Wedding Planning Timeline – Wedding Advice

Wedding Planning Timeline – Wedding Advice

From the start of your wedding planning timeline right through top your wedding day. The Wedding Affair team are here to help. The wedding planning timeline shows you what key items to order and when. If those recommended timings have passed don’t stress there are hundreds of talented wedding suppliers across the country, ready to give you all the help you need. These timings are targeted to give you the best possible choice of those talented businesses that soon get booked up in advance, If your first choice is not available, ask them who they would recommend and check our list of Approved Wedding Suppliers. Happy planning we hope it all goes well for you, and if you are stuck drop us an email we will always try to help.

12 Months and Beyond

  • Tell relatives and close friends, perhaps organise an engagement party or photographic shoot with your favourite photographer.
  • Download our FREE Budget Planner tool at the bottom of this page, discuss and agree an overall budget.
  • Stay organised, the more organised you are, the less chance there is that something will go wrong, stay focused!
  • Set wedding budgets for all the different areas of our wedding day and honeymoon and decide who is responsible for organising.
  • Visit preferred venues for your wedding reception – if it’s popular or unusual, book it as soon as possible!
  • Arrange the first meeting with your minister, priest or rabbi to set the date of the wedding, making sure you’re venue is also free.
  • If it’s a Civil ceremony, book the registrar, they get booked up very quickly and you wouldn’t want to miss a prime slot.
  • Before you book any suppliers visit a few wedding fairs so you know what you can get for your money. We would say that wouldn’t we, but you could be surprised at whats on offer. Recommendations are wonderful but everyone’s taste and standards are different.
  • Book any of those must have suppliers, you would be amazed at how early a photographer or cake company can get booked up in advance. There are only so many Saturdays in the year.
  • If your having a marquee wedding book your site and marquee nice and early especially if you’re planning a summer wedding.
  • Choose your chief bridesmaid, best man, and other attendants early on and give them responsibilities.
  • Decide on a total number of wedding guests and draw up a list with both sets of parents and remember to compromise.

6 – 12 Months To Go

  • Consider hiring a wedding planner, if you really don’t have the time, or just need a little help they can be a blessing and save you money in the long run.
  • Look at the venue location, are all your guests needing to stay over, can the venue provide the rooms required, if not look at the local hotels and B&B’s and see what deals are on offer for the overnight stays and write a list with a variance of price and quality.
  • Discuss wedding breakfast menu options and pricing with wedding caterers, remember to consider vegetarians.
  • Make your all-important bookings for the wedding reception, its the biggest part of the day.
  • The fun bit – look for your wedding dress, bridesmaids, menswear and help your Parents to choose a complimentary outfit.
  • Begin a health & beauty regime. Do you need to control your weight for dress fittings, do you want to just get fit and tone up?
  • I hope you’ve booked your wedding photographer by now, they really do get booked up very fast particularly in the busy months.
  • Book the florist, remember our recommended florists are here to help and don’t forget to find out when your flowers are in season.
  • Organise wedding insurance, it is most important. What happens should anything go wrong, give yourself peace of mind.
  • Plan the honeymoon carefully and ensure you pick your destination according to season and the time of year you’ll be going away .
  • Save the date let all those important guests know before you send out the official invites that they are invited to your wedding.

3 – 6 Months To Go

  • Arrange a second meeting with your minister, priest or rabbi to discuss a service and agree a date for publication of the banns. If the wedding is taking place in a church other than the Church of England, notice of the impending marriage must be given to the superintendant registrar.
  • Choose the wedding hymns and wedding music; book the a musician. Will you be having one at the ceremony and reception?
  • Order your wedding cake if you haven’t already done so… the very best cake makers will be booked up early.
  • Order some beautiful wedding stationery, although I’m sure you’ll have already done.
  • Decide on your wedding florist and discuss your wedding bouquet, button holes, ceremony and reception flowers.
  • Arrange fittings for your wedding dress and keep the Bridal Boutique informed of your changes to your body shape.
  • Discuss your wedding hairstyle, will your wedding party and parents be joining you on the day? Pamper yourselves…
  • Book your chosen professional wedding hairdresser and wedding make-up appointments for the morning of the wedding.
  • Book both the wedding hotel for your first night & the honeymoon. After a long day, ensure you have the Bridal.
  • Check passports and arrange any inoculations. Will you require visas? Check luggage allowances too.
  • Choose your wedding rings. Why not have them designed to your bespoke specifications with your date engraved inside.
  • Book wedding cars and remember the distance between venues, are you having a winter wedding, check the weather!
  • Organise your wedding gift list… have you already set up home, perhaps consider an alternative choice.
  • Post Your invitations with wedding gift list details and don’t forget to include guest accommodation too.

2 Months To Go

  • Finalise the order of service and order the printed sheets through your stationer, making sure you have everything correct first.
  • Reconfirm all your prior bookings, this will give you peace of mind and everyone will know what they are doing.
  • Check that those helpers, you have delegated tasks to, keep you informed of what they are up to.
  • Send out thank you notes as wedding gifts start to arrive or wait until after your wedding day, which is the norm.
  • Buy all your wedding accessories including jewellery, makeup, perfume and any last minute details.
  • Check the groom and best man have organised their wedding menswear and double checked sizes and delivery options and times.
  • Choose presents for all the attendants and arrange to have them wrapped, don’t forget cards too.
  • Make sure you’ve got that bridal glow sorted by booking any other beauty treatments (fake tan, manicure etc.)
  • Write your wedding vows, either together or separately, perhaps talk to a Celebrant or your Registrar.

1 Month To Go

  • Type up a list of must-take shots and send to your wedding photographer although being organised, they should already know.
  • Write to banks and other official bodies if you are changing your surname or giving yourself a double barrelled name.
  • Try on your wedding dress and practice walking in those gorgeous wedding shoes. Perhaps your shoes need softening or wearing in.
  • Confirm the number of wedding guests with your wedding caterers and draw up a seating plan or let your guests choose.
  • Check & Confirm all wedding reception arrangements again with all the different suppliers or as we said hire a Wedding Planner!
  • Have a rehearsal at the wedding venue and/or, church, if necessary, some will want you to go through the day and service.
  • Confirm your assigned wedding photographer, wedding flowers, wedding transport and entertainment.
  • Pack for your honeymoon and order traveller’s cheques and or currency, remember to cover every eventuality.
  • Organise for the cake to be delivered to the wedding reception. Do you need a cake stand and knife, check with the venue.
  • Treat yourself to a glamorous manicure and pedicure, don’t forget your feet. How about a treatment for your hair too.
  • Enjoy your Hen or Stag do but don’t do it the night before, having a hangover is the worst thing on a wedding day!
  • Have your honeymoon luggage sent to your reception venue or first night hotel the day before the wedding.
  • De-stress the night before with a long bath and have an early night, its going to be a very long day tomorrow!

Your Wedding Day

  • Relax! You’ve been planning this for months, now its time to have fun and enjoy it! Give yourself plenty of time to get ready.
  • Have the bouquets and buttonholes delivered on the morning in plenty of time of leaving your house for the Church or Service.
  • The mother-of-the-bride and the bridesmaids leave first, then the bride and the person who will be walking her down the aisle.
  • The groom and the best man make their own way there and should arrive at least 30 minutes before the bride.
  • Remember the Registrar, in a civil ceremony will need to talk to you both before the proceedings start, so leave time.
  • Introduce your photographer to a trusted member of the family who can help him know who is who and organise the group shots.
  • Assign a member of the family to make any payments on the day, however, we suggest you pay every one prior to the day.
  • This day will go so fast, remember to take stock, have some time alone with your partner and enjoy every last minute.
  • Speeches are usually made as coffee is served. The brides father speaks first, followed by the groom and the best man.
  • Are you inviting evening guests, if so, make sure you’re around to greet them and leave plenty of time between the days events.
  • Traditionally the bride and groom leave the party before their guests, but don’t feel that you have to. It’s your wedding!
  • Make sure you give instructions to the Venue where the flowers, presents and cards will be kept overnight.
  • The Wedding Affair and Wedding Hour would like to wish you all the very best for your future together!
  • Have fun… you’ll hopefully be only doing this once and don’t forget to let us Blog your Wedding! Get in touch…