You know that you want to marry your partner. Whether you’ve been together for a few months or over ten years, it doesn’t matter. The truth is that you know. This is the person you want to share your life with and you’re ready to start the process. There’s only one problem. You’re not exactly sure how the process starts. From shopping for engagement rings to popping the question and booking the venue to buying gifts for the bridal party, the entire process feels overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve created a comprehensive guide for planning your big day. Most people assume that wedding planning starts the day you get engaged, but it actually starts months before with the engagement ring. Follow the steps below for a stress-free, perfect day.

Engagement Timeline

mark Schneider Engagement Ring - Mystify6 Months Before:

Once you set a tentative date for when you want to get engaged, it’s important to start shopping for rings as soon as possible. Even if you’ve done a lot of research in the past or think you know the kind of ring you want, it’s nearly impossible to truly tell until you’ve seen the rings in person and tried them on. Take your time with this step and enjoy the process.

3-4 Months Before:

This is the time when you should buy the ring! Get the ring sized and fitted. Before finalizing the purchase, be sure to view it in person one last time. Once you’ve secured the ring, take it home and start the next step.

1-2 Months Before:

Now that you’ve secured the ring, it’s time to start planning the proposal. Depending on how elaborate you plan to make it, you might need to think about venues, special instructions, and photographers.


The day for the proposal has finally arrived. Once she says yes, it’s time to start to the wedding checklist.

Wedding Timeline

12 Months Before:

Once you’re engaged and have set the date, the first and most important thing to do is book a venue. After choosing a venue and securing your location, it’s time to create the guest list and gift registry.

10 Months Before:

Ten months before your big day, it’s time to select your bridal party and choose the vendors for the day. It’s important to choose the vendors as soon as possible so you can define your tastes, find reputable companies, and confirm that they are available for your wedding. Once you’ve done all that, it’s time to ask your bridesmaids to stand by your side! The best way to do that is with a thoughtful gift or stunning necklace, like the Daisy Pendant.

8 Months Before:

Now is the time for two of the most enjoyable parts: ordering the dress and cake! Have fun with the fitting and tasting and be sure to enjoy every second.

6 Months Before:

You’re officially halfway there! Six months before the wedding is the perfect time to send save the dates, hire your photographer, and book the honeymoon.

3 Months Before:

It’s officially crunch time. Now is the time to send the invitations, plan the rehearsal dinner, buy the wedding bands, and purchase accessories for the big day.

One Month Before:

It’s time for all of the finishing touches. Be sure to apply for your wedding license, enjoy your bachelorette party, and buy gifts for your bridal party.

Final Weeks:

The final weeks are all about the details. Be sure to confirm everything with the vendors and finalize your seating chart.

Congratulations! All of your hard work has paid off and your big day has finally arrived. Be sure to take it all, enjoy every moment, and take a deep breath. You did it!