirm rehearsal dinner venue
  • Finalize menu and room set-up with caterer
  • Confirm music list with the musicians or D.J.
  • Confirm all other arrangements


We’re Catering by Design and we would love to cater your event. Catering by Design is one of the top caterers in the Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. We cater events throughout the greater Raleigh area, and even into Hillsborough, Fuquay Varina, Rocky Mount, New Hill and Southern Pines.

Call us at (919) 481-2366. Find out how we can help you have the best time and happiest guests at your next event.

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