Your wedding day should be the most wonderful day of your life, but getting there can be a challenge. With such a huge onus on one day, the pressure can be a little daunting.
However it doesn’t have to be this way. We have devised the ‘Ultimate Bridal Check List’, which should help you focus on the key aspects of planning to avoid feeling overwhelmed, so that you can enjoy your day without worry.
Set a date
It may sound obvious, but deciding on a date can be quite taxing in itself. Getting it confirmed is a milestone and gives you a goal to work towards.
Set a budget and make sure to allow for some unexpected expenses too.
Book the venue
Think carefully about the type of wedding you want – church or civil service? Intimate or extravagant? Find a venue that caters for your needs. Perhaps a castle or a country house to make your day extra special? Landed Houses has some amazing venues where you can hire some amazing houses for your special day.
Wedding guest lists can be a minefield. Make sure you and your partner sit down together and plan the guest list to get an idea of numbers.
Choose your Bridesmaids and why not ask if they can help with some of the preparations too – organising the hen do or help with decorations for the venue.
Once you have a date, venue and guest list you can start letting people know about it. If you have time, send a ‘save the date’ card or email to avoid people getting double booked. Make sure you have a way to keep up with responses. Spreadsheets work well for this, and using one can also help you work out the cost once the responses are in.
If you’re looking for a photographer, then you’ll have to find one fairly quickly. Wedding photographers tend to get booked up quickly, especially for summer weddings. The right one should be one who listens to you, has ideas of their own, and is happy to have a pre-wedding discussion. Some even throw in an engagement shoot to ensure that you’re used to working together for the good of your photos.
As one of the most important dresses of your life make sure you shop around and find the style that suits you. Give yourself plenty of time and allow for fittings before the big day. Also don’t forget wedding shoes and accessories to finish the look!
Flowers and Decorations
Decide on your theme and book a florist to make your bouquets, buttonholes and table decorations.
Indulge yourself with some cake tasting to help decide on the type and style you like best. Part of the fun of planning your wedding is trying things out, and you’ll be amazed at how many different flavours and types of cake there are.
Whether you want a band or a DJ, it’s best to research and book as far in advance as you can to avoid disappointment. Ask friends for recommendations so you know what you’re getting. Some bands or singers will even tell you where they’re performing prior to your wedding so you can pop by and see them in action.
The Hen do
Let your bridesmaids know what you do and don’t want for the hen do and leave them to plan away – it’s one less thing for you to think about.
Make sure you include what you want as presents in your invitations, whether it’s a traditional wedding list or monetary donations for the honeymoon!
Thank you cards
Once the wedding and honeymoon are over, you’ll need thank you cards for the guests that attended and/or sent gifts. People really appreciate these, and they don’t take long to do.
Ticking off each item on your list will be certain to give you a thrill as you’ll be one step closer to your very special day. Have fun planning!