Planning your wedding

A wedding day can be the most wonderful day of a couple’s life. A day to remember and cherish… but first you must organise the main event, so here are some things to help you - the services of a free bespoke Wedding Planner and a list of things to do.

Things to do as soon as you become engaged

  • Share your good news with close family and friends

  • If both sets of parents are yet to meet, arrange a get together

  • Set a wedding budget

  • Decide what tasks need completing and who is responsible for what

  • Arrange a first meeting with your minister or priest to set a date for your wedding

  • If you are having a civil ceremony, then book the registry office or civil venue 

  • Send ‘Save the date’ notifications with venue details to abroad or out of town guests

  • Make appointments with bridal boutiques

  • Choose your witnesses, bridesmaids and groomsmen.

12 months before the big day

  • Announce your engagement to your wider circle of friends and family

  • Optional: have an engagement party

  • Think about the size of of wedding you'd like and draft a guest list 

  • Start looking at venues

  • Think about wedding styles and colours

  • Select your bridal party and groomsmen

  • Send out save the date cards or emails to guests.

10 months before the big day

  • Choose your venue

  • Book your registrar or cleric

  • Book your chosen venue(s) and pay deposits

  • Purchase wedding insurance

  • Consider hiring a wedding planner

  • Set up a personal website to keep your friends up to date about your wedding

  • Book photographer (and videographer)

8 months before the big day

  • Order your wedding dress and accessories

  • Book a wedding caterer, florist, transport, cakemaker and honeymoon

  • Contact rental companies if you need them to hire furniture or linen

6 months before the big day

  • Book accommodation for your wedding night and any rooms needed for out of town guests

  • Buy wedding favours

  • Set up a gift list

  • Order stationery, groom's clothing and rings

  • Give notice of marriage/or arrange for your banns to be read in church and pay any necessary fees

  • Renew or get passports, if you're going on a honeymoon.

4 months before the big day

  • Buy going away outfits if you're having any

  • Buy gifts for each other, your parents and anyone else in the wedding party you'd like to treat

  • Purchase or make your decorations

3 months before the big day

  • Arrange for your initial wedding dress fitting

  • Create a 'shot list' of the must-take photographs and discuss with your photographer

  • Plan the wedding menu with your caterer

  • Post your wedding invitations

  • Select hymns and decide on order of service or choose suitable wedding music or readings.

2 months before the big day

  • Write your wedding vows (if you are writing your own)

1 month before the big day

  • Arrange for someone to take care or your plants, pets or children while on honeymoon

  • Have your final gown fitting and arrange to pick up your wedding dress

  • Check with your suppliers that they know what they're delivering, where they're delivering it to and when it should arrive

  • Write and print an order of service

  • Write thank you cards as your receive wedding gifts

  • Buy a guest book and decide where it will go 

  • Finalise seating plan and write place cards

  • Confirm head count with caterer

  • Wear your wedding shoes on carpets round the house

  • Give your DJ or wedding musician your song list

2 days before

  • Check everyone in the wedding party knows what responsibilities they have (e.g. greeting and seating guests, checking suppliers)

  • Confirm wedding day transport

  • Indulge in a manicure and pedicure

  • Make sure all wedding day items are packed or laid out

On the day

  • Allow plenty of time to get ready

  • Enjoy yourself and relax

After the wedding/honeymoon

  • Send thank you cards

  • Have your wedding dress cleaned and preserved

  • Keep in touch with your photographer and/or videographer as they work on your photographs, album and/or DVD.

  • Arrange to change the surname on your driving licence, with your bank and so on, if necessary.    

Enjoy married life!

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