Wedding Planning Checklist
Planning a wedding is both exciting and daunting, so we’ve devised this wedding planning checklist to help you keep track of tasks in a relevant timescale and to highlight the benefits of having an AC wedding planner. The AC can manage anything, from being your caterer to planning the whole wedding. Tasks we can help with are in bold italics – you may notice that most of the fun things are still up to you!
12 months (or more) before
First of all, set a budget – make a list and prioritise everything that’s important to you
Decide on the style of ceremony – If you want a church wedding there are quite a few things to consider. This site is a great source of information about Church weddings or try this for details of marriages and civil partnerships.
Decide on a rough date and think about a venue. We can do a venue search for you and reserve the venue
Start getting wedding dress ideas – it can take 6 months to get from the designer/shop
Generally, we find that the bride tends to handle most of the project managing, but it’s a great idea to agree on a couple of tasks for the groom to oversee. Music and wine are usually good bets.
11-9 months before
Visit www.ac-weddings.co.uk and speak to us for design, food and venue ideas
Arrange site visits and confirm your venue
Book a church or wedding officiant
Read magazines, use websites and Pinterest and go to wedding fairs.
Discuss your wedding menus with us
Discuss your entertainment requirements
Think about buying wedding insurance just in case
Order clothing for your bridal party – remember it’s your choice!
Select a florist, discuss and order your flowers. We can even show you how your bouquet can look with your dress with an illustration.
Book a photographer and or videographer
Apply for relevant licenses
Compile your guest list and send ‘Save the Date’ cards or emails, specifying if you wish children to attend the wedding and or after parties
Go wedding ring shopping, choose your dress and arrange fitting dates
Have fun choosing a honeymoon location
8-5 months before
Arrange a tasting for your menu with our wedding designers. Click here to see things covered at a wedding tasting
Order wedding invitations and cake
Buy accessories and shoes and wear them in at home – very important
Book and pay your honeymoon deposit
Select a gift list or honeymoon donation website and add info to invitation mail out
Let us find suitable accommodation and get us to block book – we can probably negotiate a good rate
4-2 months before
Send out invitations and ask for any dietary requirements
Meet the vicar, priest or officiant to discuss your ceremony
Select reading and choose who will recite them – give them plenty of warning
Order favours and gifts for your wedding party
We will arrange venue and supplier meetings
Prepare photographer shot list, arrange hair and makeup trials
4-2 weeks before
Attend your final dress fitting
Speak with us to ensure all final payments are made to suppliers
Contact any guests who’ve not replied and provide us with your final seating plan
Confirm your final numbers for catering
Finalise the seating plan and let us print and mount it for you
1 week before
Collect your wedding gown, bridesmaids dresses and shoes
Remind the groom to collect the suits and shoes etc
We will finalise all timings and requirements with suppliers and venue
Have a facial – don’t leave this too late in case of breakouts
1 day before
Have a manicure and pedicure
Start setting up the venue and monitor the suppliers
Check that the wedding party knows their responsibilities
Have an early pre-wedding dinner
Get an early night
On the day
Don’t forget to eat breakfast
Give the wedding party their thank you gifts
Most importantly, begin getting ready yourself at least two hours before
Leave everything else to us, enjoy your day and don’t worry about anything – that’s what we are for.
We hope you’ll find this wedding planning checklist useful. Print it and use as a reference in this busy but fun period.
As a result of seeing everything you need to do, perhaps you will decide you’d like the help of a wedding planner and caterer, we would love to chat with you about your plans very soon.
Call us on 020 7326 3800 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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