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Your Wedding Timeline: From Engagement to 'I Do'

Updated: 4 days ago

Now that you've said "yes," it's time to start planning your dream vineyard wedding at Vista 222! A wedding timeline is your roadmap to a stress-free planning process, ensuring everything falls into place for your special day. While the traditional timeline spans 12 months, remember that flexibility is key. Want a copy of this timeline? Get the downloadable, printable checklist here:


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Everything we've listed below can be done in a shorter or longer timeline; just remember that you are subject to third-party availability. That means knowing how far in advance you need to book your venue and vendors, including catering and music. (Print items and décor are also subject to creation/delivery times, so remember to allow enough time to prepare!)




Let's dive into creating your wedding timeline, from engagement to 'I Do'.

12+ Months Before As you bask in the joy of your recent engagement, it's time to set the stage for your vineyard wedding at Vista 222. With a year or more to go, here are the initial steps to take:

  • Celebrate and Announce: Share the exciting news with family and friends!

  • Choose Your Date: Consider the season and availability at Vista 222.

  • Set a Budget: Determine your budget, keeping in mind the venue, vendors, and other expenses.

  • Book the Venue: Secure Vista 222 for your wedding date.

  • Research Vendors: Start researching and look into booking vendors like caterers, photographers, and florists.

  • Guest List: Begin compiling your guest list to estimate the size of your event.

  • Engagement Photos: Schedule a photoshoot at Vista 222 for breathtaking vineyard backdrops.

10-11 Months Before As the months progress, it's time to solidify your wedding vision and lock in essential details:

  • Mail out those engagement photos!

  • Catering: Narrow down your catering options and meet with the top candidates.

  • Wedding Attire: Start shopping for your wedding dress and attire for the wedding party.

  • Create a Wedding Website: Share details, RSVP options, and accommodation information.

  • Begin Registry: Start your gift registry to give guests ample time to choose.

 

8-9 Months Before With the big day on the horizon, it's time to start firming up the finer points of your vineyard celebration.


  • Wedding Rings: Shop for and order your wedding rings.

  • Finalize Vendors: Confirm contracts with vendors, ensuring they align with your vision.

  • Music and Entertainment: Book your DJ, band, or other entertainment.

  • Send Save-the-Dates: This is especially important for a destination or holiday weekend wedding.

  • Plan Rehearsal Dinner: Start planning details for the night before your wedding.

  • RSVP Deadline: Confirm your RSVP deadline for final headcounts.

 

6-7 Months Before

With six to seven months to go, it's all about fine-tuning and adding those personal touches:

  • Order Invitations: Choose and order your wedding invitations.

  • Hotel Accommodations: If appropriate, reserve hotel room blocks for guests. Consider your guest list and what you anticipate the attendance rate for out-of-town guests will be.

  • Honeymoon Planning: Begin researching and booking your honeymoon.

  • Marriage License: Check requirements and begin the process.

  • Hair and Makeup Trials: Schedule trials to perfect your wedding day look.

  • Floral Design: Finalize floral arrangements and decor details.


4-5 Months Before


The countdown is on! Now is the time to make sure everything is falling into place for your vineyard celebration:


  • Menu Tasting: Schedule a menu tasting with your designated catering team. Don't forget to include Vista 222's three estate wines as part of your tasting experience to pick the perfect pairings.

  • Send the invitations: Mail out your wedding invitations! Guest Accommodations: Finalize hotel block details and share booking information.

  • Contract: Review and finalize vendor contracts and details. Ask any outstanding questions.

  • Gifts for the Wedding Party: Purchase or make gifts for your wedding party.

  • Timeline Draft: Work with your wedding coordinator to draft a wedding day timeline.



2-3 Months Before

With two to three months left, it's all about those final touches and ensuring a smooth flow for your special day:


  • Final Fittings: Schedule final fittings for wedding attire.

  • Create a Seating Chart: Begin organizing your seating chart.

  • Finalize Ceremony Details: Write vows, choose readings, and plan ceremony logistics.

  • Confirm Everything: Double-check with all vendors for final arrangements.


1 Month Before As the days fly by, it's time to wrap up loose ends and get ready to walk down the vineyard aisle:

  • Final Payments: Arrange final payments for vendors.

  • Confirm Timeline: Review and finalize the wedding day timeline.

  • Meet with Vista 222 to review vendor details and your timeline.

  • Packing Preparation: Make a list and start packing for your wedding night and honeymoon.

  • Break in Shoes: Wear your wedding shoes around the house to break them in.

  • Relax and Enjoy: Take time for self-care and enjoy the days leading up to your wedding.


Week of the Wedding


With the week of your wedding upon you, it's all about those final preparations and soaking in the excitement:


  • Delegate Tasks: Assign responsibilities to trusted friends or family.

  • Final Details: Confirm all details with vendors one last time.

  • Wedding Rehearsal: Practice the ceremony with your wedding party.

  • Welcome Guests: Greet out-of-town guests and enjoy pre-wedding celebrations.

Wedding Day


Today is the day you've been dreaming of! Here's how to make the most of your Vista 222 wedding day:

  • Get Ready: Start your day with hair and makeup.

  • Enjoy the Moment: Take in every moment of your vineyard wedding at Vista 222, knowing that we are here to support your vision.

  • Say 'I Do': Cherish your ceremony surrounded by vineyard beauty.

  • Celebrate: Dance the night away with loved ones, creating unforgettable memories.

 

Remember, while this timeline is a guide, every wedding is unique. Vista 222 is here to support you through every step of the planning process, ensuring your vineyard wedding is as magical as you've always dreamed. Cheers to your love story and the journey from engagement to 'I Do'!

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