If you’ve just got engaged – congratulations! It’s an exciting time and you’ve most likely got all sorts of plans and ideas rushing around in your head. But when do you need to start doing everything? As the saying goes, proper planning prevents poor performance… or something like that.
As soon as you get engaged, start thinking about your budget. Will you be paying for the wedding yourselves or will family help? What else do you have going on? For example if you’ve got children or are buying a house, it’s likely that you’ll want to spend less on the wedding as you’ve got plenty of other expenses!
Once your budget is agreed, you need a venue. Consider whether you will have the ceremony at a church, registry office or in situ at your reception venue and then begin making arrangements. Some venues such as hotels and wedding barns can be booked up far in advance, so it’s important to get straight on with this to make sure you secure the date you want!
Once you have your date secured, book your photographer/videographer, hair and makeup artist, caterer if you need one and organise your wedding insurance. At this stage you usually only need to pay deposits, and the insurance is crucial – 2020 has shown us this for sure!
You must also arrange to give notice of marriage – you can do this up to 12 months in advance but it’s a good idea to sort this sooner rather than later as you can’t get married without it!
Over the next few months, you can begin all the nitty gritty such as menus, flowers, dresses and suits, transport, wedding stationery, the entertainment and so on.
Three months before the wedding, chase your RSVPs and sort your table plan (this is often the trickiest part of the entire wedding!). Book your hair and makeup trial, have your hen and stag do, organise wedding favours and get those dress fittings arranged – it’s all becoming very real!
Buy your wedding rings and then start the process of paying for the rest of the wedding itself. You might like to reward yourself by booking your honeymoon, or perhaps a mini-moon somewhere more local. Be sure to start your skincare regime now too, to ensure your skin is tip top for the big day.
In the last few weeks before the wedding, re-confirm everything and be proud of yourself for arranging an entire wedding – it’s no mean feat! Try to make sure you are getting plenty of sleep and create a timing plan for the days leading up to the big day – who is collecting the flowers and when, what about your cake, what time will your hair and makeup be done?
There is so much to planning the big day – this is just a very brief overview – but the most important thing to remember is that it’s YOUR day and it should be exactly as you want it.
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