As a newly engaged bride-to-be it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming trying to figure out everything that needs to be thought of, and put into motion for your big day. Well fear not! We have put together a step by step guide to your wedding planning as a timeline, counting down from 18 months. Hopefully this will help you get everything into order – allowing you to enjoy the run up to your wedding day as much as the day itself!
♥ Decide whether you will be using a wedding planner or a bride coach
♥ Start browsing venues & do a guestlist
♥ Book Your Wedding Insurance
♥ Week days & off season can cost up to 40% less!
♥ On average 20% off guests won’t be able to attend
♥ Set your budget
♥ Visit Venues: Check availability and ensure family and friends are available for potential dates.
♥ Establish who will be contributing, allow a 10% contingency fund and don’t book anything until you have finalised your budget.
♥ Do any guests require disabled access?
♥ Choose Your Venue
♥ Request a detailed quote & draft contract for venue
♥ Make legal arrangements for the ceremony
♥ Decide if it is going to be a religious or a civil ceremony.
♥ Approach your local religious institution or local council and give the required notice – Make sure you have all relevant documents (ID etc)
♥ Book your perfect venue
♥ Plan who will form your wedding party – bridesmaids / ushers / flower girls / page boys etc.
♥ Average size of wedding party is 4 on either side
♥ Send your ‘save the dates’
♥ Book your photographer
♥ Create an inspiration board of your must have wedding shots to show your photographer
♥ Consider a videographer
♥ Start thinking about your dress – Research local bridal boutiques and create a shortlist of those you’d like to visit
♥ We would advise you limit your shortlist to 3 bridal shops
♥ Book your caterer (if not included in venue hire)
♥ Find your florist
♥ Book your consultations at your chosen bridal boutiques
♥ Plan your hair, make-up and beauty
♥ Decide on your music and entertainment
♥ Order your Wedding cake
♥ Select your stationary: invites / place cards / table plan etc
♥ Book your honeymoon
♥ Book your transport
♥ Research options for your bridesmaids’ dresses
♥ Shop for groom and ushers clothing
♥ Men should also take shoes on their shopping trip
♥ Send out your invitations
♥ Purchase your wedding rings
♥ Choose your wedding favours
♥ Start planning your hen and stag do’s
♥ Gather an inspiration board of ideas for hair and makeup
♥ Check delivery time on bridesmaid dresses before ordering
♥ Start working out your seating plan
♥ Have your hair and make-up trials
♥ Pick your first dance song
♥ Collect your wedding rings
♥ Attend final dress fitting
♥ Finalise and print stationary – order of service / menu’s / name cards etc.
♥ Write the wedding vows, speeches and toasts
1 WEEK TO GO!
♥ Confirm details with all suppliers
♥ Pay all balances
♥ Confirm guest numbers with the venue
♥ Send photographer your photo list
♥ Pack for your honeymoon
♥ Pamper yourself!
THE WEDDING DAY!
♥ Remember to eat breakfast!
♥ Take a selfie with your bridesmaids
♥ Enjoy every moment
♥ Remember to take a few moments of reflection throughout the day with your new husband, it goes incredibly fast!