Every wedding is completely unique, but the one thing they all have in common is the need to plan. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by everything that may need thinking about throughout your wedding planning journey, so I’ve written a comprehensive list, which will hopefully help (and some pictures for inspiration too). Not everything is applicable for everyone, so please feel free to ignore as you wish!
You'll notice that wedding planning naturally has busy spells as well as quiet periods where you wonder what you should be doing (usually nothing, don't panic). While I felt like it was one of the most exciting times, it can be stressful and so it's important to remember to try and enjoy it. The time will fly by so take it all in and don't rush into making any decisions (and if the stress overrides the enjoyment then seriously think about letting a wedding planner step in).
It’s also important to note that while this list is designed for those that have a year or more to plan, it is totally possible to arrange a spectacular wedding in a much shorter space of time – I’ve been part of weddings that were planned in as short as three weeks!
As Soon As Possible
Book Your Venue
Before looking at venues though, it's a good idea to have a think about your budget. This is usually one of your biggest costs so you need to make sure it's affordable. You should also have a rough idea of which guests you'd like to invite as not only will this dramatically affect the cost, you also need to know that your venue can accommodate them.
Book Your Wedding Officiant
You need to make sure someone is available that can legally marry you! Registrars typically can't be booked until a year in advance, but many will let you pencil a date in their diary.
Get Yourself Some Wedding Insurance
This is easier said than done in the current covid world, but when you can, I seriously recommend wedding insurance. It won't cover you if you change your mind, but does cover a range of other unforeseen circumstances.
A Year To Go!
Choose a fabulous wedding photographer (hint, hint)
Get yourself the most gorgeous dress/outfit
Choose your dream team, aka The Bridal Party
Consider hiring a wedding planner
Book a videographer if you're thinking of having one
Choose your wedding theme/style/colours
Send out save the dates
Arrange bridal party outfits
Book Your Essential Suppliers
* Transport * Florist * Cake Maker * Honeymoon * Caterers * Wedding Rings * DJ *
* Wedding Night Accomodation * Venue decoration * Wedding Shoes & accessories *
* Stationery - invites, table plan, menus, place settings, order of service, table names *
* Plan your honeymoon * Check passports are in date (you can travel under your maiden name as long as bookings are made in that name) * Check if you'll need travel vaccinations *