The importance of having the right wedding suppliers shouldn’t be underestimated. Your chosen wedding suppliers are your route to your dream wedding day, providing the knowledge, advice and services you need to turn your wedding inspiration into reality.
These days wedding suppliers get involved at an early stage – with some professionals even being called on to assist with proposal planning.
The average couple spends between 13 and 18 months planning their wedding day, but when’s the right time to get the professionals involved? Here we countdown to your wedding date and reveal exactly when to book the wedding suppliers you need.
12 months to go
Your mind has no doubt been in overdrive since you said “Yes”, with Pinterest and other resources providing endless inspiration, but now is when things get real!
A year before your wedding date you should devise a draft guest list to establish the size of the wedding you’d like. From here you can start shortlisting potential wedding venues.
Look at those shortlisted wedding venues in person or via a virtual tour if conditions dictate, with a view to choosing and booking a venue between now and the 10-month mark.
The most popular wedding dates are snapped up quickly so you have to act fast. Some couples even start browsing and booking wedding venues up to two years in advance to ensure they get the venue and wedding date they want.
10 months to go
No wedding would be official without a registrar. In the UK, you can give notice for marriage up to 12 months in advance. It is, however, important to hold off on booking your registrar until you’ve found a wedding venue that you love as your registrar will need to be local to your venue.
You should also think about hiring a wedding planner if you choose to have one. Here at Gosfield Hall, our Personal Wedding Managers provide a fantastic service that supports couples with or without wedding planners. Booking your photographer and videographer is advisable at this stage too.
8 months to go
We’re guessing you’ll have already been a frequent visitor to the bridal boutiques in your area but now is the time to get serious about which dress you see yourself walking down the aisle in.
When selecting the wedding dress that’s perfect for you, don’t forget to choose the accessories that will complete your big day vision.
Your wedding caterer, transportation, cake maker, entertainment and florist should also be booked. If you’re looking to hire items, such as furniture and linen – approach rental companies for quotes.
6 months to go
Couples wanting to continue the celebrations with a honeymoon should aim to book their first break as Mr and Mrs at least six months in advance. Using a reputable travel agent is the easiest way to book a honeymoon that suits your needs and budget as The Knot details:
“There are tons of large agencies and smaller boutique companies to work with for a one-stop experience, so price shop around. Being the experts, travel agents can save you money and hassle given their relationships with hotels and knowledge of different travel packages and discounts (plus, there’s a good chance your hotel will be more attentive knowing the travel agent booked you and that you’re on your honeymoon).”
The final countdown
This period is all about finalising the finer details with your chosen wedding suppliers. You’ll sit down with your caterer to devise a menu that’ll wow you and your guests, prepare a shot list with your photographer and/or videographer, and plan and purchase the decorations that will bring your unique wedding theme to life.
You’ll also have the chance to liaise with your registrar to select music and readings that will personalise your ceremony.
Finalise plans with wedding suppliers one month before the big day. Check they know their roles and responsibilities on the wedding day, and make sure they’re aware of delivery dates, times and places.
Don’t have 12 months to play with? Here’s how to have your dream wedding even if you’re short on time.