A wedding is one of the most beautiful ceremonies. It celebrates love and marks the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of two people. Another distinctive feature of the wedding is that it happens once for most of us. It is why so many couples stress out to make their wedding day as perfect as possible. To make the task easier, we have come up with the celebration planning checklist based on time left until the wedding.
12 to 18 months
Start early. Begin with setting your budget. Choose the date and place. Decide what kind of ceremony you prefer. Book a church or registrar depending on your choice. Write down the guest list. Having done all this will make it easier to choose the right venue. Then, check the wedding marquee hire services as well if you are considering an outdoor ceremony or wedding party. The sooner you make your choices and arrange bookings, the better.
9 to 12 months
It is the time to arrange required services for your wedding celebration. Start with catering and transportation choices. Decide on the menu. Choose what kind of music you prefer for the party. Book a DJ or band. Arrange a photographer and videographer. Choose your ushers, bridesmaids and the best man. Send Save the Date cards or invitations. Start looking for your perfect wedding dress design. Decide whether you are going to buy it ready or make it tailored for you.
6 to 9 months
Further preparation includes choosing the cake and arranging wedding flowers. Your wedding dress should be on its way already! It is time to choose accessories. Buy the shoes and underwear. Select the jewellery. Book the hairdressing and makeup services. Make the groomswear arranged. Start thinking of your honeymoon choices.
3 to 6 months
It is time to buy your wedding rings and choose dresses for the bridesmaids. Next, agree on the arranged services with a registrar or vicar. Start preparing your wedding vows. It is also time to make the booking for the honeymoon.
0 to 3 months
It is a trial period. First, try on your dress and shoes to make sure everything fits well. Second, work with your hairdresser and makeup artist to choose the perfect look for your special day. Prepare ‘Thank you’ speeches and cards. If you have previously decided to send Save the Date cards, then now it is the time to send invitations. Also, prepare your gifts for the bridal party.
Week before the wedding
All the key arrangements should be already made by now. Confirm your choices and requirements with the service providers. Pay the bills. Make a repetition of the wedding ceremony. Book your beauty appointments such as manicure and pedicure. Make sure to relax and get enough sleep before your special day.
This checklist should guide you step by step through the preparation process. My final advice is give yourself sufficient time to make all the listed decisions without having to rush. It is one of the most important days of your life. Thus, congratulations and good luck!
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