Planning your wedding can be very time consuming and sometimes fairly stressful. With so much to organise, it can be easy to forget certain aspects of planning and that’s why we have created this little guide to keep you on track and stay organised.
After the Engagement
As soon as you are engaged, you’ll want to shout from the rooftops about your upcoming wedding, but the first place to start is to create a wedding folder to keep all of your information in one place. Keeping things organised is one of the main ways you will stay on top of your wedding plans.
12 Months to Go
Although many modern brides start planning their wedding a lot earlier, 12 months is around the time to discuss the wedding budget (either together or with your parents if they are contributing) if you have not already sorted your budget. Download our FREE Wedding Planning eBook here which has lots of tips and advice on all aspects of planning your big day as well as helpful advice on budgeting too.
Finding a location and booking your wedding date is also very important as many popular venues are booked up years in advance. Once you have chosen and booked your venue and the date is set, you want to get your wedding photographer booked up ASAP, as like venues they will be booked 2 and sometimes 3 years in advance!
Finalising your guest list is also important to ensure that you don’t miss anyone out! During this time, visiting wedding fayres can be really useful to get ideas for local suppliers.
9 to 12 Months to Go
Once your wedding venue and date are booked, it’s time to start looking for your wedding dress. Some dress designers can take up to 8 months to create your wedding dress when made to order, and you may need a bit of time to allow for alterations too. If you’ve left it too late, don’t worry as many bridal designers will offer rush delivery for an additional cost, or alternatively you could buy a sample gown (also saving money!)
After you have ordered your dress, you can begin to look at other wedding suppliers, such as florists, caterers, transportation and cake makers.
6 to 8 Months to Go
Once all of your main wedding suppliers have been chosen and booked, you can plan your wedding invitations and get them ready. Some people like to send “Save the Date” cards as a primary way for guests to keep that date free, so you can get these designed and send them beforehand.
Choosing your bridesmaids dresses and groomsmens’ suits should also be completed during this time along with any jewellery or hair accessories for yourself and your bridesmaids. If you are hiring a hairdresser or make-up artist, now is a good time to get trials and choose your suppliers.
3 to 6 Months to Go
If you haven’t already made a decision on which cake maker to choose, now is a good time to get this ticked off the to-do list. If you are having traditional fruitcake, this can be made months in advance to let the fruit soak in alcohol. Another thing to consider is how busy wedding cake companies can get.
2 Months to Go
Finalise all of your arrangements with your suppliers including your venue, and make sure any menu choices are made. If your guests will be able to choose from a selection of dishes, make sure your wedding invitations and menu choices are sent out earlier than normal to allow time for people to R.S.V.P. Booking your honeymoon should also be sorted by this time.
1 Week to Go
With only one week to go, there will be quite a bit to organise. You’ll need to pick up your wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses from your bridal shop. Many suppliers such as cake makers and florists will set up on the day at your venue, so this is a weight lifted from you. If you are getting your hair colour topped up, do this a week before so that it gives your hair a bit of time to grow through and look natural.
Confirm all of the arrangements with your suppliers and sort out times that they will arrive at your venue to work their magic.
The Day Before
Try and relax and enjoy the day. Everything will run smoothly, but if you want to double-check anything, get your bridesmaids to help out too. Get an early night with plenty of sleep (after a glass of champagne of course!) The best is yet to come!