I've been researching timelines to see when tasks should be completed, but I have a bit of a tricky situation. I'm in grad school, and my work requires me to leave the country from end of May-end of August 2016. For a November 2016 wedding, how does this adjust my timelines? I've got a ceremony/reception venue booked, and they do the catering and cake. I bought my dress, and we are taking engagement photos at the end of the this month. I bought the dress at Davids Bridal and they have given me a timeline for fittings, etc. working around my schedule.
1. Save the dates should be sent out 6-8 months before, so I was planning on doing those in Aprilish. When should I send out invitations/should I send them out before or after I get back, or have them assembled and have someone else drop them in the mail for me while I am gone?
2. When should we book a photographer? (we are doing a separate engagement session, and may/may not us them)
3. DJ, florists, etc.?