As a bride you will probably receive several different timelines; one from your wedding planning book, one from a wedding planner and even more from guides and magazines. It is easy to get wedding timeline overload. The important thing to remember is that these timelines are not meant to be strickly followed. The idea is to give you a guide in planning your wedding. It is to get you thinking about certain items on your to do list at a certain time.
For example, you are probably not going to get your favorite venue one month before your wedding, so many timelines put this in the 12 month section. It is to get you to think about where you want your wedding and to help make sure you can get it. Your wedding dress will probably take 4-6 and a month for alteraltion, so a timeline might put “buy wedding dress” in the 9 month section. This gives you enough time to be a picky as you want and still have time to get it in and altered. Some items can be time sensitive so timelines have been created to help you think about items early so you do not miss out on what you want.
On the other hand, if the timeline you are using tells you not to get a baker until 5 months but you find someone you really like at 9 months, book them. You do not need to wait until 5 months and you do have a chance that they are booked for your wedding date. Besides, if you get this done early, you can check something off ahead of schedule.
Again, the timeline is a guide not the law and is there to make sure that you are on the right path. It is important to read your timeline for your current month to make sure nothing big has been missed. It is also important to read ahead. Maybe something coming up in two months can be taken care of now. You will find as you get closer to your wedding day more things will seem to be not done, so if you can get something done early it will probably help you in the long run.