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.
2. Complete your food tasting
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.
3. Plan your finishing touches
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!
4. Wedding favours
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.
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.
6. It’s time to find your wedding shoes and lingerie
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!
7. Choose your rings
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.
8. Finalise your stationery
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.