THE UL­TI­MATE PLAN­NING CHECK­LIST

Wel­come to the won­der­ful world of or­gan­is­ing your wed­ding. To give you a help­ing hand, we have put to­gether a to-do list to make sure you don’t miss a thing...

You and Your Wedding - - Features & Regulars -

The count­down starts here

18 MONTHS TO GO

Agree on a bud­get Draft a rough guest list so you know what size of venue to look for De­cide whether you would pre­fer a civil or re­li­gious wed­ding cer­e­mony and what type of venue you want View and book your venue Book your church and reg­is­trar/other cel­e­brant Fi­nalise your guest list In­vest in wed­ding in­sur­ance Book your pho­tog­ra­pher and videog­ra­pher

12 MONTHS TO GO

Choose your brides­maids, best man and ush­ers Send out your save the dates Book trans­port, if you need it Book your en­ter­tain­ment If you need to hire cater­ers, book them and dis­cuss the menu op­tions Start dress shop­ping Start brides­maid dress shop­ping Book your hair and make-up artist, if you're hav­ing them

NINE MONTHS TO GO

Book your florist Book your cake maker Or­der the dress, if you haven’t al­ready Buy your bridal ac­ces­sories, such as shoes, jew­ellery and un­der­wear Sort out your favours Give no­tice to your lo­cal reg­is­trar (if hav­ing a civil cer­e­mony). This is valid for one year

SIX MONTHS TO GO

Start shop­ping for groom­swear Buy the brides­maid dresses Book your hon­ey­moon Buy your wed­ding rings Sort out your first-night ac­com­mo­da­tion Dis­cuss the or­der of ser­vice with the vicar or reg­is­trar Choose the read­ings, hymns, songs or poems you want at your cer­e­mony If you’re writ­ing your own vows, start now Set up your gift list

THREE MONTHS TO GO

Send out your in­vi­ta­tions Have dress and/or suit fit­tings Have a hair and make-up trial Go on your hen and stag dos Break in your shoes Start writ­ing the speeches Buy thank you gifts for key mem­bers of the bridal party Have a menu tast­ing with your cater­ers Start the ta­ble plan Con­firm guest num­bers and any di­etary re­quire­ments with your venue and cater­ers four to six weeks be­fore the big day

ONE WEEK TO GO

Have a wed­ding re­hearsal (if re­quired) Con­firm book­ings and tim­ings with your sup­pli­ers Go through the day plan and du­ties with the wed­ding party Set­tle all fi­nal bal­ances Col­lect any hired items Pick up your wed­ding dress

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