Best Wedding Prelude Song Ideas Los Angeles

The Perfect Wedding Planning Guide and Timeline


best wedding prelude song ideas los angeles

Wedding planning in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Barbra, San Diego, or even in Orange County, its all different for everyone and everyone operates on their own timeline. Some people are more comfortable having two years or longer to plan while others only take a few months to plan! This list is a general outline of a suggested time-frame to get the larger tasks done. Of course, you may not want all of these vendors or perhaps you want additional vendors. If you are unsure of how to work those vendors into this overview feel free to reach out! I’m always happy to guide people through the planning process!

As your wedding entertainment and music planners here in Beverly Hills, area of Los Angeles, California, we will simply start out with Planning for clients by creating a customized planning outline for them. It is important for us to make sure that the outline is both manageable, yet realistic. We typically start out with a broad, and then fill in the finer details to make sure everything is done, right the first time, and done in a timely manor, so everyone is happy and stress free!



  • Have engagement party (typically hosted by family or close friends)

  • Decide on a budget and determine what aspects of the wedding you value the most

  • Decide whether or not you want a wedding planner. If you decide against one initially, but ultimately decide to go with one later on, plenty of planners offer partial planning options! If you are planning a destination wedding outside of your home country, a planner is critical!

  • Decide on the time of year you’d like the wedding to take place

  • Narrow the date down to a few options

  • Create a rough outline of the guest list to help guide your venue search

  • Book a venue (both ceremony & reception spaces if you choose to have the ceremony at a separate location)

  • Decide whether or not you want to purchase event insurance for both the day of (some venues will require this anyway) and also in the event you need to cancel or reschedule for any reason (illness, weather, etc.)

  • Refine the guest list


  • Book photographer (it is best to do this before creating save the dates if you want to use pictures from the engagement pictures for your save the dates)

  • Create wedding website for guests to find relevant information, registry, and RSVP.

  • If the majority of your guests are traveling from out of town, create save the dates

  • Book caterer (if not included with the venue)

  • Begin looking for dress, dress ideally will be purchased 8 months prior to the wedding, but as long as it is purchased with enough time to have it altered (2-3 months prior) you will be okay.

  • Ask friends/family to be in your bridal party


  • Book a florist and discuss what arrangements will work best with your budget and desired aesthetic

  • Book videographer

  • Book one of de Bois’s wedding bands for the reception and ceremony. Remember, many ceremony locations will need an outside sound systems brought in. Make sure that if this is the case with your venue your Band or DJ/band combo, such as Monte Carlo, or solo musician can make this accommodation.

  • Reserve rentals if necessary for your venue. Consider the needs of your vendors, especially the bar and caterer.

  • If most of your guests are local send your save the dates

  • Find a seamstress to alter your dress (you won’t be able to alter this far out, but it is important to reserve your space, as many people will book up)


  • Begin planning your honeymoon

  • Look into attire for groom and groomsmen

  • Pick out bridesmaid attire (or ask bridesmaids to pick out their attire)

  • Hire an officiant

  • Order the wedding cake and/or other desserts

  • Begin planning gifts for bridal party

  • Make reservations at a hotel for bridal party, bride/groom, and family for the wedding night

  • Select wedding rings

  • Book day-of-coordinator if you have chosen not to have a full planner or if your planner does not include day of services


  • Pick out shoes to wear with your wedding dress

  • Take dress to seamstress

  • Begin planning bachelor/bachelorette parties

  • Begin purchasing decor/personal touches OR decide on decor rental company

  • Schedule rehearsal time with venue and reserve a location for rehearsal dinner

  • Create a room block for out of town guests

  • Reserve transportation from hotel to venue and from venue to hotel for bridal party and other guests


  • If most guests are out of town, send invitations

  • If most guests are local send invitations 2 months before the wedding

  • Find hair and makeup artist(s) and have a trial run

  • Reserve a bartending service for your wedding


  • Apply for marriage license

  • Bridal shower (typically family or bridal party will plan this)

  • Bachelor/Bachelorette parties (if most of your bridal party will be traveling for the wedding, consider having these earlier so that you aren’t asking your friends to travel too much too close together)

  • Make sure all bridal party have purchased or reserved their attire for the wedding

  • If any bridal party needs alterations, these should be dropped off

  • Plan party favors for guests and order the items you need


  • Send all song requests to DJ

  • Check in with vendors to confirm services, obtain insurance policies (if required by venue), and track any outstanding balances remaining

  • Create a timeline

  • Send timeline to vendors

  • RSVPs due- check in with guests who have not responded to invitations yet

  • Have final dress fitting (this way there is still time if any other alterations need to be made)

  • Finalize and confirm all details of honeymoon

  • Decide what order you will have bridal party walk for the ceremony and grand entrance


  • Create seating chart

  • Have final venue walk through

  • Finalize floor plan with venue

  • Map out all decor and organize it into clearly marked boxes to ensure everything is set up properly on the day of your wedding

  • Begin writing thank you notes for any gifts that have already been purchased from your registry

  • Pick out outfit for rehearsal dinner


  • Check in with caterer to confirm headcount and finalize the details of the menu

  • Pick up dress from alterations if it had to be left behind for further alterations

  • Make sure all bridal party has picked up dresses/suits from alterations


  • Get hair done (color and cut)

  • Have final meeting with DJ to go over details

  • Create day-of checklist to make sure that no personal items or decor is left behind

  • Get nails done

  • If spray tanning, get spray tan

  • Finalize seating chart and transfer it to display form

  • Prepare all bridal party gifts


  • Pack for wedding day/night

  • Pack for honeymoon

  • Have ceremony rehearsal

  • Have rehearsal dinner

  • Give bridal party gifts out at rehearsal dinner

  • Go home. Sleep well


  • Read through the timeline in the morning

  • Get MARRIED!


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