Wedding Planning 101

8:30 am

So while I know a lot of you want to know about my dress and the flowers and all that fun stuff, however I haven't locked in or even discussed a lot of those arrangements yet. I thought it was only appropriate that I share my wedding planning plan. Wow, that's a mouthful. Today I am essentially going to share what we need to accomplish with each month leading up to the wedding. At the end of the post you will also find a Wedding Checklist PDF which you can download and use in your wedding planning!
 



12 Months +

So you're engaged! Congratulations!! First things first is to let everyone know. For my partner and I, it was important that all our close friends and family knew first. We made all the phone calls, and let everyone know before we posted it on social media. Decide on your bridal party, and ask them. If you want some suggestions on How to Propose to your Bridesmaids, make sure to check out my blog post!


This is when all the planning starts, when you want to jump straight in and basically organise everything all at once! 12 months out is the time to research! Decide on a time of year and date if you can. Then you can start to draft a guest list. This guest list will be huge, and at some stage, along the line you will have to be brutal and cut back, but just start with who ever you think needs to be on the list for now. It is also important to let overseas guests know around about now, they need time to plan if they are going to be able to make it or not!


Buy ALL the magazines, Start creating your Pinterest or vision boards. Whatever works for you - digital or hard copy - now is the time to cut out those magazine photos, and pin all those beautiful wedding dresses you've had your eye on. Go for it girl!


6 - 9 Months

This period of time is where you basically want to decide on and book everything. With the Pinterest boards you created you can now meet with florists, try on dresses and meet with your other vendors. Bear in mind if you are getting a dress made, it can take up to 6 months, and you want at least two months for fittings.

It's time to also go back and revisit that guest list and cull. You need to bear in mind how many people can fit in the venue space, and your budget for catering per head. Once you've finalised the list you can send out the Save the Dates.


Start researching and brainstorming for your honeymoon as well, don't forget to renew your passport if you are planning on going overseas.

 

4 Months

Guess what! It is time to move on to some of the smaller aspects, like the stationary, bridal party gifts and bridesmaids outfits. Take your bridesmaids out for a day of shopping and trying on dresses and just general fun! 

If you are wanting to do dance lessons, start looking to them around now as well so you have plenty of time to remember the moves! If you are also interested in Pre-Marriage Counselling, now is a good time for that as well. Not sure about Pre-Marriage Counselling? I may potentially do a post about this in the future.

Also, start collecting addresses of your guests as well, so you know where to post the invitations to.


2-3 Months

Time to post out the final invitations! I hope you finalised your guest list earlier on, and managed to find all the addresses, because now is the time to send them out to all your guests.

Don't forget your wedding legalities too - change of name requirements, marriage licenses. Check that everything is ready to go before it gets to the wedding and you realised you forgot it all. Have a chat with your celebrant for what legal requirements you need to look in to before the wedding. There will be some slightly different requirements for different religious weddings.

1 Month

You are so close! In the last month you want to confirm all your of your books and make any last minute changes you need to make. You will want to reconfirm everything a week or two out from the wedding as well (to be sure to be sure!), especially if you've made any changes, you will want to confirm these again at least two weeks out from the big day.


Time to go around a pick everything up - rings, dresses, accessories, absolutely everything. If you're like me you'll want to create a list and allocate people to pick up certain things. Make sure you provide a contact for your vendors so they know who to contact on the big day, because you won't want to worry about any of that on the wedding day. Organise to have a run through with the bridal party, and make sure the speeches are all ready to go.

Post-Wedding

Well that's it! The big day is done, and you're off on your fabulous honeymoon. Once you get back, don't forget to post out Thank You cards, notify any authorities of change of name. And last but not least, live Happily Ever After.




 

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15 comments

  1. Great plan! I was not organised when planning mine. I did everything out of order and it made it so much stressful lol

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  2. Planning is my cup of tea. I love being organised!

    Sharni // www.agirlandgrey.com

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  3. This is amazing checklist. My friend is getting married in August and she got this beautiful wedding planner and she said she couldn't lived without it. It's a huge help.

    Michelle Morchella

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  4. I hope I'm on your guest list...

    Haha, great post lovely. Way to get other people inspired to do some planning!

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    1. Absolutely ;) As long as your bring some of your dad's Chambord ;) xx

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  5. What a great plan, I admire how organised you are! Hubby and I got married in a park in jeans with strangers as witnesses so we did zero planning, haha.

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  6. Loved your post! So helpful while planning our wedding. Looks like I'm ahead of schedule!

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  7. Wish I read this when I was wedding planning a few years ago :)

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  8. Great tips ! I need to start planning mine! I bought the Kikki K folder its empty haha

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  9. Look at you all organised! I can't to see more about the big day!

    Rochelle || www.simplesocialsister.com

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  10. What a cute checklist! A good friend of mine is getting married and I am a bridesmaid and honestly I think that'll be enough stress and marriage fun for me for a while haha xx

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  11. My best friend is getting married in November, so reading this has brought back all her talk about it and made me so excited to her again - also love that you included the planner.

    Amy // www.thenoiseinwonderland.com

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  12. Such a great plan, you'll have such a stress free day knowing you've sorted everything beforehand.

    Maddie | www.maddiesbeautyspot.com

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  13. Wedding planning sounds like a massive headache to me.

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