How To Plan A Wedding Like A True Pro
by BRENDA L. / APR 25, 2023
Reading Time: 15 Minutes
Imagining your special day is all fun and games, but planning a wedding isn’t an easy task – and, quite commonly, lots of brides-to-be get a little overwhelmed, especially if they don’t have the budget to hire a wedding planner. But don’t worry – I have carefully curated this blog for you to get inspired, plan things in a timely manner, and most importantly: have fun whilst doing it! So what are you waiting for? Get your journal ready and follow this plan to achieve the wedding of your dreams.
One Year Before
Planning a wedding is a long process, and the waiting list for reception locations, venues, religious/cultural locations and restaurants can be incredibly long. So much so that, in most cases, the planning process starts to take place a whole year before the actual wedding date! Depending on the season you’d like to get married in and the above listed factors, the wait can even be longer than a year. Let’s have a look at the first steps to move towards your end goal:
Nine Months Before
You’ve successfully set up a budget, you’ve decided who’s going to be invited to your wedding, you booked the venue of your dreams – and now, what?
Nine months before your wedding seems like you still have plenty of time ahead, but the truth is that there is still a lot to organise, and many of the professionals you may need to work with require six or more months to guarantee their services on your big day. Let’s have a look at what you can start working on around nine months before your wedding day!
Eight Months Before
As you ease your way through your own wedding timeline, things get exciting by the day. But you’ll find out soon enough, time flies – especially when you’re having fun! Eight to seven months before your wedding, you can start focusing on more practical matters.
Six Months Before
Where did time go? Before you could even realise it, you’re halfway through the year and your wedding is only six months away. OMG. I know, right? And guess what – there’s still lots to do in order to achieve the big day of your dreams.
Four Months Before
Can you believe you’re going to get married in just over 100 days? It sounds crazy, I know (in the nicest way possible, of course!). Let’s finalize some more details in order to achieve the perfect wedding day without any preoccupations.
Three Months Before
Yes, your wedding day is three months away. And by now, you can probably sit back and relax (as much as you are able to), because guess what? All the big things are pretty much already done. You’ve finalized your look, including hair and makeup; your dress fits perfectly – although you may want to try it on one more time! – your venue is booked and paid for, your playlist is all sorted out, and the menu makes you daydream on a daily basis. So what’s next?
One Month Before
Thirty days to go. Keep calm, take a deep breath. What’s left to organise? Well, at this point in time – unless you’re dealing with some last minute change – there are small details to finalize and you’re good to go. Let’s see them together.
Two Weeks Before
The fourteen days preceding your wedding day can get a little chaotic but keep calm and carry on – you’re almost done. Book all the beauty appointments you may need before your wedding day, keeping in mind any down-time needed; a facial, waxing, a pedicure, your manicure, a tanning session… All of this needs to be done a few days before your wedding.
A Week Before
Now it’s time to make sure everyone is on the same page. Finalize any discussion you have to carry with your wedding party, send a friendly reminder to your guests, and if your workplace allows it, take a few days off. If after booking your honeymoon you still have some annual leave allowance, make sure you book two or three days off to complete anything that is pending on your tasklist, including welcome bags, picking up the rings, rehearse your vows, and confirming arrival time of your beauty team.
A Day Before
You’re getting married! TOMORROW! How exciting!!! This is your last chance to make sure everything has been taken care of – double check, actually triple check your task list and confirm anything outstanding with transportation services, photographers and whatnot. And if you haven’t already, make sure you get a mani-pedi! Last but not least, get ahead of schedule and prepare any snacks you may need whilst getting ready in the morning.
The Day Of
Well, this is it – isn’t it? You’re getting married today, holy moly. Naturally you’ll have butterflies in your stomach and you may feel overwhelmed with lots of incredible emotions, but it’s important that you stay calm and keep cool! Enjoy every single minute of your special day, starting from a healthy breakfast that will keep you going whilst hair stylists and make-up artists take care of you. Get all the help you may need with your dress, and – friendly suggestion – leave the shoes as last detail. Stay hydrated, and most importantly: have fun!