The Wedding plan!
To Be Done Now
- Open a separate bank / savings account for your wedding fund.
- Choose your wedding ceremony Style – church, register office or civil ceremony venue.
- Choose a venue, check availability and book putting down deposit or getting paperwork.
- Book the service or registrar – do this as early as possible to ensure you get your preferred date.
- Organise wedding insurance, its such a expense better covered than not.
- Decide on a Best Man, bridesmaids, ushers and page boys Choose wisely.
- Go dress shopping (Take photos).
- Begin eating healthily and kick start your fitness regime.
4-9 Months to go
- Decide on honeymoon destination and book.
- Choose and Book transport for the day.
- Choose and book your entertainment – don’t forget the children.
- Compare previous work with others and Book the photographer and videographer that you like work of.
- Order invitations and other stationery (earlier the better).
- Decide and book the caterers if needed (sample food if possible).
- Arrange wedding licence that is required.
- Hire wedding planner, if required (use venues wedding planner if available).
- Arrange meeting with your minister or registrar to discuss service and wedding banns.
- Select readings and music for the ceremony (remember its your wedding).
- Choose a style of wedding cake and order (good idea to test sample cakes and choose from those).
- Discuss your flower requirements and ideas with your florist and ensure that date is secured with florist.
- Order suits for groom, best man, etc.
- Buy lingerie and shoes.
- Arrange a dress fitting (try on with lingerie). Same for bridesmaids.
3 Months to go
- Choose wedding favours and order.
- Send out invitations, keeping a list of who you’ve sent to.
- Confirm registry office booking, if not a church wedding.
- Put together a gift list or register with a service.
- Book a hotel for your wedding night (preferably away from your guests so you can enjoy a peaceful morning).
- Reserve accommodation for guests.
- Check hen and stag parties are in hand.
- Choose stylists and discuss hair and make-up options.
- Have hair and make up rehearsal.
- Discuss menus with caterers/venue (Test menus).
- Choose wedding rings and other jewellery.
- Trial run fake tans.
2 Months to go
- Select thank you gifts for your wedding party.
- Arrange table decorations and personalise.
- Organise the printing of the Order of Service sheets.
- Purchase a guest book.
- Order flowers, including buttonholes, headdresses, bouquets and corsages.
- Buy marriage licence from registrar.
- Keep track of RSVP’s.
- Update and confirm numbers and menu with caterers.
- Choose music for wedding reception and wedding breakfast.
- Hold Hen and Stag parties.
1 Month to go
- Book a final dress fitting.
- Finalise the number of guests attending which part of Wedding.
- Confirm numbers for the caterers.
- Carefully allocate a seating plan.
- If going abroad, order currency for your honeymoon.
- Send place cards to calligrapher/printer in plenty of time to check.
- Remind key guests about their speeches and responsibilitys.
2 Weeks to go
- Check that speeches are Written.
- Confirm arrangements with any suppliers and get confirmation in writing / receipt.
- Wear wedding shoes around the house in order to break them in.
- Pack holiday clothes.
- Order travellers cheques.
- discuss with photographer of any ‘must have’ photos.
- Buy gifts for the wedding party.
- Suggest that fiance to get a haircut.
1 Week to go
- Re-confirm final numbers with caterers over and over.
- Check travel documents for the honeymoon at least a few times a day.
- Confirm time and place with photographer, florist, cars, music and entertainment.
- Hold wedding rehearsal (don't get drunk).
24 Hours to go
- Have a manicure, pedicure and other beauty treatments.
- Eat well don't skip meals (don't try anything new).
- Have honeymoon luggage sent to first night hotel.
- Ensure that venue is being Decorated.
- Make sure you're looking at you're best by following the maker’s instructions.
- Relax and have an early night no more distractions.
On the Day
- Best man to have the rings; collect buttonholes and flowers for the groom’s family.
- Best man to be ready to take any hired suits back on time.
- Best man to pack up the wedding presents safely.
- Maid of honour to help dress and arrange your veil.
- Maid of honour to keep you calm and relaxed.
- Maid of honour to take your dress away to be cleaned whilst you are on honeymoon.
After the honeymoon
Send thank you cards.
Change your name. Notify various people and organisations