How long does it take to plan a wedding?

The success of any wedding day comes down to how it’s planned. Most couples spend not just months but years making their dream big day a reality. It makes sense; your wedding day might be the happiest day of your life but it will probably be one of the most planned and well-thought out days too. Just as the length of engagement varies from couple to couple, the time spent planning a wedding between engagement and that fateful walk down the aisle differs too.

Here we take a closer look at the latest wedding planning statistics. The question is, how do you fare when comparing your wedding planning timeframe to the UK average?

What the latest wedding planning statistics say

According to a recent survey from Wedding Paper Divas, 47% of soon-to-be-married couples spend up to 9 hours per week planning their weddings. 40% of those surveyed spend a little longer preparing for their nuptials, with between 10 and 15 hours each week spent poring over their plans in the run up to their special day. 40% of couples dedicate this amount of time to wedding planning for 13 to 18 months taking them from engagement to the big day itself.

Top planning tips from our experts

Whether you’re planning your wedding day or saying “I do” all over again with a vow renewal, taking note of the following golden rules can make all the difference when preparing for your nuptials. Starting planning early, as soon as you get engaged, will certainly help. Although most newly engaged brides don’t need much encouragement to head down to their local bridal boutique to try on dresses, the first order of business should be sitting down with your partner and setting a realistic budget together.

You don’t have to plan your wedding alone. The latest statistics found that a massive 68% plan their weddings with no help at all, but 18% realised the advantages of hiring a day-of coordinator to ensure the wedding day itself went to plan. The hiring of a day-of coordinator will save you a lot of time and stress, bringing your best laid plans to life and giving you the support you need to enjoy every part of your big day.

A word of advice for last minute wedding planners

If you don’t have time on your side and are planning to get married sooner rather than later, the shorter timeframe doesn’t mean forgoing the wedding day of your dreams. Organisation is the key, whether you have years to play with or just months to plan your big day. The Knot offers some great advice for getting organisationally focused ahead of your wedding date:

“In a three-ring binder, compile all your correspondences with vendors, notes you make during meetings, and photos or tear sheets from magazines you want vendors to see. Set up a special email address dedicated to your wedding, and store important vendor numbers in your cell phone.”

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