So you have taken the plunge and have decided on the date for your big day. Now it is time to start getting the details pinned down too. But when should I be planning my wedding? Take a look below for our quick reference guide for when it’s best to book what! Let the fun and excitement begin!
9-12 Months Beforehand
- Decide on your bridal party – best man or woman, maid of honour, bridesmaids, page boys, ushers, ring bearer etc.
- Start compiling a guest list.
- Send ‘Save the Date’ cards (consider having an engagement shoot to add a personal touch to these and meet a potential wedding photographer).
- Visit wedding fayres to meet potential wedding suppliers and absorb ideas.
- Choose your reception venue, photographer (We can help with this bit!) and/or videographer.
- Look at potential honeymoon destinations.
- Plan and book what you will wear, for example the dress, the suit, what the attendants will wear.
- Book hair and/or make-up artists.
- Research wedding ceremony insurance (recommended).
- Look into caterers and florists – consider if your floral choices may be seasonal and may require booking in advance.
6-9 Months Beforehand
- Begin thinking about whether you are going to make a gift list or consider travel vouchers towards your honeymoon.
- Consider any transport requirements for your bridal party and possibly your guests if required.
4-6 Months Beforehand
- Book your florist and get your order placed.
- Buy wedding rings.
- Visit your venue and decide on the reception menu.
- Order your cake (if not being made by a friend or family member).
- Order any ceremony stationery you might need.
3-4 Months Beforehand
- Finalise any honeymoon arrangements.
- Send out invitations.
- Research and send lists of local accommodation to guests who may need it (if not already reserved at your venue).
- Buy attendants’ presents/prepare gift box to give your partner on the morning of the wedding.
1 Month Beforehand
- Chase up any guests who have not yet replied.
- Order honeymoon currency if required.
- Prepare a list of organisations you will need to notify of your change of details.
- Give final guest list to caterers.
- Have a hair and make-up trial.
1 Week To Go!
- Do a practice run of the journeys you will be making on the day to confirm timescales.
- Try all outfits on as a final check for fit.
- Ensure all hired clothes are collected in time.
- Pack for your honeymoon!
We hope you enjoyed our guide to planning your wedding and that it has given you a good idea of what needs planning when, to make your big day a success. Although we can’t help with everything in the above list, what we can provide is memorable and tasteful photography for the day, allowing you to remember it for generations to come. For more information about our packages, or to discuss photography for your day in greater detail, please get in touch!