I hope you are all keeping well.
I know we are still ages away from 2019, 2 years to be exact. It just gives us a proper chance at saving, which as we all know can be hard. To help with the saving process I find it easier to write down exactly what we need when we need it by to help with this we were given a really handy wall planner from one of the girls sean works with.
12 Months Before The Wedding
- Visit and book your reception venue and ceremony location
- Research potential wedding services and suppliers – photographer, florist, invitations, cake, decor, music, hair and make up
- Decide what type of entertainment you want for ceremony, drinks reception and dancing
- Book Photographer
- Start your wedding dress research – if you were wedding made growing up and new exactly what you wanted this should be pretty easy for you
8/10 months before
- Book ceremony music, band and DJ for reception
- Research and reserve accommodations for guests
- Book Honeymoon
- Order wedding cake
- Book Groomsmen’s Suits
6/8 months before
- Book ceremony musicians
- Ensure passports are in date for honeymoon
- Start planning honeymoon
4-6 months before
- Choose bridesmaids’ dresses
- Choose and order wedding invitations & stationery
- Meet with florist to discuss options
- Organise the legalities — give at least 3 months notice to registrar or priest/religious celebrant
- Organise invitations
- Arrange travel vaccinations if necessary
- Start gathering addresses for guest list
2-3 months before
- Send invitations to guests
- Order wedding rings
- Rent the men’s formalwear
- Attend dress fittings
- Choose wedding rings
- Organise gifts for parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen and each other
- Book a hairdresser and organise a hair trial
- Book a makeup artist and organise a makeup trial
4 weeks before
- Have final wedding dress fitting
- Make any last-minute adjustments with suppliers
2 weeks before
- Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet responded
1 week before
- Give venue/caterer final guest headcount
- Supply wedding coordinator with a list of supplier requests such as a table for DJ or setup space needed by florist.
- Create your table plan
- Print place cards
- Call all wedding suppliers to confirm arrangements
- Give ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers.
- Do full wedding dress rehearsal from underwear to veil
- Pack an overnight bag for the reception
- Pack for the honeymoon
- Organise money to be paid to suppliers on the day
2-3 days before
- Make last minute changes to table plan if necessary
- Groom: Go for final fitting and pick up your formalwear.
- Groom: Ask the best man to make sure all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their outfits.
- Organise final payment for all vendors, officiants into envelopes and give them to the best man/maid of honour
- Drop off place cards, table cards, menus, favours, table plan to reception coordinator
- Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding.
- Sort out payment for any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception.
- Ensure the cake is on track to be delivered to reception venue
- Get a good night’s rest
The Wedding Day!
- Give the gifts for your parents to the best man/bridesmaid for after the speeches
- Get flowers delivered to the bride’s house or venue
- Give wedding bands to the best man to hold during the ceremony
After the Wedding
- Prearrange for someone to return any rentals.
- Write and send thank-you notes to gift-bearing guests and vendors who were especially helpful.
Im the kind of person, that, when I have a plan and a clear course of action and I know when everything needs to be done by I work a lot better! Here is a picture of what my planner looks like I comes with these great stickers as if planning a wedding wasn’t fun enough!
I’d love to hear from fellow brides, husbands, fiances and fiancees on how they go on & planned everything. Am I too calm? (LOL I am a basket of nerves on the inside!) Does it all work out better than you could of planned or am I kidding myself and I’m going to be hiding in the corner of the bridal suite because nothing worked out the way it was supposed too?