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How to Plan Your Wedding

A handy step-by-step guide to a stress free(ish) plan


As soon as you have decided you are going to tie the knot.

  • Sit down with your partner and discuss your ideal wedding to make sure you’re on the same page
  • Draw up a budget – bearing in mind, this WILL change.
  • Start planning your guest list. Decide on approximate number of guests –this will impact your choice of venue
  • Pick potential wedding dates – check with important guests to avoid clashes
  • Research potential wedding venues and ceremony locations
  • Look into potential wedding caterers

12 Months Before the Date

  • Visit and book your reception venue and ceremony location, all the best ones do get booked very quickly. Look at if you want a dry hire, where nothing is provided and you can dress to your personal taste, Trinity Buoy Wharf being one of these. Or somewhere where everything is included.
  • If considering an, at home wedding, look into marquee companies and the costs and also see what is included.
  • Research potential suppliers and wedding services – caterer, photographer, florist, invitations, cake, decor, music, hair and makeup. many of these will offer free tastings or a mock up.
  • Decide what type of entertainment you want for ceremony, drinks reception and dancing
  • Book photographer & musicians, band or DJ
  • Book videographer
  • dog kissing the brideResearch and consider options for your venue and ceremony decor
  • Research and consider a wedding planner or venue stylist
  • Start your wedding dress research
  • Send Save the Date cards – important if you’re getting married abroad, or during a very busy time of year
  • Enlist any helpers/talented friends of family with aspects of the wedding. Best friends love to be involved and can be very useful.


6 – 12 months before the date

  • Research and reserve accommodations for guests
  • Contact hire companies if you need to rent anything for ceremony/reception, such as chairs, tables or china.
  • Book honeymoon – flights and accommodation
  • Order wedding cake
  • Meet with a florist,
  • Order your wedding dress – many boutiques consider under six months a ‘rush order’ and may apply a fee
  • Ensure passports are in date for honeymoon –  order new ones if necessary
  • Start planning your honeymoon – activities and excursions

5 – 6 months before the date

  • flower displayChoose wedding day hair & make up styles
  • Order wedding rings
  • Choose and order wedding invitations
  • Book your wedding cars for transportation to and from venues
  • Book the florist, hairdresser, make up artist, and caterer.
  • Decide on groomsman and ushers attire
  • Schedule dress fittings

4 -5 months before the date

  • Prepare the play list and do not play list for the DJ/band
  • Finalise the wedding guest list
  • Organise the table plan
  • Order any decor pieces, catering hire, tables & chairs, lighting

3 months – It’s getting close

  • wedding foodFinalise and check all the honeymoon arrangments.
  • Finalise numbers and menu with your caterer

2 months – Crunch time

  • Send out invitiations
  • Organise system for RSVP’s
  • Finalise playlist
  • Finalise dress fitting
  • Write out your honeymoon itinerary and give to close family
  • Decide on your ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’
  • Purchase gifts for bridesmaids and attendants
  • Book a spa day for you and a friend
  • Create a wedding day timeline

1 month – Do not forget

  • call vendors and suppliers to confirm dates, times and locations
  • Pick up wedding rings and check the sizings
  • Final dress fitting with shoes and undergarments
  • Write out thank you notes as gifts are received
  • Confirm the honeymoon arrangements

2 weeks – It’s not long now

  • Follow up with guests who have not replied
  • Final count to caterer
  • Break in your wedding shoes
  • Final haircut and colour
  • Delegate someone to return any hired items and sort out the wedding dress and presents
  • Arrange wedding transport to have final route and timings
  • Delegate wedding day duties; present table, guestbook
  • Make arrangements for any pets & houseplants whilst you are away

1 week – Breathe, you are almost there

  • Prepare final payments to suppliers
  • Let photographer and videographer know of any special requests
  • Prepare wedding day emergency list
  • Have your spa day
  • Lay out wedding day clothes and leaving clothes

The Day Before – Can you believe it?

  • Get a mani/pedicure
  • Have a massage
  • Go to bed at a decent hour


  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Allow plenty of time to get ready
  • relax, smile and soak in every incredible moment





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