Don’t know where to start? Feeling overwhelmed by when to do what?
Alyssa Ho, wedding planner, stylist and designer at Giant Wedding Invitations has all the advice you need for Wedding Planning made easy.
12 months until the big day
Pin down your partner and write a list of your priorities for the day, and which you would consider being ‘extras’ if budget allows. It helps to look at bridal magazines and idea boards such as Pinterest to get an idea of the wedding style that suits you perfectly.
The venue will set the tone for your whole wedding and this will need to be secured well in advance. Once you secure the venue it is often worthwhile to send out a save the date, to ensure that everyone will be able to make it. Decide on a menu and book a caterer, remembering to include the all-important cake! It’s also a time to decide who you want to be a part of the bridal party, and consider if you want bridesmaids.
8 months until W-DAY
8 months to go, it’s time to round up your mum, sister or best friend and shop for a wedding dress. Whether you choose something timeless and classic, or modern and funky make sure you leave enough time for dressmaker fittings. Decide upon your colour scheme and if you’re having bridesmaids, match up the dresses to the scheme, or complementary colours to create a fabulous photo album, and tie in the floristry, invites, cake and décor. Make-up and hair are so important, make sure you design your hair and makeup concept with your chosen professional and have a few trials so you can be sure you are happy with it.
Secure the florist, photographer, colour scheme and entertainment.
4 months to go
Make sure your wedding invitations are ordered and sent out. Create a spreadsheet of guests and how they have responded so that you can keep track of numbers. Make sure that your invite represents the style of your wedding, as this sets the tone of the day and helps guests to know the dress code.
Please keep in mind, bookings for your transport in between venues may need to be done up to four months before the wedding, but at this point, you should be finalising the booking confirmation. Go wild on your plans for table settings and how you want your wedding dinner to look. Whatever your personal style, rustic, classic or modern, flowers and candles are always a good idea and go a long way in creating ambience.
6 weeks-it’s really happening!
Use this precious time to check guest details and to confirm your bookings with all suppliers. Pin down responsible members of your bridal party and give them specific tasks so that you will not be dealing with things on the day. Have a running sheet of the day that you can pass to your bridal party or close family members with timings and important phone numbers, such as that of the wedding car driver! We suggest preparing a master brief for all suppliers with the contact details of a member of your bridal party and brief the chosen member of the bridal party in plenty of time. Don’t forget to let your hair down for some well-deserved celebrations too.
2 weeks to go
Time to bring together all the small things for the big day. Finalise who’s sitting next to who and pass the final numbers onto the venue and caterers to ensure everyone is accommodated for. Spend this time running around picking up any special orders and packing the gifts for your bridal party.
2 days to go
Treat yourself to a fresh manicure and pedicure and a spray tan if you want that extra glow (allowing it time to settle so it doesn’t stain your dress.) Your bridal party needs to have your back and bring along essentials such as perfume and your chosen lipstick for a touch up throughout the day. Lastly, beauty sleep.