They say weddings can be stressful, overwhelming and difficult to plan. At Eventie, we disagree! We love planning weddings. This is because we have unique and effective ways our ‘Eventie Master Tips’ of planning weddings, which we will be sharing with you in this guide.

Also, there is just something remarkable about planning an occasion that is bringing people together to celebrate the special union of two individuals in love.

We have created the best step by step, guide to help you enjoy the planning process of your big day. As experienced wedding planners, we understand that each wedding is unique and things fall into place at different times and in different ways therefore, consider this a general outline.

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As soon as you get engaged
  • Sit down with your future husband/wife and discuss your ideal wedding day to ensure your visions are aligned
  • Create a Vision Board for your wedding. Find images that represent your dream wedding (venue, location, colours, flowers etc.) and put them together digitally using Pinterest or physically using a pin board. Make sure you place this where you can see it and refer to throughout your wedding planning process.

Alternatively we can host an exclusive wedding Vision Board party on your behalf. Our Vision Board parties are becoming increasingly popular with many brides to be. They are the perfect occasion to get your girls and guys together to celebrate your engagement and outline your dreams and vision for your wedding day and your married life thereafter.

  • Set a budget
  • Start planning the guest list
  • Identify potential wedding dates
  • Research potential wedding venues and ceremony locations
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12 months before
  • Research and consider a wedding planner
  • Enlist any talented friends and family to help with some aspects of the wedding
  • Visit and book your reception and ceremony venue/location of choice
  • Research potential wedding services and suppliers – photographer, videographer, DJ, florist, transport, cake, decor, music, hair and makeup
  • Consider wedding insurance options
  • Decide what type of entertainment you want for your ceremony and reception
  • Book photographer and videographer
  • Research and consider options for your venue decor
  • Begin wedding dress shopping
  • Send ‘Save the Dates’
  • Formally pop the question to your bridesmaids and groomsmen
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10 – 8 months before
  • Book a band and/or DJ for reception
  • Book musicians for ceremony
  • Research and reserve accommodation for your guests
  • Contact venue design companies if you need to rent anything for ceremony/reception, such as chairs, tables, special decor
  • Book honeymoon
  • Order wedding cake
  • Book pre-marital counselling – if required by your religious practice
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8 – 6 months before
  • Order your wedding dress
  • Ensure passports are in date for honeymoon
  • Start planning hen and/or stag parties – this is a potential task for your bridesmaids and groomsmen
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6- 4 months before
  • Choose bridesmaids’ dresses
  • Choose your wedding invitation style – order if necessary
  • Meet with florist to discuss flower options
  • Shop for groom’s and groomsmen’s suits
  • Organise the marriage legalities – give minimum 3 months notice to registrar or religious leader
  • Decide on prayers, readings and music – confirm with your religious leader/ registrar/DJ
  • Organise wedding transport
  • Start gathering contact details for guest list
  • Organise a hair & makeup trials with your desired hair stylist and makeup artist
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3 – 2 months before
  • Send invitations/RSVPs to guests
  • Attend dress fittings
  • Choose and order wedding rings
  • Organise gifts for parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen and each other
  • Buy shoes & accessories
  • Have a menu tasting with your caterer
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4 weeks before
  • Have final wedding dress fitting
  • Make any last-minute adjustments with suppliers
  • Finalise details regarding order of ceremony
  • Order/complete any wedding DIY projects
  • Review final RSVP list and call any guests who are yet to respond

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2 weeks before
  • Communicate final ‘“must-captures” with photographer and videographer
  • Give venue/caterer final guest head count
  • Finalise your seating plan
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1 week before
  • Supply venue coordinator with a list of supplier requirements
  • Print place cards
  • Call all wedding suppliers to confirm arrangements
  • Give ceremony and reception coordinators a schedule of supplier delivery and setup times, including contact numbers
  • Get your beauty treatments done – manicure, massage, waxing etc.
  • Do full wedding dress rehearsal from underwear to veil
  • Pack an overnight bag for the reception
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2 – 3 days before
  • Groom and groomsmen go for final fitting and pick up your formalwear
  • Confirm pick-up times with wedding transport supplier
  • Reconfirm final details with all suppliers
  • Print and circulate running order for the day and include main suppliers’ contact details. Pass copies to the best man and maid of honour
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The day before
  • Drop off place cards, table cards, menus, favours, table plan to venue coordinator
  • Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding
  • Manage payment for any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception
  • Ensure the cake is on track to be delivered to reception venue on time
  • Rehearse ceremony with full wedding party including registrar/religious leaders if possible
  • Get a good nights rest, tomorrow is about to be unforgettable!
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The wedding day!
  • Present gifts to your parents, best man/maid of honour
  • Receive flower delivery for bridesmaids and best man
  • Give wedding bands to the best man to hold during the ceremony
  • Smile and live the reality of the vision you created in the beginning!
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After the wedding
  • Review the Vision Board you created after your engagement and enjoy observing how your vision became your reality
  • Arrange for any rentals to be cleaned and returned
  • Send thank you notes to gift-bearing guests and suppliers
  • Collect your marriage certificate
  • Enjoy your new life as a married couple
Ishea Mbedzi

Ishea Mbedzi

Event Planner

Ishea is the owner of Eventie – events & workshops.

Eventie is an event planning company that provides full or partial event planning services for corporate events, private parties and weddings. Ishea’s 9 years experience and expertise in the events industry means she seamlessly caters to every feature of your occasion.

Website: https://eventieuk.com/

Email: Ishea@eventie.uk

Tel: 07983576349

Instagram: www.instagram.com/_eventie/