Your wedding day is drawing near, and you’re now in the exciting 3-5 month window before the big event.

This is a crucial time for tying up loose ends and ensuring everything runs smoothly on your special day. Here’s a detailed guide on what to focus on during this phase of wedding planning:

1. Plan the Rehearsal Dinner

Choose a location for your rehearsal dinner. It can be a restaurant, a family member’s home, or even a unique venue that reflects your style. Consider what type of atmosphere you want to create. Bonus if you can find a wedding venue that offers a 2-day rental.  There are so many advantages to this option.

7F Lodge offers this package and it is our most booked package! Our goal for our couples is to have less stress when planning. Being able to have your rehearsal and wedding in the same location allows for you to setup the day prior or even just unload.

Decide who to invite to the rehearsal dinner. Traditionally, it includes the wedding party, immediate family, and out-of-town guests. Make sure to send out invitations well in advance. This can be really helpful for the out of town guests when lodging comes into play.

Rehearsal Dinner

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2. Wedding Favors

When selecting wedding favors, it’s essential to consider personalization, aligning them with your wedding theme, and practicality. Think about what items would resonate with your guests and reflect your personality as a couple. Whether you opt for edible treats, keepsakes, or locally-inspired gifts, the key is to choose favors that evoke the spirit of your wedding and will be cherished by your loved ones as a lasting memento of your celebration.

wedding favors

Ashley Dehart Photography

3. Finalize Men’s Formalwear

Finalizing the men’s wear for the wedding is a pivotal step in ensuring that your groom and groomsmen look dapper and feel confident on the big day. By this stage, you’ve likely chosen the suits or tuxedos that align with your wedding style and theme. Now, it’s time to confirm that all elements are in order. This includes verifying that the attire fits perfectly, from the jackets and trousers to the shirts, ties, and accessories. Double-checking the shoes and any additional accents like cufflinks or pocket squares is also crucial. By ensuring that every detail is just right, you’re not only guaranteeing a sharp and coordinated look but also contributing to the overall elegance and success of your wedding. If you are looking for a great place to start; check out Men’s Warehouse. 

4. Invitation Suite and Additional Stationery

Deciding on your wedding invitation suite and additional stationery is an exciting step that adds a touch of personalization to your big day. Your invitation suite sets the tone for the entire event, so it’s essential to choose a design that resonates with your wedding theme and style. In addition to the main invitation, consider including RSVP cards, maps or directions, and any pertinent inserts, such as accommodation details or a weekend itinerary.

Furthermore, don’t forget about day-of stationery, which can include programs, menu cards, place cards, and table numbers. These elements not only provide valuable information but also serve as decorative accents that tie the entire aesthetic together. Careful consideration of design, color, and font choices will help create a cohesive and visually stunning presentation for your guests, making a lasting impression and ensuring that your wedding is a truly memorable experience.

wedding invitation

Ashley Dehart Photography and Minted Weddings

5. Bridal Portraits and Hair and Makeup Trials

Bridal portraits and hair and makeup trials are two essential components of wedding preparation. These will ensure you look and feel your absolute best on your special day. Bridal portraits provide an opportunity to capture your radiant beauty and the essence of your bridal style in a solo photoshoot. It’s a chance to try out your wedding attire, practice your poses, and work with your photographer to achieve the perfect shots.

Simultaneously, hair and makeup trials offer you the chance to experiment with different looks, ensuring that your chosen hairstyle and makeup align seamlessly with your wedding theme and personal preferences. These trials are not only practical but also enjoyable experiences that help you fine-tune your bridal look, providing confidence and peace of mind that you will look breathtakingly stunning when you walk down the aisle.

6. Design and Purchase/Order Wedding Rings

Designing and purchasing or ordering your wedding rings is a significant step in the wedding planning process. These rings symbolize the eternal bond you’re about to share, making them a highly sentimental and meaningful aspect of your big day. Whether you opt for classic and timeless designs or unique and personalized creations, the choice of wedding rings is deeply personal.

Take the time to explore various styles, metals, and gemstones that resonate with your love story and individual tastes. If you decide to design custom rings, this process typically takes a few months, so it’s wise to start early. Remember that these rings will be cherished for a lifetime, serving as enduring symbols of your commitment and love for one another, so select them with care and consideration.

wedding rings

Kristina Ross Photography

As you navigate these tasks 3-5 months before your wedding day, remember that communication and organization are key.

Keep track of deadlines, maintain open communication with your vendors and wedding party, and take time to savor the moments of anticipation with your partner. Your wedding day is approaching fast, and with careful planning, it’s sure to be a beautiful and memorable celebration of your love.

Have You Already Selected Your Wedding Venue?

We have to agree that wedding planning is such a fun experience that you’ll never forget! From touring venues to meeting with vendors and everything in-between, we are sure that you’ll have an absolute blast. 7F Lodge & Events is a rustic wedding venue located in College Station, TX. Our little white chapel tucked away in the trees on the outskirts of Aggieland, has been honored to have had the opportunity to host thousands of wedding celebrations over the last 25 years. We hope this wedding planning checklist will help you during the early stages.

Lastly, if you are engaged and still on the hunt for a dream wedding venue, we would absolutely love to show you around 7F Lodge. You will have the opportunity to see the event venue itself, our 8 uniquely themed cabins on property and the getting ready suites! To schedule a time that works best for you, request your tour HERE. If you have any questions about specific wedding packages or general availability/pricing, don’t hesitate to fill out the form linked HERE.  Someone from our team will be in touch! We hope you have an amazing and stress free wedding planning experience!

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