There are so many things to think about when planning your Big Day that I always suggest making lists to people, that way you can check what you have done and still need to do - and also write down any extra ideas you want to spend more time thinking about.
There are the basics of course - getting your venue booked and if it's not a church wedding then getting a registrar booked too.
Once you have your venue/venues and registrar booked, then book your photographer and videographer if you are having one. Photographers book up quite far in advance, so the faster you can organise one the better. Then there is your wedding dress to decide on, suits for the Groom and Groomsmen, any cars if you need them to take you between venues - if everything is happening at one venue then this is of course one less thing to worry about.
So after venues, your dress, the Grooms suit, cars - or no cars, your photographer, a videographer, Bestman - or men, Ushers, Bridesmaids - and their dresses, flowers for the venue, bouquets and buttonholes, plus flowers for the church or venue, pedastals for the church or table arrangements for a civil ceremony - plus flowers or table decorations for your venue - there's so much to choose from, do you make your own table decorations or have candelabras? This year there have been flower arrangements, plants in pots as thank you gifts, candles in vases on mirrors, slices of wood with ribbons and jam jars with candles in true vintage style. Film themed tables, tables themed on places the couple have traveled to, wine vineyards names and some have had numbers on their tables - everybody has different ideas.
Some tables are colour themed - or every table has been themed on a different super hero or Disney character? Will you make your own favours - some have given away shots, home made jam, Sloe Gin shots, sweets with their names on the wrappers, sun flower seeds.... the list goes on.
Who will make your cake? Or will you buy one and decorate it yourself? or maybe you wold prefer one made of cheese - or multiple cupcakes? So much to think about..... Then there is the band - or DJ? If you have a band will they learn your first dance for you? Signing Board or Guest book or tree full of wishes ? Will you have a postbox for your guests cards or an open vintage suitcase - or maybe something else?
Speeches - will you stay with tradition and do your speeches at the end of the meal - or if the people doing the speeches are a little worried about it, maybe do them first so that they can enjoy their meal and not feel worried during them ? Presents for parents, Bridesmaids, Bestman and Ushers ? Hairdresser and make up artist ? Will you have them come to you - will you want to do it all yourself, or will you go to a salon in the morning before you get married ? Will they need to do hair and make up for your Bridesmaids and the Moms too ? Rings - make sure you have them on the day :-) Also you may want to think about having your engagement ring cleaned before the big day too ;-) More hints and tips and things to think about next week - I think that's enough for now. If you would like to chat with me about your Big Day just call or email me with any questions you may have.
Best Wishes Alex.