It’s time to attend your first dress fitting – be ready for tears! It’s worth taking the person/people who will be responsible for helping you in your dress on the day (for some people it’s their mum, for others it’s their ‘maids) so that the seamstress can demonstrate how to tie any bustles or the best method to lace/button the gown and so forth.
2. Start your table plan
You should have received all of your RSVPs by now so that you can make your table plan. Trust me, it will take longer than you think! You can either mix sides of the family on each table or keep groups to their nearest and dearest so that they can have a good catch up. Either way, my top tip is to make sure you put children and babies near the exit - this way they can get in and out easily!
3. Confirm your bookings
Ensure you reconfirm all suppliers and vendor bookings. This includes arranging timings for the big day and a point of contact for them to liaise with. My top tip is to delegate the point of contact so that you’re not being hassled on your day, so this is where you call upon your maids or groomsmen to manage suppliers if you are not using a planner.
4. Make a list of group shots
If you have chosen a photographer to do group shots, now’s the time to make a list of which shots you are looking for. It may be super quick immediate families only, it may also be grooms party and bridal party, or it may be more extensive to incorporate most of the wedding guests. It’s super important this is made clear and agreed with the photographer in advance so that your loved ones are captured and these precious mementos aren’t spoilt by missing key people.
5. Create your timeline
Create a timeline of the day and distribute this to key people, including the point of contact at the venue (usually a wedding co-ordinator), your photographer, your maid of honour, best man, and anyone else who may be responsible for ensuring the day runs to plan.
6. Pick your playlists
Whether it’s a DJ, band or musician, browse their repertoire and identify key songs you want them to play. If applicable for the ceremony, ensure you have a list of songs ready for interludes and supply the CDs or MP3s ready for the venue to play for you.
7. Finalise any wedding party gifts
If you’re choosing to buy wedding party gifts, now is a good time to tick this off your list. I recommend something tangible that can be cherished for a long time after the wedding – jewellery is always a winner! Think bracelets, cufflinks, earrings, tie clips or necklaces.
8. Confirm your speeches
Identify who wants to perform a speech, ensure they have it written and preferably rehearsed! This is for the simple fact that it will help to reduce nerves on the day. Furthermore, if they can rehearse it in front of someone else, they will be able to give pointers and ‘sense-check’ the content (*ahem Best Man Speech!*).