We’ve reached the middle of your planning journey…
It’s been said that planning a wedding is rather like a running marathon. By now, you may be starting to agree.
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with how much needs to be done, don’t panic - you’ve got this! My three-part ultimate countdown planner is to help you pace yourself and ensure you are reaching milestones in good time.
In this second instalment, I share my top tips on when to get key components finalised before starting to move on to your finishing touches. So grab a cuppa - or even a glass of fizz - and enjoy!
6 months to go
Your half way check-point
It’s time to start shopping! You can either have your maids in all in the same style, or lots of designers now do ‘mix-and-match’, which usually ensures all sizes, shapes and insecurities are catered for. If you have a big bride squad, this can be ideal!
It’s time to get the groomsmen suited and booted! If the bride has a clear vision, she may want to be part of this process. If the bride is a little more relaxed (and trusting) then the grooms-party can take charge. If the grooms party are sourcing their own suits, just give clear instructions on material style, colour and any ‘no-nos’.
Following on from your Save the Dates, now’s the time to send your full invitations. Don’t forget to include on your RSVP space for people to write their names (you’ll be surprised how many can come back without a name on otherwise!) and any dietary requirements so that you can inform the caterer.
This stunning acrylic invite was created by Margo&Bees.
If you didn’t do this at the time of buying your dress, now’s the time to source your veil, jewellery and any other accessories you may wish to have. You may also want to consider having the option of a different bolero, jewellery or statement accessory for the evening, which can give a completely different look and the feel of two outfits for price of one!
Image credit: Blush Secret Garden Sweep Demi Halo by Emmy London
It’s time to look at transportation, make a logistics plan and make any necessary bookings. Not only is it about arriving in style (if sports cars, vintage cars or horse and carriages are your cup of tea), but logistically you may want to plan parents’, bridal-party and grooms-party travel too. This isn’t necessarily about booking additional suppliers, rather it’s to ensure there are drivers delegated where needed.
5-3 months to go
The Countdown Begins
Perhaps the most important component of the day, the reason everything else takes place, it’s time to meet your celebrant or registrar to confirm the details of your ceremony. From vows to readings, hymns to songs, enjoy deciding the words and music that represents your unique love story.
Stage two of something yummy! If this hasn’t taken place during the venue booking process, or if you’re planning to use an external catering company, now’s the time to book your food tasting.
It’s tricky but try to strike a balance between what reflects you as a couple and what’s universally enjoyed. You may dream of a sushi canapes, but food is often a huge portion of your budget, so you want to make sure as many people are going to enjoy the food and there’s the least amount of wastage as possible.
Now the main logistics are in place, it’s time to revisit your mood board to enjoy planning the finer details. Source venue decorations or tablescape touches that are enthused with your personalities and in line with your overall wedding theme. Whether its coloured linen, glamourous props, beautiful crockery or extravagant balloons, take pleasure in sourcing your finishing touches!
Following on from the above, now’s the time to source wedding favours. This can be a continuation from your wedding theme. For example, for a theme based on travel you could have fun with personalised luggage tags? Or for a wedding that you anticipate will party into the night, it could be a bit of hearty sustenance such as miniature doughnuts to keep your guests going? Pinterest is a great place to look for ideas to begin with, then decide if you want to DIY or hire a supplier to help.
Who doesn’t love a miniature jam? You can easily replicate this image with homemade pots or source directly from SuzanneOddyDesign.
Ensure you have a reputable seamstress in place for your fittings and dress alterations. Some shops or boutiques have an inhouse seamstress, but others don’t offer this service, so it’s important you have this booked with plenty of time to make the correct adjustments to your special gown.
It’s essential you have these ready for your first dress fitting to ensure all alterations are tailored to how high your heels are and what kind or bra you’ll be wearing. If you have a snug fitting gown, you may need to go practical on the underwear which isn’t always the prettiest, so you may want to consider a change for afterwards if you want to feel more glam!
With your other half, take the day to go wedding ring shopping. Matching or different, there aren’t any rules on what you should have. Some engagement ring designs have matching bands which can make the decision easy for the bride. One thing to consider is the property of the metal you choose, such whether they can be easily resized in future, which is much better for platinum rings rather than white gold.
Liaise with your stationer to create your on-the-day designs. From menus to place cards, order-of-services to dance-floor signs, if you’re working with the same stationer as your invitations, opting to have the same graphic style will help your guests recognise your theme.
I hope you’ve enjoyed part two of my ultimate countdown planner. In my next instalment, I'll be covering the final months and days before your special day!
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