They have asked you that all important magical question…’will you marry me’ and obviously your answer is yes! But now, it’s time to plan your big day. If you are a first-timer to marriage, wedding planning can be an extremely daunting process. You’ll have a million and one questions running through your head, wondering about what to start with first, what type of wedding do I want…the list of questions is endless.
So here is our little helpful timeline guide, so that you don’t have to lay awake a night wondering what the next thing to do is, all you need to do is enjoy this amazing journey of planning your wedding as we’ve got it all covered right here.
First things first….
Choose a wedding date, there is not point in doing anything else until you have a date, as the first question that all suppliers will ask you is ‘When do you get married’. So, sit down, get the calendar out, discuss with your partner the type of wedding that you both might want, do you want a summer wedding with blue sky and people being able to enjoy Pimm’s outside on the lawn, or do you want a more romantic winter feel to your day. Take some time to think about this, its important, after all you only plan on getting married the once, so you want to make sure its perfect in every way.
Once the date is set you can move on….
- Have an ENGAGEMENT PARTY
- Decide on a wedding date – if you took our advice above you can tick this one off the list
- Decide how much you want to spend on your big day – remember as you go along your budget will always change so we recommend using this as a guide
- If you want to get married in a church speak with your priest
- Check out venues – if you’ve found the one, get it booked people are booking their weddings years in advance nowadays, so you don’t want to miss out.
- Decide who you want to stand by your side…bridesmaids and groomsmen
- Start writing your guest list – family will most definitely try to have an input here and can be one of the most stressful parts of a wedding, especially if there is controversy within the family, so try to focus on the importance of your wedding
- Start looking at wedding dresses
- Research suppliers – videographer (contact us), photographer, band etc
- Find a florist and book a consultation
- Finalise your guest list
- Send out save the date cards – with peoples lives nowadays being busier than ever, its important to make sure people have plenty of notice
- Decide on a dress and order it – ask the bridal shop for a recommended seamstress and check her turn around time in case your dress needs altering
- Make enquiries with cake makers and arrange consultations – remember a lot of cake makers take a fee for the consultation, this does usually come off the final bill, but you don’t want to have tones of consultations as you’ll soon blow your budget, so do your research
- Go for food and wine tasting at your venue – this is always the fun bit!
- Start shopping for the grooms suit and bridesmaid dresses
- Book a hair and makeup artist – usually they will recommend a trial 6-8 weeks before your big day, so again do your research to make sure you are happy with who you choose…. going along to wedding fairs to see their work first hand is a great way of deciding
- Order your wedding rings and any other jewellery and accessories for you and the bridal party
- Finalise your wedding invitations, arrange for them to be printed and send!
- Start planning your honeymoon – if you are already living together you may not want gifts so asking for donations towards your honeymoon is quite common these days.
- Arrange transport
- Arrange guest accommodation
- Go shoe shopping
- If your venue doesn’t provide everything, like chair covers, light up letters etc, then research a rental company and get them booked
- Arrange wedding insurance – your wedding will be perfect and go without a hitch but its always best to be save than sorry
- Confirm your cake order
- Buy wedding favours – sometimes cake makers can also supplier cute little personalised cookies or macaroons which can be used as favours, if that’s the route you decide to go
- Finalise your menu
- Organise your gifts for the bridal party
- Arrange fittings for your bridesmaids
6 weeks before the big day
- Start putting your seating plan together…make sure you have cleared your day/evening and have a large glass of wine, trust me this is gonna take some time!
- Start putting all your favourite tunes together in a play list for your DJ and MOST importantly decide on your first dance
- Get the groom and father of the bride and anyone else to start writing their speeches
- Create a time line of the day to make sure nothing gets missed and you are not running around stressing that something has been forgotten
- Finalise how you would like your reception room to look
- Choose your readings and your readers – let them have plenty of time to practice, especially if they are not used to standing up and talking in front of people
- If your photographer offers one or you request one have a pre-wedding/engagement shoot
4 weeks – almost there
- Decide on your vows, do you want to be traditional or do you want to write your own…if so, start writing them
- If you have friends and family travelling in from afar, book a restaurant for a meal the night before the wedding
- Arrange a final dress fitting
- Contact anyone that hasn’t yet RSVP’d, so you can confirm final numbers with the venue/caterer
- Check in with the florist, make sure you have finalised everything and that they know what time they can have access to the venue
- Book a pamper day to relax, have a massage and get your nails done
1 week – The church bells are ringing
- Finalise your speeches and vows
- Get your ‘something old, something new, something borrows and something blue’ together…Mums and Nans will love digging out something old and borrowed for you to use and they’ll reminisce the old days
- Contact all your suppliers for final arrangements and to confirm their arrival time at the venue
- Collect your dress and all other outfits
- Allocate on the day tasks to the bridal party and ushers
- Pack for your honeymoon
WEDDING DAY – Have the time of your life, take in and enjoy every single moment and look forward to starting your new journey as a married couple!
N.B this timeline is a guide only!