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Planning for your big day

We all know weddings take a lot of planning, plenty of preparation and excellent organisation.

Take a look at this quick guide to what you need to arrange, and when...

12-18 months before tying the knot

  • Make a decision on the type of ceremony you would like: Civil or Religious - so you can begin booking a Venue, Registry Office or Church.
  • Although you probably have a date in mind, NOW is the time to confirm we are available.
  • This is your day and you can have it your way. Do you want a formal, semi-formal or informal celebration?
  • Allocate a budget. Yes, there's every chance things might change, but this is still vital.
  • Photographers, videographers, florists, wedding dressers, MUA's and luxury cars are all in high demand - particularly for summer weddings. Be sure to confirm these at the earliest possible moment.
  • Begin planning your guestlist. This takes time, especially if you have more friends and family than your wedding can hold. Remember - people are understanding of this issue, so try not to worry about causing offence.
  • Take out wedding insurance - for peace of mind
  • 6 months until the big day

  • Finalise the outfits for the happy couple and wedding party, pending any final alterations.
  • Spend some time deciding on a honeymoon destination; hardly a horrible task, nevertheless it's a big decision.
  • Visit the venue to confirm all details with staff.
  • Ladies - book a hairdresser!.
  • Send out those invites. Giving people as much notice as possible is essential. Remind your guests to book accommodation if they are not local, ideally suggest some options.
  • 1 month to go

  • Confirm your final details with your venue.
  • Make sure any outstanding accounts are paid in full to avoid any last-minute panic.
  • In case you haven't already started, now is the time to get your speeches written down before things get really busy. And vows too, if you are choosing to have them.
  • Set out a table plan. Once it's done, stick to it.
  • 1 week to go

  • Check that anyone helping with arrangements (bridesmaids and the best man) have a list of all services booked and contact details for each.
  • Time for the wedding rehearsal - followed by plenty of excitement as the day is almost here!.
  • Hand the rings to the best man.
  • Confirm when the outfits need to be collected if you haven't already done so.
  • A couple of days

  • If your venue is able to accommodate this, bring your place cards, gifts and decorations for safe keeping so nothing is forgotten.
  • Your wedding day

    This is it - the time has finally come. Thanks to your excellent preparation all there is left to do is turn up, relax and have a ball.

    It's your day
    - and you're doing it your way!

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