You’re engaged! Congratulations! Now it’s time to start preparing for the big day. But where to start? Weddings are the kind of event that requires a lot of very detailed planning so why not take a look at our bridal calendar to get an idea of how you could kick start your planning process?
12 months before
There are probably plenty of couples out there who think planning your wedding over the course of a year is excessive, but as with most things, you can guarantee that the big day will come around much more quickly than you anticipate. After all, if you want it to be perfect with all your nearest and dearest able to attend, then planning it all about a year in advance is a good way to go!
The first thing to get thinking about is the date, or a couple of potential dates to give yourselves some leeway. Keep in mind the fact that your dream venue may well be booked for that date already, so you must either be flexible or be prepared to have a rethink. Once you’ve got the date sorted, then you can begin to have a think about the other details, but remember to let your guests know as soon as possible!
With this in mind, it’s also a good idea to draw up a rough list of all the guests you would like to invite, to give yourselves a realistic estimate of the size of venue that you are going to need. Knowing your number of guests will also allow you to gauge an idea of how big your budget is going to need to be.
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Once you’ve got all this sorted, it’s time to get thinking about where you would like to hold the reception. Also don’t forget to discuss your budget with the venue as this will help rule out the possibility of overspending or finding yourself being saddled with unwanted expenses.
10 months before
By the time you have ten months to go before your wedding day, you should really have a good idea of the type of wedding you would like to have, including ideas on a theme, if you plan to have one, as well as decorations and how you would like the reception to work. For example, are you going to have a sit-down meal or will it just be drinks and a buffet? Now’s the time to decide.
It’s also not a bad idea to start looking for the bridesmaids dresses too – given that you might have to find a few (depending on the number of bridesmaids you choose to have) there’s no harm in beginning the search early on. It also gives you time to really work out what you do and don’t like, meaning that you’ve got a much better chance of ending up with a set of dresses that you all love! Of course if the boys want to start thinking about their suits then by all means encourage them, although there is obviously less scope for different types of suit, so there’s less urgency in their case.
Another thing to think about is how you are going to organize the wedding presents you receive. For example are you going to organize a wedding list with a certain department store or even create a wedding list with us at Zankyou, or would you rather wait and see what your guests come up with themselves?
8 months before
Eight months before your big day is the time to start thinking about some of the details such as the kind of flower arrangements you would like and where you are planning to source them from. Now is also the time to decide what sort of menu you would like for your meal, if you choose to have one. You might also want to give a bit of thought to your seating plan, and any little surprises you might be planning for your guests. Get booking things in advance to avoid disappointment!
Now is also the perfect time to get chatting to photographers to find out a bit more about how they work and the kinds of services they can offer. It’s worth doing the research now to make sure that you end up with the right professionals for your big day!