From the blog

A 14 months’ timeline schedule for the bride

Now you are a bride. You have just been proposed! Our congrats! To plan the perfect celebration in Crete, use this comprehensive wedding checklist based on the 14 months’ timeline schedule, created by the professionals.

14-8 months before

  • Start a wedding folder.
    Begin leafing through bridal, lifestyle, fashion, gardening, design, and food magazines for inspiration.
  • Work out your budget.
    Determine how much you have to spend, based on your families’ contributions and your own.
  • Pick your wedding party.
    As soon as you’re engaged, people will start wondering who’s in.
  • Start the guest list.
    Make a head count database to use throughout your planning process, with columns for contact info, RSVPs, gifts, and any other relevant information.
  • Hire a planner. Crete Within Wedding is here for you.
    A planner will have relationships with—and insights about—vendors.
  • Reserve your date and venues.
    Decide whether to have separate locations for the ceremony and the reception, factoring in travel time between the two places.
  • Book your officiant.
    Research photographers, bands, florists, and caterers.
  • Hire the photographer and the videographer.
    No need to talk specifics yet, but be sure that the people you hire are open to doing the shots that you want.

6 months before

  • Book the entertainment.
    Attend gigs of potential acts to see how they perform in front of audiences, then reserve your favorite.
  • Confirm menu with caterers/taverna
    Some of your guests are vegetarians , the others prefer fish. Try to combine all the details together. It makes sense to do the list now.
  • Purchase a dress.
    You’ll need to schedule time for at least three fittings. Veil shopping can be postponed for another two to three months.
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for guests.
    The best solution is to pick three hotels at different price points close to the reception venue.
  • Launch a wedding website.
    Create your personal page through a free provider such as Note the date of the wedding, travel information, and accommodations. Then send the link to invitees.

5 months before

  • Select and purchase invitations.
    We advise you to hire a calligrapher. Addressing cards is time-consuming, so you need to budget accordingly.
  • Start planning a honeymoon.
    Make sure that your passports are up-to-date, and schedule doctors’ appointments for any shots you may need.
  • Shop for bridesmaids’ dresses.
    Allow at least 5 months for the dresses to be ordered and sized.
  • Check the documents.
    Map out the ceremony and confirm that you have all the official documents for the wedding (these vary by county and religion).
  • Send save-the-date cards.
  • Reserve structural and electrical necessities.
    Book portable toilets for outdoor events, extra chairs if you need them, lighting components, and so on.
  • Book a florist.
    Florists can serve multiple clients on one day, which is why you can wait a little longer to engage one. Plus, at this point, you’ll be firm on what your wedding palette will be.
  • Arrange transportation.
    Consider limos, minibuses, trolleys, and town cars.
  • Start composing a day-of timeline.
    Draw up a schedule of the event and slot in each component (the cake-cutting, the first dance).

4 months before

  • Check on the wedding invitations.
    Ask the stationer for samples of the finished invitations and revise them to suit your needs.
  • Select and order the cake.
    Some bakers require a long lead time.
  • Send your guest list to the host of your shower.
  • Purchase wedding shoes and start dress fittings.
    Bring the shoes along to your first fitting so the tailor can choose the appropriate length for your gown.
  • Schedule hair and makeup artists.
    Make a few appointments with local experts to try them out. Snap a photo at each so you can compare results.
  • Choose your music.
    What should be playing when the wedding party is announced? During dinner? To kick off the dancing? Keep a running list of what you want—and do not want—played.

3 months before

  • Finalize the menu and flowers.
    You’ll want to wait until now to see what will be available, since food and flowers are affected by season.
  • Make a list of the people giving toasts.
    Which loved ones would you like to have speak at the reception? Ask them now.
  • Finalize the readings.
    Determine what you would like to have read at the ceremony—and whom you wish to do the readings.
  • Purchase your undergarments.
    And schedule your second fitting.
  • Finalize the order of the ceremony and the reception.
    60Print menu cards, if you like, as well as programs.
    No need to go to a printer, if that’s not in your budget: You can easily create these on your computer.
  • Purchase the rings.
    This will give you time for resizing and engraving.

2 months before

  • Meet on Skype with the photographer.
    Discuss specific shots, and walk through the locations to note spots that appeal to you.
  • Review the playlist with the band or deejay.
    Though you probably won’t be able to dictate every single song played, you should come prepared with a wish list.
  • Send out the invitations.
    The rule of thumb: Mail invitations six to eight weeks before the ceremony, setting the RSVP cutoff at three weeks after the postmark date.
  • Enjoy a bachelorette party.
    Arranging a night out with your girlfriends generally falls to the maid of honor.

1 month before

  • Enter RSVPs into your guest-list database.
    Phone people who have not yet responded.
  • Get your marriage license.
  • Mail the rehearsal-dinner invitations.
  • Visit the dressmaker for (with luck!) your last dress fitting.
    For peace of mind, you may want to schedule a fitting the week of your wedding. You can always cancel the appointment if you try on the dress then and it fits perfectly.
  • Stock the bar.
    Now that you have a firm head count you can order accordingly.
  • Send out as many final payments as you can.
  • Confirm times for hair and makeup and all vendors.
  • Assign seating.
    Draw out table shapes on a layout of the room to help plan place settings. Write the names of female guests on pink sticky notes and the names of male guests on blue sticky notes so you can move people about without resketching the entire setting.
  • Purchase bridesmaids’ gifts.
    You’ll present them at the rehearsal dinner.
  • Write vows, if necessary.
  • Get your hair cut and colored, if desired.
  • Pick up your dress
  • Pack for your trip to Crete.

Week of the Wedding

Welcome to Crete!

  • Don’t stay too long on the sun. It s a pity if your skin will be sunburned before the wedding,
  • Check in one last time with the photographer.
    Supply him or her with a list of moments you want captured on film.
  • Set aside checks for the vendors.
    And put tips in envelopes to be handed out at the event.
  • Book a spa treatment in Crete.
    Make an appointment for a manicure and a pedicure the day before the wedding. (You might want to get a stress-relieving massage, too.)


Do you want to live the wedding you’ve been dreaming of?

Leave a Reply

Contact Information


Machis Kritis 152

Write us:

Tel.: (+30) 6980 871621
supports Viber & WhatsApp

  • Prosecco for ladies and beer for gents 🥂✨Meet our new vendor in Crete @thesparklingvan  Amazing service guaranteed 😉 PS we  love when 🍾 is unlimited 📷 by @natalia.petraki #weddingincrete #weddingservice #thesparklingvan #weddingwelcome #proseccowedding #prosecco #weddingincrete #weddinggreece #weddingplannercrete #weddingplannergreece #destinationweddinggreece #destintionweddingcrete #cretewithinweddings #yesido #shesaidyes #couplegoals #bridalshowerideas #weddingideas #cretewithinwedding_vendor #greekislandwedding #критвнутри #свадьбанакрите #организациясвадьбывгреции #просекко #свадебнаявечеринка #просеккобар
  • Surprise! You are married!!! 🤪 the next day after every couple witnesses that the wedding day passed so fast. Like a glimpse 💥⚡️✨ and they can hardly remember the details (6-18 months of preparations BTW). That’s why I always recommend to my clients to save money on something else but to hire a good photographer and videographer. (I have a long list of great local professionals all over the Greece) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Then nothing will miss that day and remain in your memory. #weddingphotographygreece #weddingingreece #weddingincrete #cretewedding #greecewedding #destinationweddinggreece #weddingplannergreece #marriage #bridetobe2020 #yesido #couplegoals #weddingvendors #islandwedding #greekislandswedding #santoriniwedding #engaged #diywedding #критвнутри #свадьбанакрите #свадебныесоветы #свадьбавгреции
  • Likely, pampas grass is still trendy for the next wedding season 2020 🌾🌾🌾 and 📷 by @natalia.petraki #crete #weddingincrete #weddingcrete #pampasgrasswedding #pampasgrass #weddingplannercrete #destinationweddingplanner #weddinglocationgreece #palmbay #bohowedding #bohoweddingdecor #bridetobe #shesaidyes #engaged #weddingingreece #крит #свадьбанакрите #свадьбавгреции
  • After intense holidays in Italy ⛷🥂😋, I am BACK to instagram and  work ! Season 2020 promises to be multicultural - we are getting ready to welcome couples from the USA, UK, Russia, Portugal and France 🤗 Brides and grooms, don’t hesitate to ask here everything you want to know about #destinationweddingcrete 👌👌👌 #cretewithinweddings 
#destinationweddingplannergreece #weddingincrete #weddingingreece #destinationweddinggreece #wedding2020 #weddingplannercrete #weddingplannergreece #bridetobe2020 #couplegoals #crete #yesido #shessidyes #weddingwire #islandwedding #greekislandswedding #engaged #luxurywedding #beachwedding #mac
  • Merry Christmas! Καλα Χριστούγεννα και Χρόνια πολλά! Bon Noel! С наступающим Новым годом! 🎄🎄🎄I congratulate you in the languages I know 😁 True, it’s the best time of a year! People are united by this special feeling of holidays 🥂 Wish you all the great 2020 🤗 I ll be back to you in the next year 😎 #cretewithinweddings #christmasgreetings #loveisallweneed #crete #greece #weddingincrete #weddingingreece #weddingplannergreece
  • Sea, sand, warm night, you both are deeply in love 💞 and your closest friends share these moments with you... ahh.... 🤗 We like to make your dreams come true 💫Here in #Crete @crete_within_weddings 🌸by 📷by @natalia.petraki #romanticdinner #dinnerwithcandlelight #dinneratthebeach #elopementwedding #vowrenewaldinner #weddingincrete #weddinggreece #destinationweddinggreece #destinationweddinggreekislands #weddingphotographygreece #weddingdecorgreece #weddingplannergreece #bridetobegreece #visitgreece #beachwedding #couplegoals #iamengaged
  • Flower and her flowers 🌸🌸🌸 Bride to be is a state of mind, am I right, girls?  #bridalflowers #bridetobe Special thanks for a florist and MUAH @fotini.adaktilou #cretewithinweddings_brides #cretewedding #weddingingreece #bridallook #bridalmakeupgreece #destinationweddinggreece #greekislandwedding #weddingplannergreece #cretanwedding #yesidogr #couplegoals #vowrenewalceremony #vowrenewaldress #критвнутри #свадьбанакрите  #свадьбакрит #свадьбазаграницей #невеста #организациясвадьбывгреции #свадебныйорганизаторгреция
  • 4 amazing years together! Cheers, Azy and Navid 🍾🥂💙 #vowrenewalceremony #familyanniversary 📷 by @nataliia_photography 🌸by #weddingingreece #weddingcrete
  • I like to repeat that a wedding is not the end, but the beginning of a great journey together. These gorgeous guys prove my statement 🙂 Azy and Navid travelled overseas to exchange their vows at the Cretan seashore 😍 When we met, they were not a bride and a groom. They were a real team, a gang, a couple 💪🏻 starring @saazadeh 📷 @nataliia_photography planning by @crete_within_weddings #familyanniversary #vowrenewal #destinationweddinggreece #destinationweddingcrete #cretewedding #greekislandwedding #crete #wedding2019 #bridetobe #couplegoals #loveisallweneed #weddingplannercrete #weddingplannergreece #elopementwedding #weddingphotographycrete #beachweddinggreece #beachweddingvenue #ukweddingplanner
  • I always pay attention to the event decoration. When we started to do weddings in Crete in 2011, the biggest issue to me was that there were no decorators in here 🤷🏻‍♀️ Yes, there were florists, but you know, it’s not the same. The florist works with flowers only, the decorator is someone who creates the wedding with different items, sometime from “nothing” and it looks good 🌸 I invited decorators team for a seasonal work. Now in 2019 the wedding industry is getting better here in Greece. The demand made a supply 🙂 Proud for that 🤩 #cretewithinwedding_archives #weddingplannercrete #weddingincrete #weddingdecorgreece #taverndecoration #weddingreceptionatthebeach #destinationweddinggreece #greekislandswedding #weddingdecorations #beachweddingdecoration #crete #bridetobe #shesaidyes #ricepaper #simple #weddingdinnertable #greeceweddings
  • Wedding is a beginning of a big adventure. I wish to our dearest couples married in Crete to have a safe “journey”⛵️Remember your are special, you we’re blessed by the beauty of Crete⛰ Come back time to time to recover, if needed 🤗 shot by @nataliia_photography #magiccrete #cretegreece #weddingincrete #weddingingreece #weddingplannergreece #blessing #weddings2019 #cretewithinweddings #bridetobe #greekislandwedding #greekwedding #americanwedding #weddingphotographercrete #destinationweddinggreece #destinationgreekislands
  • OMG! I was going through the @crete_within_weddings archives and found this photo I made in 2010. We were crossing Crete from North to South. Photographer asked to stop to make some pictures with the sea view. And then they came 😁 It was one of the first weddings I planned in Crete . I still can remember this young couple from Moscow. I brought them and their guests to the absolutely wild south cost, to the Lygres beach. Amazing place... if you ve been there, you understand. But the road to get there ... it’s everlasting serpentine 🤭 “Sveta, when it will be over?!”- the mother of the bride cried time to time)))) I know the Cretan roads is a crazy experience , specially for the big city people ☺️ The ceremony took place at the beach and the reception was at the only taverna. No wedding decor, no wedding cakes. But the owner provided us fresh fish and 🦑 he fished by his own. It  was cool. Specially when the sun went down and our guests could see the huge stars of the southern skies ☺️ you know there was not lights at the cost - just us and the universe. I strongly believe that the wedding planner’s job is mostly to provide unforgettable memories to the couples. You travel to get married abroad to get an experience, right? #weddingplannernotes #cretewithinwedding_archives #crete #cretewelove #2010 #cretewedding #destinationweddingreece #destinationweddingplannergreece #creteweddingplanner

Follow us