A Wedding checklist to keep you organised. A Brides ultimate guide.
Spending many years working in the wedding industry, I know just how stressful it can be to plan your own wedding. I hope you can use my ultimate checklist to keep things running smoothly.
Christmas and Valentines day has been and gone now, in general more people tend to get proposed to at those times of the year the most.
I know some people don't like the idea of Christmas proposals and think that it ruins the festival period. Me and Craig got engaged on Christmas day way back in 2004 and we have been together ever since.
It hasn't ruined Christmas for me, but I do know people are different.
Congratulations if you did get engaged, at any time of the year!
You are now wondering what's next, you need a list for the wedding and you need to get planning. But remember you don't have to stick to any lists, there is no right or wrong way to do it.
12 months before
Get a notebook you can dedicate to wedding planning.
Set the date - Do you have a date that is special to you both?
Set your budget - Decide what you want to spend and on what.
Settle on a theme/ style & colour
Grab a binder and keep track of receipts etc
Look up local wedding fairs to attend and meet suppliers
10 Months before
Put together a guest list - and settle on your numbers
Start looking at venues and get one booked
Book a band or your entertainment
Book your officiant
Find a photographer - really look into this one as so many people offer this service.Choose one that suits your style
Look for a caterer
8 Months before
Choose your stationary
Order save the dates
Look at wedding dresses
Invite your friends/family to join your wedding party
Book hotel rooms for guests or alternatively book Bell tents with Blossom Bell Tent Hire (UK only)
6 Months Before
Send your save the date cards
Book your Honeymoon
Order bridesmaid dresses
Start planning with your florist
4 Months Before
Order your cake
Order the grooms attire
Plan your rehearsal
Make appointments for hair & makeup trails
8 Weeks Before
Create a system for your RSVPs
Begin dress fitting
Arrange your transport
Purchase the rings
4 Weeks Before
Meet with your photographer
Make your seating plan
Order menus, favour tags, table numbers etc
Order wedding favours
2 weeks before
If you have one give your shot list to the photographer
Final dress fitting
Complete your vows
Assemble the favours
Send out a schedule to your guests
1 Week Before
Send your final payments
Confirm guests with caterer
Have a backup plan in case of bad weather
Pick up the dress
1 Day Before
Get your manicure. pedicure done
Have a rehearsal
Give out gifts to the wedding party
Get the clothes/shoes etc ready for the next day
Go to bed early
Hair & make up
Go get Married
Enjoy your day.