You’re engaged and soon to be married. Planning an LDS wedding comes with its own unique challenges. With weddings, there’s so many things that need to be done before the big day. To help, we’ve put together this LDS wedding planning guide. And of course, we have accompanied the guide with some gorgeous photos of one of our Real LatterDayBrides, Haley, wearing the Jerica gown from Gateway Bridal, altered by a seamstress to add the long sleeves to make it modest!
LDS Wedding Planning Guide
At the Nine Month Mark
At nine months out, choose your color scheme and start looking for a photographer. This is the time to schedule a photo session for your engagement pictures. You’ll also want to begin shopping for a dress and a veil. Make sure that your dress is appropriate for the temple. If it isn’t, find a tailor who can alter it to make it temple ready. LatterDayBride has hundreds of modest wedding dresses to choose from!
When your wedding is about nine months away, you’ll want to start working on your guest lists for the reception and the temple ceremony. The bride, groom and both sides of the family should have a say in who is invited to come.
Six Months Before the Wedding
At the sixth month mark, choose a wedding date. This is also when you should consider hiring a wedding planner if you want one. Establish a budget and decide how the expenses will be handled. You’ll also need to decide which temple you want to get married in so that you can reserve the day.
If you don’t have a temple recommend, talk to your bishop about getting one about 6 months before your wedding day. When it comes to LDS weddings, you’ll need to schedule the endowment and make plans to purchase the proper temple attire. Six months before the wedding, choose a reception locale and select a florist.
Four Months Before the Wedding
Four months before the wedding day is an especially fun time since this is when you get to sample wedding cake and order your party favors. You should also begin planning your reception decorations and start ordering or making them. Check the state’s marriage license laws and requirements. Also, begin shopping for your wedding rings and plan a few activities that your out-of-town guests will enjoy before and after the event.
The LDS Wedding of Your Dreams
While preparations can seem monotonous, when you do them meticulously using this LDS wedding guide, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the big day once it arrives. Organization doesn’t always help you avoid every disaster, but it can prevent most of them. The proper planning can make the LDS wedding of your dreams come true.
Bridal Photographer: Shaw Photography @shawphotographyut
Wedding Day Photography: Kate Anne Photography @kateannephotography
Florist: Salt and Sagebrush @saltandsagebrush