Wedding Countdown From 1 Year To 1 Day

From the moment you put that gorgeous diamond on your finger, the countdown to your wedding begins. It can be done quickly, but most couples prefer to take their time to plan the perfect occasion to celebrate their marriage. Most weddings are in two parts. You have the ceremony to complete the legal part of marrying. Then there is a huge celebration afterward. Your reception could be the biggest party of your lives, so you want it to be incredible. It can typically take about a year to plan for a wedding, so here is the countdown of what you need to do:

1 Year To Go

Now could be a good time to announce your engagement. Parents and family are typically told in person. You could also make a more general announcement using social media. Some families still like to make announcements using the local press too. Of course, most people will already be asking which date you’ve chosen for your wedding. That’s the next thing to secure!

11 Months To Go

By now you should have shortlisted two or three venues for your ceremony and reception. Make sure you visit them all. You’ll know in your heart if they are the right place for you. Availability is always limited so chances are your wedding date will be determined by that.  Once you have booked, you’ll be asked for a substantial deposit. Once that is paid, your wedding date will be confirmed!

10 Months To Go

You may already be browsing through the wedding mags. You might have a huge scrapbook of ideas about wedding styles, honeymoons, and vows. The pressure may be on to try and slim down, but there is rarely any real need. You will look stunning in your wedding dress no matter what size you are! Now is a good time to get your wedding planner up to date. There is a lot to achieve. This will help you determine your budget, and where you can make some

savings.

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9 Months To Go

It’s time to start booking those essential wedding services. Your celebrant will need to be confirmed. Some request that you complete all the paperwork for your bands or license to marry now. Religious ceremonies may have other things you need to do before they can agree to your ceremony of marriage. It’s best to check the details now while there is still time to make changes.

8 Months To Go

Photographers can get booked up quickly. So can limousine companies. Weekends are notoriously busy, so book these early to avoid disappointment. You can also book your cake and your flowers if you know what color themes you’re looking for. Chances are you have already booked the honeymoon. Make sure your jabs are up to date, and Visas are confirmed. If you are changing your name, check with your local passport office what you need to do.

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7 Months To Go

Now it’s time for the finer details. Wedding stationery can be ordered quickly and easily online. You can usually add some personal touches to give recipients a teaser about your wedding style. Dress shopping is essential for a wedding. Starting this early gives you plenty of time to enjoy browsing. Once you’ve found the perfect dress, it will take several weeks to complete all the alterations. The same goes for your bridesmaid dresses.

6 Months To Go

By now you may both be getting quite nervous. Perhaps it’s time to confirm the menu? As the wedding invitations are RSVPd, you can confirm the numbers for your event. If you’re booking musicians or DJs, now is a good time to secure your favorite choices. You may even put together a playlist. Have you decided on your First Dance song yet?

3 Months To Go

If one or both of you are moving house when you marry, it could be time to start searching for that perfect first home together. Funding this and the wedding could be tough so be sure to speak to your parents before getting into dire financial straits. Have you ordered your wedding rings yet? If you want them engraved, you need to order that as soon as possible.

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6 Weeks To Go

Revisit each of your venues and each of your suppliers. This will confirm the bookings are still going ahead and will allow you just enough time to add any finer details to your plan. Make sure your celebrant has checked in to confirm any rehearsals or other paperwork that may be needed. By now you should be checking off most of the things on your planner list. Put in your notice at your flat if you’ll be moving, and secure your new accommodation.

4 Weeks To Go

Book in your hair and makeup sessions. You’ll also need a final fitting for your wedding dress in the next week or so. Chase up any guests that you haven’t heard from in a while. Has everyone got accommodation sorted out? Who will be decorating your venues on the day? And do the bridesmaids have their dresses organized? Lots to do now and the pressure is on! Put in your notice at work for the honeymoon leave.

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2 Weeks To Go

This is the scariest part of the whole wedding! You may be worried about things going wrong or getting lost. By now you’ve probably done all you can do for your wedding. It’s time to relinquish the reins to your family and friends. They’ll need to arrange to pick up the rings, flowers, and dress. They will also need to make sure the venue is decorated on the day. It’s rare to get access more than a couple of hours before the event, so someone else will have to do it. Are your vows written?

1 Day To Go

On your last day of single life, you may be worried and flustered, but you can also enjoy what’s about to happen. Your hen do may be over, but that shouldn’t stop you taking a spa day and relaxing. After all, tomorrow will be the most incredible day of your life. Congratulations.

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