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Simple Tips to plan your Wedding by Clare Ebbs

First Things First

Getting married is a hugely exciting time, full of love, laughter and probably a few tears – and it all starts here with those all important decisions that will make your wedding day truly unique.

The Key Questions

What is your dream? Sit down with your fiancé and each make a list of everything that’s important to you both. Split the list into essentials (venue, dress, flowers and so on) and optionals (chocolate fountain, limo, string quartet) to give you both a clear picture of your dream day. Compare your lists and agree to compromise where necessary.

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding

What is your overall style? Will you be having a religious or a civil ceremony? How many guests do you want to invite? Will it be a formal or a casual reception?

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding

What size is your Wedding Budget? How are you going to pay for the wedding? Will parents be contributing? How much can you save up during your engagement? Will you need to think about taking out a loan to pay for some of the expenses?

Do you have a Date in mind? Do you want a short or a long engagement? Are there any major family occasions coming up that will cause scheduling problems? Is the time of the year important?

The answers to these questions will help you put together a clearer vision of what will be included in your perfect day and, of course, whether you can afford to pay for your dream wedding.

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding YOUR 12 MONTHS TO-DO CALENDAR

12 months to go

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Sit down and have the money conversation with your fiancé and your parents to decide on your budget and who will pay for what.
Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Fix a date and time with your registrar.
Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Decide on guest numbers.

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Visit reception venues and book as soon as possible.

11 months to go

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Send out the 'save the date' cards.
Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Book your photographer and if you want one, a videographer.
Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Book your caterer and your band or DJ.

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Make appointments to try on wedding dresses.

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding

10 months to go

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Decide on your dress – allow at least 4 months for a made to measure outfit to be delivered.

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Start thinking about your honeymoon destination. It’s always good to book early to ensure availability.

9 months to go

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Find a florist.
Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Discuss buttonholes and the arrangements you’ld like for each venue.

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Confirm your menu choice and drinks order with your caterer.

8 months to go

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Order invitations and envelopes, as well as place cards and menus.

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Decide on the boxes of sweets or other customary things to be sent out with the invitations to your guests.

7 months to go

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Book hotel rooms if expecting out-of-town guests. Arrange for their transport
Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Don’t forget to organise transport to your 1st night hotel or to the airport.

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Order your wedding cake.

6 months to go

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Choose gifts for your fiance's immediate family members-mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister/brother etc.

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Pick your weddings bands(rings).

5 months to go

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding If you’re changing your name, now’s the time to renew your passport – you’ll need to ask the officiating minister or registrar to sign the application form for you.

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Book a consultation with your hair dresser to discuss looks for your wedding

4 months to go

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Go shopping! Remember, summer honeymoon clothes aren’t easy to find in winter.
Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Find out if you need visas or inoculations for travel abroad.
Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Discuss hen and stag night plans with your attendants.

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Prompt your fiancé to book your first night hotel.

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding

3 months to go

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Try out different looks with your make-up artist.
Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Book your hairdresser for your wedding day and any other colour or trim appointments.
Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Book a rehearsal and tell those who need to be there.

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Choose a company for your gift list and compile it.

2 months to go

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Send out invitations and keep an up-to-date list of acceptances and refusals.
Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Check your fiancé has the rings, his wedding clothes, your first night hotel and the buttonholes sorted.

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Try on your whole wedding outfit.

1 month to go

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Inform your caterer of the final number of guests.
Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Work out a seating plan.
Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Discuss special requests with your DJ or band.
Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Order honeymoon currency.
Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Have your final cut and colour 2 weeks before the big day.

Simple Tips to plan your Wedding Go on your Hen's and Stag nights – it’s time to party!

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