Take a moment to celebrate, because you’re engaged! We know we don’t have to remind you twice. That sparkler hanging out on your finger is likely reminder enough. But now that he or she has popped the question, it’s time for the planning process to get underway. Remember all of those Pinterest boards that you put together years preceding your engagement? It’s time to put those beautiful boards to use. While wedding planning is fun and extremely exciting, we would be lying if we said you weren’t going to have at least one moment of panic throughout the process. And hey, you’re human, so that’s totally OK (and expected). But in order to keep the freaking out to a minimum, we’re here to tell you exactly what you need to do and when.

11-12 months
Before you start planning, put together a budget – you’ll be happy you did in the end! Then get started on the rest of it all.

9-10 months
Here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for – find your dream dress! Don’t worry, be as picky as you would like. But when you’re not slipping into dresses, you’ll want to choose a theme and a color scheme. Not completely┬ásure where to start? Do your research – look on Pinterest, search through magazines and talk to other brides.

7-8 months
Now’s the time to book that caterer/musician/photographer you’ve had your eye on. But don’t forget to pick out your marriage rings and get some show-stopping dresses for your bridal party.

5-6 months
Send out your save the dates! If you forget about that detail, or you may not have too many guests showing up on your big day.

3-4 months
Order your sweet treat to give the baker plenty of time to make it look impeccable. And don’t think for a second your girls have forgotten about your wedding party (we hope).

2 months
Most importantly, send out your wedding invitations. Then book that limo so you won’t be showing up to your wedding in your mom’s van.

1 month
Freak out, that’s all. Just kidding, you’re allowed a moment of panic – but that’s it. Okay, now back to planning.