Happy New Year! Here we are in early January, a month where many of you will be celebrating your recent engagement! Or perhaps you’ve been engaged for some time, but haven’t had a clue where to begin with planning your wedding. A really useful tool is a wedding planning checklist or timeline to help you understand what jobs to begin with. Here is our exclusive True Romance Weddings Wedding Planning Timeline to get you off to a great start!
12-18 months before
Choose a date
Draft a guest list
Decide on a budget
Book your venue
Book a photographer and band
Ask your bridal party
Celebrate with an engagement party!
Already feeling overwhelmed? Book a wedding planner! Contact True Romance Weddings for a free quote!
9-12 months before
Find your wedding dress
Book suppliers – florist, cake, transport, videographer, ceremony music, DJ
Send save-the-dates to overseas guests
6-9 months before
Shop for bridesmaids dresses
Choose groom and groomsmen attire
Book stationery design for invitations, ceremony programmes, menus, thank you cards – contact True Romance Weddings now for a free sample and a very special 10% discount when you mention this Wedding Planning Timeline!
Choose hair and make-up providers
Book pre-marriage course and notify registrar’s office of intention to marry
3-6 months before
Start planning honeymoon, order new passports if necessary
Attend pre-marriage counselling
Finalise details with florist, tasting with cake designer
2-3 months before
Hens & Stags!
Finalise wedding invitations and send out 6-8 weeks beforehand
Menu tasting at venue
Order wedding rings
Fittings for dresses and formalwear
Hair and make-up trials
4 weeks before
Run through details with venue
Manage replies from invitations
Final dress fitting – bring your chief bridesmaid so she knows how to button/unbutton and bustle up the dress!
Practice session with photographer
Ensure you have jewellery, underwear(make sure you can’t see the underwear under the dress) and shoes (and a change of shoes!)
2 weeks before
Follow up with guests who haven’t replied yet and give update to venue
Feeling nervous about the first dance? Get lessons!
1 week before
Final meeting with venue, update with numbers
Make your table plan
Manicure, pedicure, waxing – no facials the week of the wedding!
Confirm with all suppliers and provide your venue with a list of your vendors
Drop overnight bag, favours, wine etc to the venue
Pack for honeymoon
Organise money for suppliers, tips
If you don’t feel like you could manage all of this by yourself, or if you are planning a destination wedding in Ireland and want a beautiful, stress-free day, contact Caitriona at True Romance Weddings! Another great idea is to book us as a ‘day-of’ planner, where we can help you with everything you need on your wedding day, taking the stress away from you and your family and friends.