Treat yourself to a manicure so your nails are looking their best when showing off your new sparkle.
Pop open the bubbles!
Your friends will be dying to hear the details and will also be able to offer a valuable hand with your engagement celebrations if you plan on having a party.
Be in the know
Subscribe to wedding magazines/blogs – Not only is this incredible fun for all brides to be, but this will help you to start brainstorming ideas for your wedding must haves! Blogs are a great source of inspiration and will help you refine what your priorities are.
Because there’s no better time to pull out those romantic classics; Romeo & Juliet, Casablanca, Sleepless In Seattle, Dirty Dancing, Breakfast at Tiffany’s… They may even offer inspiration for the big day!
In the lead up to the big day
Have personal goals or hobbies
Have personal goals or hobbies to maintain during your planning stages so that you do not feel consumed by the entire decision making process. While it can be very easy to get carried away when planning your wedding, remember to allocate time for you and your fiancé so as not to lose sight of the importance of your marriage.
Looking your best
Exercise and maintain a healthy diet – every bride wants to look their best on their wedding day but don’t get caught up in mad dieting; you’re perfect the way you are that’s why he asked you to marry him! Just eat right and exercise in a way that’s enjoyable for you. Looking after yourself will help you feel relaxed, provide you with more energy and most importantly, you will be at your best for your wedding day.
Soon after engagement
Determine budget and division of expenses
This is an important time to think about who is supporting your wedding financially. Once that is sorted, take time with your fiancé to learn about each other’s ideas and prioritise what is important for your wedding.
Decide on the type of ceremony
Religious or civil? If you are having a civil ceremony then you will both need to notify your local registry office, and you then have 12 months to say I Do. For a church wedding, the banns are usually read on three consecutive Sundays during the three month period before the big day. For details on booking your registrar for one of our venues, you can get in touch with Westminster registrar office by clicking HERE.
Select bridal party
Select your bridal party so they are there to share the organisation process with you, and support you along the way.
Draft guest list
Compile names and addresses at this stage ready for when you send out your invitations. Once you have your guest number this will determine the best venue for you, One Marylebone has The Galleries which are perfect for intimate weddings of up to 100 guests, and accommodates up to 350 guests for dinner and dancing in the Soane Hall.
Twelve months to go
Congratulations on choosing your venue
We are looking forward to seeing your special day come to life! Your personal project manager (PM) will chat through the next steps, suggesting the perfect suppliers to compliment your ideas and budget.
Register for gifts
You will need your registered gift list for your invitation.
Wedding dress appointment
Arrange wedding dress appointments at boutiques – once you have decided on THE dress it can take a minimum of 6 months to order.
Photographers get booked up very quickly as they are only able to do one wedding per day – research into the style you would like, arrange to meet them, and get booking. If you are nervous arrange a pre wedding shoot so you both feel comfortable with your photographer and have a sneak peak of how he captures you.
Eleven months to go
Apply for wedding insurance.
This could make the difference between saying “I Do” and “I didn’t”. When planning a wedding it is easy to see the potential for something to go wrong so give yourself peace of mind and get financial cover.
Start thinking about stationary; Save the Dates should be sent out 10 months in advance and invitations should be sent out 4-5 months in advance, longer if you are not doing a save the date – do not forget to budget for the stamp price! Ask your PM for stationary ideas.
Meetings with suppliers
Meetings are booked with caterers and production companies, initial quotes put together which you will go through in detail with your PM.
Start looking into your entertainment; your PM will have many contacts for bands/DJ’s/pianists and so on.
Ten, nine and eight months to go
Send out Save the Dates.Select and order wedding gown.Meeting with florist/s, initial quote put together with your PM.
Finalise caterer and production company with your PM.Select and order veil, lingerie, shoes and accessories.Research airlines/hotels for out of town guests, think about transportation from ceremony to the venue.Confirm entertainment with your PM.
Confirm and order cake.Begin hair and makeup trials.Arrange dress fitting with your maid of honor.Choose and order bridesmaid dresses and accessories.Select and book florist with your PM.
Seven and six months to go
Finalise grooms party attire.Select attire for flower girl/ring bearer.Speak with your stationer regarding day stationary to include table plan, placement cards, table names, menus, order of service.
Research honeymoon destinations – book travel agent.Review and approve of wedding invitations and stationary.Choose wedding bands.
Five and four months to go
Send wedding invitations.Book the honey moon!Make reservations for rehearsal dinner or speak to your PM about using beautiful One Horse Guards.
Write or choose wedding vows.Think about any personal touches you would like to make to the wedding; a photo booth, sweetie table, fancy dress props, favours and so on.
Three and two months to go
Arrange final dress fitting and arrange for pickup or delivery.Purchase gifts for all wedding party members.Arrange transport for the bride and bridal party to arrive to the venue.Review budget in time for last minute touches / additions.
Purchase wedding day accessories.Confirm transport for the day.
Six, four and two weeks to go
Find that perfect gift for your husband to be.Shop for honey moon clothing.Contact anyone who did not RSVP and put together your seating plan – always allow time for this as it can be one of the most stressful parts of organising your wedding.
Hen Party!Schedule spa appointment for the days before your wedding (facial, massage, manicure/pedicure).Finalise details with photographer / videographer shot lists.Approve final schedule of timings with your PM.
Final dress fitting.Finalise music play list & couples first dance song.Last meeting at the venue with all your suppliers.Pick up your wedding dress!!
One week and 48 hours before
One week to go
Let your caterers know the final guest number and dietary requirements.Finalise seating chart.Visit your beauty salon for any last minute treatments.Get foreign cash.Start packing your bags for the honey moon!
48 hours before
Wrap bridesmaids and groom gifts.Practice/finalise speeches.Pack your wedding night bag – give this to one of the bridal party to look after for you.Plan an emergency bag for the day, containing extra Kirby grips, hairspray, stain removing wipes, miniatures of deodorant, tissues etc and a sewing kit; again give to bridal party to look after.
The day before
Manicure/pedicure.Give bridal party gifts.Relaxation methods – spa/massage/yoga/meditation. It’s important to have some downtime before your big day.
The day of your wedding
The day has arrived
Start the day with a good breakfast and order in so no one is worrying about cooking or washing up. Have snacks available throughout the morning to keep your energy up.Give yourself plenty of time to get ready, it may mean an early start but you will ensure you are not rushed and you enjoy the time.Make sure you have a long mirror and good lighting – sounds silly but is easy to forget.Plan with your bridal party anything you will need help with at the end of the night.Lastly, enjoy a glass of bubbles with your bridesmaids and most importantly relax and have fun!
You are back from honeymoon possibly feeling a little bit lost; plan some date nights with you new husband and drinks with the girls to relive the memories of your wonderful wedding.Organise your thank you cards.Plan with your photographer and videographer the edit process and length of time before you will see the pictures and footage.Finalise any post wedding payments and receive back deposit payments.