Planning a wedding ceremony is a big undertaking, and the seemingly never ending checklist of to-dos can easily feel complicated. But it doesn’t have to be—especially if you follow a structured timeline that allows you to prioritize tasks and stay on track. All of us asked top planners to share the wedding-planning duration bound timelines with us, so you can get the most away of your planning experience.

Determining your wedding eyesight is the first step in creating a clear arrange for taking your dream alive. Tessa Lyn Brand, creator of wedding preparation agency Tessa Lyn Occurrences, says 12 to 14 months is the ideal diamond length for a wedding, when yours is shorter, make an effort to condense every item that fall in months two through six in the first month.

Head to and publication your location, if you haven’t already. Venues sometimes fill up for least a year ahead, thus booking before can make certain your day exists.

Get or order all the wedding equipment you need, including toasting flutes, cake hosting space, and unity candles. Shop for getting-ready outfits (dresses, tuxes) for your own plus your bridal party, if necessary. Shop for items (optional) for your family and friends and yourself.

Send out your final RSVP list to the caterer, and make sure all of the guest-related vendors have final count up. Write the toasts for the wedding rehearsal dinner and wedding reception (and practice all of them if you want). Assemble pleasant bags for anyone who is providing those to out-of-town guests, if possible. Have the last costume or fit fitting, and order every one of the shoes and accessories you have to complete the ensemble.