Wedding Magazine recently shared this helpful tick list of what to do, when and we thought it may be useful for our lovely brides to be too....
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- Tell friends and relatives you’re engaged.
- Decide on your wedding date.
- Choose what type of ceremony you want, and the number of people you want to invite.
- Visit potential venues and check availability- book!
- Set your budget and decide who’s paying for what.
- Organise your wedding insurance.
- Open a dedicated wedding savings account.
- Choose your best man, ushers and bridesmaids.
6–12 months to go
- Check your date with your minister/priest/rabbi or book the register office.
- Make a first draft of your guest list.
- Send out save-the-date cards.
- Start a wedding scrapbook filled with ideas torn out from the pages of Wedding and Wedding Flowers & Accessories. Get browsing on Pinterest for ideas!
- Book your chair cover supplier (look no further!)
- Look at sample menus and book your caterer.
- Book your photographer and videographer.
- Book your wedding cars.
- Order your invitations and other stationery.
- Start looking for your cake maker.
- Make appointments to try on dresses.
- Choose your florist and discuss ideas.
- Book your reception entertainment.
- Begin a health and beauty regime.
4–6 months to go
- If your wedding isn’t in a Church of England, give notice of the marriage to the superintendent registrar at your local register office.
- Prompt your groom to start looking for suits for himself, his best man and the ushers.
- Order your wedding cake.
- Set up your wedding gift list.
- Choose and buy your wedding rings.
- Choose or start making your wedding day favours.
- Book accommodation for any guests who need it.
- Arrange a menu tasting with a caterer.
- Have your first dress fitting with lingerie and shoes.
- Choose your bridesmaid dresses.
- Find and book your hairdresser and make-up artist.
- Plan and book your honeymoon.
2–4 months to go
- Select any readings and music, and confirm your choices with your minister/registrar.
- Send out your invitations, together with details of your gift list and any other essential information.
- Confirm your booking if you’re marrying in a register office.
- Finalise your honeymoon plans, ensuring you have any necessary visas, inoculations and travel insurance.
- Have order-of-service sheets printed.
- Write your personalised wedding vows, if necessary.
- Buy a guestbook.
- Try out various hair and make-up looks.
- Plan your hen and stag parties.
- Book your first-night hotel.
- Contact local or national newspapers if you want to publish your wedding announcement.
1–2 months to go
- Chase all unanswered invitations.
- Draw up a final guest list.
- Finalise your seating plan.
- Give the final number of guests to your caterer.
- Buy your marriage licence from the registrar.
- Have your final dress fitting and confirm the collection date.
- Choose gifts for your wedding party.
- Book your final hair appointment.
- Finalise transport.
- As people start to buy presents from your gift list, make a start on your thank-you notes.
- Give your fiancé, father and best man a gentle nudge to start working on their speeches.
- Find out where your guests are staying if you plan to deliver gifts or welcome notes to their rooms.
- Hold your hen and stag parties.
2 weeks to go
- Hold a wedding rehearsal with all key members of the wedding party.
- Write out your placecards or send them to be printed.
- Type up a list of must-take shots for your photographer.
- Confirm timings with all your key wedding suppliers, including photographer, florist, cake maker and band/DJ.
- Plan your honeymoon wardrobe.
- Remind your fiancé to have a haircut.
1 week to go
- Have a final hair and make-up practice. Arrange for the cake to be delivered to your reception venue.
- Reconfirm final numbers with your caterer.
- Double-check your outfit and accessories.
- Make sure the best man has arranged for the hired outfits to be returned on time after the wedding.
- Wear in your wedding shoes around the house.
The day before
- Help to decorate the venue, if necessary.
- Have a manicure and pedicure.
- Have your honeymoon luggage sent to your first-night hotel.
- Eat a light meal, take a bath with lots of bubbles, have an early night – and try to relax!