When planning a wedding it’s a good idea for you to create a checklist, this checklist will contain a number of things such as your budget, creating a guest list, booking your officiant and booking venues or marquees. When planning a wedding you should really create a 16-month plan. 16 months may seem a little early to start planning but the sooner you get started the easier it will be.

Next in the checklist would be 12 months until the wedding, this will include hiring your photographer, booking your entertainment. Whether you are having a string quartet, a 3-piece rock band or a local DJ now is the time to put down a deposit and secure their services. Another two would be booking the caterers and buying your wedding dress. This is one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding to be sure to enjoy it to the full!

Next in the checklist is 9 months before the wedding. This will include choosing you cake and ordering it and your first wedding dress fitting. Your dressmaker should be calling to arrange a fitting around about this time and in anticipation of this event, you should buy your wedding shoes so you can take them with you. Another Four would be Organising a marquee which is perfect for your reception, you can find some great ones here at marquee hire in Essex, booking your hairdresser and makeup, sending invitations and selecting your music. Get together with your partner, and the band if applicable, to choose the music that will be playing during your wedding breakfast and at the evening reception afterwards.

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Next there is just a few things to do this month, but it is an extremely important one. With just 3 months remaining until the big day. You will have to organise the schedule of all of the events that will take place on the big day, printing programmes and menus and buying the rings. If you buy your rings with 3 months or so to go, you will have plenty of time to have them resized if necessary. Next, one month to go before the big day you would have to do some really important tasks. These include obtaining your marriage licence, your final dress fitting for the bride and all bridesmaids and finalising a seating plan. The best way to do this is to create a coloured plan with pieces of paper so you can play with the seating arrangement until you are completely happy with it. Another two is ordering drinks for all of your guests, and most importantly composing your vows. If you have elected to write your own, now is the time to do it. You can find many examples online.

Finally, the wedding week. With just days to go until the big day, you will be in a state of nervous anticipation but thanks to your meticulous planning, everything will be well under control. There are only two steps for this stage and they are Appointing friends to oversee events on the day. To ensure you can truly relax and enjoy the occasion, you should appoint 2 or 3 friends to supervise the various events on your wedding day. Finally packing your suitcases, if you are leaving for your honeymoon straight after the reception, it is a good idea to pack your suitcases a few days before your wedding.