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Planning your wedding… in steps

Posted by Categories: Planning
Planning your wedding… in steps

12 months to go

  • Announce your engagement to family & friends
  • Place announcement in local paper
  • Decide on wedding date
  • Decide the type of wedding you want
  • Agree your budget & decide who will pay for what
  • Hire wedding co-ordinator if needed (included with all Weddings at The Sheene Mill)
  • Registrar office- notify registrar & obtain marriage licence
  • Draft a guest list – decide numbers
  • Venue: research & visit & then make your final choice & book
  • Choose attendants: Best Man, Bridesmaids & Ushers

Research, book & confirm:

  • Caterers
  • Photographers
  • Musicians/DJ
  • Florist
  • Cake
  • Videographers
  • Wedding Cars/ transport
  • Search for your dress, then book initial & final fittings
  • Plan & book your honeymoon
  • Once all the above are done book wedding insurance
  • Begin fitness & beauty routines

6 months to go

  • Arrange your first meeting with your priest, minister or rabbi, if you are having a civil ceremony, book the registrar
  • Choose outfits for the groom, best men, bridesmaids, ushers & page boys
  • Order wedding stationery
  • Select & order your wedding rings
  • Choose your gift list company
  • Discuss with parents what they will wear for the wedding
  • Order chair covers and venue decorations
  • Select ceremony music and wording for your vows if required
  • Book a toastmaster if required
  • Arrange to give notice of marriage

4 months to go

  • Send out invitations including gift list
  • Give notice of marriage to superintendent if the wedding is in a church other than Church of England
  • Confirm booking, if marrying in a register office
  • Check all passports validity, vaccinations, visa & travel insurance
  • Buy shoes, lingerie & accessories
  • Book hair & make up trials
  • Arrange rehearsal times
  • Groom, Best Man & attendants fittings to be arranged
  • Plan & book Hen & Stag celebrations ( not too close to wedding!)
  • Confirm Order of Service
  • Order Wedding Favours
  • Reserve accommodation for guests who need it
  • Book first night hotel

1-2 months to go

  • Buy gifts for best man, bridesmaids & ushers
  • Chase up any unanswered invitations and start table plan
  • Confirm numbers with the venue & caterer (including special diet requirements)
  • Arrange your final dress fitting
  • Collect Wedding Rings
  • Groom, Best Man & father to write speeches
  • Let photographer know the essential shots
  • Buy each other wedding gifts
  • Ensure all attendants have final fittings
  • Confirm final timings with venue, entertainment and wedding transport companies
  • Buy a guest book
  • Have Order of Service Printed
  • Shop for Honeymoon clothes
  • List contact names & numbers of all suppliers & give to someone you trust in case of emergencies
  • Have final consultations with all suppliers, notify of any changes

2 weeks to go

  • Finalise your table plan & let the venue, caterers & chair cover company know details
  • Menu details finalised with caterer
  • Record any gifts received in advance
  • Wear in your wedding shoes
  • Confirm rehearsal details with all those concerned
  • Arrange for names changes on relevant paperwork

1 week to go

  • Put together your emergency Wedding Day surival kit ready- ensure that you put someone in charge of it ie chief bridesmaid  and include small sewing kit ( cream/white thread plus bridesmaids colours) safety pins,clear nail varnish ( for ladders in tights) spare tights,small white flannel, baby wipes, tissues ( for ceremony) toothbrish & toothpaste( get mini travel ones )mints or breath freshner spray,painkillers, plasters (shoes) contact numbers for all your suppliers.
  • Pack for your honeymoon
  • Final hair & make up practice
  • Hold rehearsal with wedding party – give order of service to minister
  • Groom have haircut
  • Give rings to Best Man
  • Have manicure & beauty treatments
  • Confirm who is collecting or delivering corsages and buttonholes
  • Have some early nights and try to relax – you’re nearly there!

The Wedding Day!

Just remember it will fly pass, try to relax, smile & enjoy every moment

  • Allow about 6 hours’ preparation- yes really!
  • Try & persuade everyone to eat breakfast, especially the bride & groom
  • Best man collects any messages from people unable to attend
  • Hair & make up for bride, bridesmaids & mothers, wear a top with button front so you don’t have to pull it over your newly finished hair & make up
  • Photographer to take pre- wedding pictures
  • Groom & Best man to arrive 15 minutes early
  • First car to take brides mother & bridesmaids
  • Bride’s transport for her & father
  • The Registrar will confirm details separately with the bride & groom

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