The Bride Guide

Hopefully you’re in a relationship where you can share the planning, but the truth is that most of the wedding admin falls to brides. Here are some top tips to help you plan the big day and some waypoints to stay on track… 

WeddingBig Day Countdown 

12 Months Before The Wedding 

  • Visit and book your reception venue and ceremony location 
  • Review wedding insurance options 
  • Decide what type of entertainment you want for ceremony, drinks reception and dancing 
  • Book photographer/videographer ̈ Research and consider options for 
  • your venue and ceremony decor 
  • Research and consider a wedding planner or venue stylist Start your wedding dress research Send Save the Date cards – important if you’re getting married during a very busy time of year Pop the question to your bridesmaids and groomsmen 

8-10 Months Before the Wedding 

  • Book band and/or DJ for reception ̈ Research and reserveaccommodation for guests 
  • Contact decor hire companies if you need to rent anything for ceremony/ reception, such as chairs, tables etc 
  • Book honeymoon – flights and accommodation 
  • Order wedding cake
  • Order your gown
  • Book a toastmaster

6 Months Before the Wedding 

  • Order/make your wedding invitations and send 
  • Buy your wedding shoes and accessories 
  • Book your make up artist and hairdresser 
  • Buy your bridesmaid’s dresses and suits for the groom, best man, ushers and any flower girls or page boys 

3 Months Before the Wedding 

  • Have your dress altered
  • Buy your wedding rings 
  • Order your venue décor and table decorations 
  • Choose wedding music/readings 
  • Start to plan your hen/stag parties 
  • Have vaccinations for the honeymoon 
  • Reconfirm arrangements with all your suppliers 

1 Month Before the Wedding 

  • Have your final fitting
  • Reconfirm the wedding arrangements with all your suppliers 
  • Contact any guests who have not replied to your invitation 
  • Finalise seating plan 

1 Week Before the Wedding 

  • Have your hair cut and/or coloured
  • Have the wedding rehearsal
  • Wear-in your wedding shoes inside 
  • Hand over the supplier list of contacts to a designated person 
5 Top Tips for Wedding Planning 

Things you need to nail for the big day from the experts

Start Planning Early 

Even if your wedding is two years away, the earlier you get onto it, the easier, and less stressful it will be as your day approaches. 

Nail the Budget 

Don’t spend anything until you’ve set a realistic budget that won’t stretch you too far. It’s a common mistake to forget all the little extras, too – for the budget to work, you need to factor in every detail. 

Be Selective with the Guest List 

Sorting the guest list early is important so you can then focus on finding the perfect venue that will cater for your chosen number of guests. Costs per head will most likely be your biggest expense, so don’t be guilt–tripped into inviting people you don’t want to come. 

Pick your Best Girls 

Your bridesmaids should be your biggest support throughout the planning process, so choose wisely. Friends you’ve recently made or cousins you rarely see are not the best choice. Instead choose your sisters, long–term best friends or close relatives. 

Find the Best Photographer 

Your wedding album is how you’ll relive the cherished memories of your day, so don’t underestimate the importance of a good photographer. Research carefully and find someone who understands exactly what you want.