When it comes to planning a wedding there are so many things to consider. We’ve created this handy guide so you can be sure you’ve got everything covered.
If needed research
When you have a date secure
Book a photographer/videographer
Book a florist
Start trying on wedding dresses
Finish your guest list
When your guest list is complete
Decide on wedding stationary
Send out save the date cards
Choose & invite your bridal party & groomsmen
Start looking at Bridesmaid dresses
Order your wedding cake
Book rooms at your venue for the bridal party
Choose your wedding dress & order
Choose Bridesmaid dresses
Choose Grooms suit
Choose Groomsmen suits
Make an appointment for any alterations
Book a hair/makeup artist
Send out invitations
Pay all outstanding invoices
Chase any outstanding RSVPs
Create table plan & name cards
Order wedding favours
Meet with vicar/registrar to discuss your ceremony
Meet with your wedding coordinator to discuss your reception
Collect your outfits
The day before
Visit your venue
Confirm the schedule with everyone
Have a relaxed evening & an early night!
A few tips
The biggest tip we can give any couple is this: when you’ve decided you’d like a supplier to be part of your day, book them. Most suppliers can only cater for one wedding at a time. Don’t risk another couple booking your date.
Doing it yourself is a good way to save money, but it is a lot of work. When it comes to cakes, wedding stationary and favours doing it yourself can seem appealing. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to get started months in advance and be prepared for things to go wrong. Costs can stack up, so make sure you budget for everything before deciding to do it yourself (it can be cheaper to get a professional to do it!).
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Every couple wants their day to be perfect, and rightly so. A lot of effort has gone into it. However, if things start to go wrong, don’t worry. If you climb into bed the evening of your wedding having married the person you love surrounded by your closest family and friends, you’ve had a perfect day.