Everything you need for your special day…

Posted on 28th February 2019

Exeter (spring)

The perfect wedding check list for your big day…

12 months to go:

  • Fix your budget
  • Start to think about the kind of wedding you would like; style, colours, themes
  • Decide on a wedding date and book your venue
  • Choose and book your photographer/videographer
  • Think about the size of wedding you’d like, start drafting a guest list and send out your save-the-date cards
  • Start browsing for your wedding dress (most designers need at least six months!)
  • Choose your bridesmaids, best man, ushers and flower girl
  • Research wedding suppliers (stationary, transport, florist, cake maker)

6 months to go:

  • Book your honeymoon (remember to check if your passports are valid and find out about any vaccinations required)
  • Order your wedding rings and find out when they will be ready for you to collect
  • Order wedding favours
  • Buy your wedding dress (and bridal lingerie, shoes and jewellery!)
  • Choose bridesmaids, groom, best man, ushers and flower girl outfits
  • Order your stationery

3 months to go:

  • Discuss menu and drinks with your caterer (check for any allergies with your guests)
  • Plan your hen/stag parties
  • Send out your invites
  • Confirm ceremony details including music and readings

1 month to go:

  • Arrange your final dress fitting and hold final fittings for the rest of the bridal party
  • Confirm all bookings with your wedding suppliers
  • Write, time and practise any wedding speeches

1 week to go:

  • Final checks for all outfits
  • Hold your wedding rehearsal
  • Create a schedule of timings for the day and give copies to the whole wedding party
  • Make an emergency kit for the day – make-up, hair brush, headache tablets, sewing kit, plasters etc



The day before:

  • Deliver everything to the venue and decorate if necessary
  • Collect any hired outfits
  • Take out some cash for payments on the day
  • Give rings, details of suppliers, copies of speeches, vows and fees to the best man
  • Pamper yourself! Enjoy a bubble bath, face mask and of course… a huge cup of tea!

If you’re in need of inspiration, come along to Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Exeter 23-24 March buy your tickets today

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