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New Year and a new start. And maybe you’re planning on getting married this year or next year, making lists and looking for ideas.

To help you on your way, here’s a handy checklist to get you on track with your 2019 wedding planning. We’ve created it after talking to many brides and styling many weddings so that you can benefit from the experience gained.

2019 Wedding Planning Checklist

  • Set a wedding budget if you haven’t already done so. Okay, so it’s not the most glamorous thing to do but it will help with your planning and stop you taking on debt you can’t afford. In fact a budget frees you up in many ways, you will see what you want to spend your money on and what you decide isn’t so important.
  • Set a date. If you’ve been putting it off because you don’t know the type of wedding you want then it’s time to sit down and work it out.
  • Book the church, religious venue or register office if necessary.
  • Write a guest list. We’ve said it before but you really should only have people at your wedding you want to be there. Think carefully about people you work with, long-lost relations, your parents next-door neighbours. You’ll also need to decide about children at your wedding. Are they welcome or is it going to be an adults’ only do?
  • If you’re having an afternoon and evening party, then think about who you want to come to the whole event, including the ceremony, and who will come along later on.
  • Find a venue. Now you’ve done your guest list you’ll know how much room you really need. Do you want a large wedding or a smaller one? We always think that it’s a good idea to be fairly open-minded about your venue. If there’s somewhere that’s in a great place that you love but which isn’t decorated particularly beautifully, remember that draping and lighting can transform the most dull space into something super special.
  • Start looking at weddings on Pinterest for some ideas for a wedding theme.
  • Book your venue. If you’re marrying during the week, you might find more availability but bear in mind that popular venues are often booked up months ahead in the summer months.
  • Consider the benefits of having an expert to style your wedding. They’ll be able to help with chair decor, lighting, table centrepieces, lanterns etc… you won’t have to trawl online looking for stuff you’ll only need once.
  • Pick out your bridesmaids. Are you going to have all-adults? Some children? Remember that your chief bridesmaid should be somebody that’s reliable and unflappable (and not too bossy!). It might not be your best friend who does the job best!
  • Send out your save-the-dates to your guest lists.
  • Find out about accommodation near your wedding venue and see if you can get any group discounts. Don’t forget to check out Airbnb either.
  • Consider having wedding insurance. It’s a small price to pay for knowing that you’re covered in the event of something not going to plan.
  • Look at and choose your wedding dress. Keep an open mind here. The assistants who work in bridal gown shops are experts at knowing what will suit you and what won’t and will have a good eye for picking out the right style.
  • Once you’ve decided on your wedding venue, wedding dress and bridesmaids you can think about the style of bridesmaid dress you want. Mismatching but having a common/colour theme is very popular right now, because it means that every girl gets to wear something that suits her.
  • Choose your photographer. Check them out online and ask to see their work. Ask for some recommendations too. You might also consider having a videographer – most brides really regret not having their wedding professionally videoed.
  • Think about your fitness/beauty routine. Maybe it’s time to change your diet, join a gym, plan on walking more every day.
  • Book your hairdresser, make-up artist.
  • Book the wedding cars.
  • Think about a wedding gift list – do you want to have gifts or money towards a honeymoon?
  • Look at wedding cake styles and choose one that will fit in with your wedding style and decor.
  • Think about the flowers you’d like. What you choose will depend on what time of year you’re marrying in, your venue and the colours you’ve chosen.
  • What music do you want at your wedding? Think about hymns, music that’s special to you both, whether you want a live band or a DJ.

Get in touch with us if you have any questions or need some help with making your wedding look beautiful.

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