Plan The Perfect Wedding
Plan the perfect wedding.
Did you know that 30 per cent of proposals happen on Valentines day? If you got engaged last Saturday your probably thinking about making all your plans! Heres your guide to planning the perfect wedding from the proposal to the “I do”.
12 to 18 months before the wedding
Set a realistic budget. I know this sounds tedious and none of us really want to start off the happy journey with some number crunching but unless you want to start married life in debt you need to nail down a budget for your entire wedding before you start booking things. When you’ve figured out what your budget is break down your whole wedding into sections, the venue, the entertainment, the dress, the bridal party, photography etc and allocate a specific amount of money to each section.
Set the date. Now that the boring part is over its time to enjoy planning your wedding. Start looking at possible venues and locations for your ceremony and reception and think about what time of the year you would like to get married.
The wedding party. Its time for you to decide who you want to play a special role in your wedding. That means picking your bridesmaids and groomsmen.
10 to 12 months before the wedding
Start booking. You will have seen by now how far in advance you need to book wedding venues. If you haven’t picked one by now its time to make a decision and put down your deposit. Photographers, videographers, ceremony musicians and bands also book up quickly so its time to decide what way you want to remember your big day and who you want to entertain you for the night. If you are thinking of getting a wedding video check out Marryokes here.
8 to 10 months before the wedding
Say yes to the dress. 8 months before your wedding is D-Day for ordering your dress. You can find a full guide to shopping for your wedding dress here.
5 to 8 months before the wedding
The guest list. Start to prepare the guestlist for your wedding. Whatever you do don’t invite more people than your venue can hold! Its also time to source wedding invitations.
The maids. Its time to start searching for your bridesmaids dresses. Like your wedding dress they will need alterations so allow plenty of time. Their colour also dictates a lot of your wedding from flowers to invitation colours even the grooms and groomsmens suits.
Get suited and booted. Speaking of the groom and groomsmen its time to start looking at suits for them.
The bouquet. Now that you’ve decided on your colours its time to start talking to your florist about flowers for you and the bridesmaids. Don’t forget the venues for the ceremony and reception will also need flowers plus any extras like candles, red carpet, a guestbook that you want to make it extra special.
The cake. Its time to order your wedding cake so that means start sampling all the yummy cakes you can have on the day!
4 to 5 months before the wedding
Honeymoon! Begin making preparations for your honeymoon. Booking early may mean you can get a good deal. Just make sure your passports are in date!
The legal part. Under Irish law you are required to give the State 3 months notice wheter you are having a civil or religious ceremony so arrange this now. If it is a religious ceremony its probably time to look about your pre-marriage course too.
2- 4 months before the wedding
The little ones. If you are having flowergirls or pageboys its time to get them decked out now.
Transport. Don’t forget you have to get to and from the chapel.
The invites. Generally your invites go out 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding.
1 month before the wedding
Finishing touches. Have your dress fitting and your bridesmaids dress fittings for any alterations that need to be made. If you want a hoop veil or headpiece its time to decide now. Have your hair and make up trials done so you can decide on your look for the day.
1 week before the wedding
Last minute preparations. Confirm your seating arrangements. Enjoy your wedding rehearsal and pack your bags for your wedding night and your honeymoon.
The day before
Go over your list of things to do. Make sure everythings under control. Pack a wedding day emergency kit with safety pins, needle and thread, deodorant, extra hair pins and anything else you might need. Delegate any last minute extras to those you trust they’ll be happy to help. Make sure the best man has the ring and enjoy your night with your bridesmaids, family and friends!
The big day!
Relax. Enjoy. It will be everything you wanted it to be and more.
By Zita Kelly
Writer, stylist and blogger at ZeeRailed