WED­DING 101

SHE SAID “YES”? NICE WORK, SIR – BUT NOW THE REAL FUN STARTS. THE NEXT 18 MONTHS ARE GO­ING TO FLY PAST, SO TO HELP YOU ON YOUR WAY, HERE’S OUR UL­TI­MATE WED­DING PLAN­NING GUIDE.

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18 MONTHS TO GO SWEAR IN YOUR BEST MAN

You’ve al­ready locked in a bride, and this one’s the next-most-im­por­tant role. The minute you’re en­gaged, all your mates/broth­ers/cousins will start won­der­ing who gets the big gig. Just be sure to choose the one who re­ally is the ‘best man’ for the job – and con­grat­u­late him right away. Run­ners-up can be grooms­men.

FIG­URE OUT A BUD­GET

Bor­ing, yes, but if you’re hop­ing to spend $15,000 and your fu­ture wife is think­ing closer to $150,000, there may be trou­ble ahead. Make sure you’re on the same page – of the spread­sheet, that is.

CHOOSE YOUR VENUES

The lo­ca­tion of your cer­e­mony and the sub­se­quent cel­e­bra­tion will play a big fac­tor in de­cid­ing your wed­ding date. Pop­u­lar places get booked up early, so you’ll need to visit a few be­fore find­ing the one that’s right – and avail­able.

12 MONTHS TO GO COM­MIS­SION STA­TIONERY

That’s save-the-date cards, in­vi­ta­tions, RSVP cards, and so on. Send save-the-dates pronto, so guests fix your big day in their cal­en­dars. It’s also a good time to set up a sim­ple wed­ding web­site, so you aren’t in­un­dated with daily calls from Aun­tie Kell and Un­cle Doug, re­quest­ing ho­tel phone num­bers and travel di­rec­tions.

BOOK THE CEL­E­BRANT

...and the band, DJ, caterer and florist. Ask friends for rec­om­men­da­tions and, although scru­ti­n­is­ing prospec­tive sup­pli­ers’ web­sites is a must, noth­ing beats ac­tu­ally meet­ing them all in per­son. Make sure these are peo­ple you ac­tu­ally want at your wed­ding.

BOOK THE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Welcome to the In­sta­gram Age, where if it’s not doc­u­mented in pic­tures, it sim­ply didn’t hap­pen – but choose some­one whose style re­flects your own per­son­al­ity.

SIX MONTHS TO GO SEND IN­VI­TA­TIONS

Now’s the time to get the of­fi­cial in­vites in the post, and start look­ing out for RSVPS.

CHOOSE YOUR WED­DING BANDS

Although sim­ple was once best, brands like Tif­fany & Co. are re­leas­ing more in­ter­est­ing, elab­o­rate styles for your big day. Head online or book an in-store ap­point­ment to see what’s on of­fer.

BUY YOUR SUIT

A ten­ner says it’s not just your fair lady who ends up ‘shred­ding for the wed­ding’, so avoid buy­ing your suit any ear­lier than this, or you could run into trou­ble. Get your shoes now, too, and gen­tly start wear­ing them in.

PLAN YOUR HON­EY­MOON

You know how to book a hol­i­day, right? Good.

ONE MONTH TO GO GET YOUR SUIT AL­TERED

Your physique won’t change much in the fi­nal month, so it’s time to fine-tune that suit to per­fec­tion. Don’t for­get to take your shoes along so the pants can be hemmed to the right length.

PLAN YOUR WED­DING SPEECH

Don’t put this off. Es­sen­tially, you’re re­spon­si­ble for thank­ing pretty well ev­ery­one: her par­ents, your par­ents, brides­maids, ush­ers, guests... But if you don’t re­mem­ber any of that, you’ll be for­given. The one thing you mustn’t for­get is to tell your new wife how lucky you are to have found her. Re­ally. Do not for­get.

ONE WEEK TO GO PUT TO­GETHER YOUR WED­DING DAY TIME LINE

...and then hand it over to the best man. He’ll need de­tails of ev­ery venue and per­son in­volved in the wed­ding, so he can run things on the day.

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