How I Would Plan A Wedding In Just 10 Months
How I Would Plan A Wedding In Just 10 Months
Weddings take a lot of planning and organising. It’s a huge event, and taking it on to manage yourself is a very brave thing to do. Wedding planners are very experienced in all aspects of wedding planning. Most of us are not. That means we come up against problems, we could easily become stumped and not know what to do.
However, wedding planners are expensive, and lots of us usually have a budget in mind when it comes to our wedding. Planning your own wedding is a good way to save money but it is hard work. You need time, energy, and great organisation skills. Here’s how I would plan a wedding in just ten months:
Month 1 – The first thing you need to do is to find a venue. For a religious ceremony, you will also need to find a separate reception venue. Try to visit two or three places that you both really like. The bride and groom both need to agree on the place. Think about catering, and whether there will be an extra charge for setting up a dance floor and music. When it’s booked, you’ll need to pay a deposit.
Month 2 – You need to register your intention to marry. This is done at your local government office usually. Sometimes known as the Wedding Banns, your intention to marry needs to be publicly announced. There is a charge for this for both the bride and groom. In some places, it is necessary to register in your town of residence, and in the town you choose to marry. The Banns can sometimes be left until just three weeks before the wedding.
Month 3 – Meeting your celebrant for the first time can sometimes be quite nerve wracking. Lots of questions will be asked, and you’ll probably commit to the booking and type of celebration. There may be an additional charge here on top of the wedding venue. You will also need to get your wedding invitations sent out now you have all the dates booked in. I like the thought of vintage wedding invites by Paper Themes and other stationers. They seem so romantic.
Month 4 – It’s time to pick out a wedding dress and book the dressmaker to alter it for you. It can take a long time to find that perfect dress, so pencil in a few weekends and appointments in your diary this month. A deposit is usually required for both the dress and the tailoring. Now is also a good time to pick out your shoes and bridal accessories.
Month 5 – You’re over half way now, and it’s a good time to book the honeymoon. Some newlyweds are given the honeymoon by parents or family as a wedding gift. If you are going somewhere exotic you may need some vaccinations, so check those out too. Pick up your travelling luggage too, and make sure your passport is in date. If you are taking your husband’s name, contact your passport office about making this change.
Don’t forget to book the wedding car too. You’ll need picking up from home and taking to the ceremony. You may then travel to a reception venue. Think about if you’ll want the same car to take you to your wedding night accommodation too.
Month 6 – Menus and sampling should be your priority. By now, all your RSVPs should be in so you can book the caterer and commit to a buffet or sit-down meal. Choose your table wines too, and make sure there are alternatives available for guests on special diets. You will also need to book your wedding flowers. Some florists can offer you a package deal. This would include the bouquets, garlands, centrepieces and button holes. Visit a couple and browse through their portfolios before you make a decision. You will need pay a deposit at this point too.
Month 7 – Music is in the air this month. Your celebrant and the venues may be checking in with you about your choices. You will want some music to seat everybody at the church or ceremony. You will want to have a special piece of music to walk down the aisle to. As a newly married couple, you may want to have an upbeat number to accompany you out of the ceremony. Finally, you need to pick your First Dance music too. This could be a special song that mean something to you both.
Month 8 – The wedding cake should be started now if you have chosen a fruit cake. To save money, many brides ask their family to bake the cake or even do it themselves. If you are ordering from a bakery, this is the month to secure your booking and pay your deposit. If you haven’t already secured your live music artists, now is the time to book them in too. Book your hairstylist and makeup artist this month if you are using one.
Month 9 – It’s best to make sure your dress is ready and try it all on a month early just in case further alterations are necessary. You’ll be needing to book your time off work for the wedding and honeymoon too. Check in with the groom’s family to ensure the wedding outfits are ready for everyone. If you have a wedding rehearsal, make sure everyone is invited and able to make it. Check in with your venues again, and confirm the bookings are still safe. You will want to organise some decorations so find out what time you can have access on the morning of your wedding. You will want to organise some decorations so find out what time you can have access on the morning of your wedding.
Month 10 – The nerves may have set in, and you may even have a quarrel or two with the groom to be. This is all perfectly normal. It’s time to organise those last minute things. Most of them occur on the morning of the wedding or the night before. Bridesmaids need to start helping now. Someone will have to collect all the flowers before the florist closes the day before the wedding. The cake will need to be taken to the venue too. Decorating the venue will need to be done first thing in the morning.
The last month is hectic for you. Your hen do should be organised by a bridesmaid. Delegate what you can, but don’t be afraid to speak up for what you want. Here’s to a stress-free wedding.