So you’ve made the decision to take your relationship to the dizzy heights of Husband and Wife (or Wife and Wife/Husband and Husband lol)
How much time should you leave to get it all done effectively?
Some people can do it in 3 months and some take 3 years – however, there is a ‘normal’ and so here it is
18 to 12 months to go • Set the date • Agree a budget • Draw up your guest list • View venues for your ceremony and celebrations • Book your venue • Research styles of photography /videography • Meet a range of photographers before booking • Book your photographer • Consider wedding insurance
11 months to go • Choose your bridal party • Decide on your theme/style for the wedding • Send ‘save the date’ cards (speak to your Photographer about a mini shoot)
10 months to go • Research styles of wedding dresses – try on lots! • Depending on your designer, get your dress order in • Start thinking about your ceremony and vows – particularly if you are writing your own • Have fun booking your honeymoon • Flowers – choose your florist and discuss designs for your bouquet, tables, church or ceremony venue and buttonholes
9 months to go • Book your entertainment • Design and order your wedding stationery – remember to think about place names and thank you cards as well as the invitations
8 months to go • Choose a scent for the wedding – candles and diffusers • Consider transport for the day – for the entire wedding party or just the happy couple?
7 months to go • Hair & make-up style – try out a few • Groom and party – start planning outfits • Get together with your bridesmaids to choose their outfits
6 months to go • Arrange your gift list • Choose and book your wedding cake
3 months to go • Send out invitations • Organise a wine and menu tasting • Choose wedding bands • Book room for first night • ‘Give notice’ to your registrar (at least 29 days before your ceremony)
1 month to go • Make sure your outfit is complete and fits comfortably • Have a final hair & make up trial • Write speeches • Have your pre wedding photo shoot and consultation with your Photographer • Write speeches • Pay final invoices
1 week before • Wear-in your wedding shoes • Book manicure & pedicure •