The Wedding Countdown


First Steps and Advice

The first thing you will plan for your wedding is the budget. Talk between yourselves and your respective parents about the kind of service you would like. On your very special day you will want the best of everything, so plan carefully the style and tone the day. Budgets are hard theses days and many Brides are tempted to buy cheap on the internet – this can work for some things but please be careful when it comes to your wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses – please look at our Facebook page for a link to “Brides Beware”

When you have decided, visit your Vicar/Priest or Registrar and make arrangements for your marriage ceremony. They will be of great help to you both, and explain everything you will need to know about walking up the aisle and saying ‘I do’. If you wish, a rehearsal can be arranged to set your minds at ease and to assure you that it will all be perfect on your wedding day. Take this opportunity to apply for a marriage licence if necessary.

Now might also be the ideal time to decided on who you will ask to be ‘Chief Bridesmaid’ and ‘Best Man’.

The Wedding Countdown

18-12 Months 

Once you have decided the date and place of your wedding, it is important to remember the following points.

Wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses can take up to 6 months to arrive, in the height of the season most bridal shops are needing 5-6 months to get dresses delivered in your precise colour and size  and then there are alterations to be carried out, so take your time when choosing and don’t be hurried into making a rush decision.  


We can help.Some designers will make dresses for a rush fee and we always have some gowns which you can buy from stock, we have turned a bride round in less than 24 hours and she was pregnant! So everything is possible!

This is the fun bit! Enjoy the experience and let the professionals help and advise you. Your personal consultant will serve you, they are there to listen to you and their advice will be invaluable. It is best to bring one or two people whose opinions you really value, too many people can make it confusing as they normally all have different views.   

Also the venues are usually booked up to a year in advance – so this is definitely something to start thinking about at this time.

 In descending order your family and friends will generally remember the following:

1. How beautiful the bride looked.
2. How wonderful the ceremony was.
3. The reception.

Think about it. Now is certainly the time to be choosing carefully both your wedding dress, bridesmaids and your reception venue. This will help you in many ways because once you have decided on those things – you have set the scene, colour and style of your wedding.

6 Months

Time for some fun! Lets organise a wedding present list. (Don’t forget that a lot of stores
will now help you with this.) Having already organised your dress and bridesmaids you will
probably have a colour scheme. Now is the time to be coordinating other items.

1.Start ordering the bouquets, flowers for church and reception if required.

2.Hire of the suits for the bridegroom, best man, fathers and ushers.

3.Choosing the wedding rings.

While you’re on the phone, now might be the ideal time to organise appointments with your hairdresser and beauty salon, to make sure you look at your most beautiful on the big day.

3 Months

Now is the time to be sending out the wedding invitations. This would also be the ideal time to be escorting the ‘mums’ into
town to organise their outfits. ( Don’t forget the hats or fascinators)


1.  Choose hymns and choice of music.

2.  Arrange for the ‘Order of Service’ sheets to be

6 Weeks

You should now be fairly well organised and in the envious position of sitting back and relaxing for a couple of weeks in full
knowledge that there are a whole host of people out there worrying on your
behalf. However, on your one weekend off between now and the big day, it might
be an excellent idea to nip out and choose some presents for the bridesmaids, and
perhaps order some flowers for the mums.

4 Weeks

The pace is starting to hot up now. It’s time to see whether
everyone else has been as organised as you.

1.  Confirm the reception venue booking, menus and numbers

2.  Confirm details with the photographer.

3.  Confirm the wedding cars.

4.  Confirm details with the florist and give final
numbers for buttonholes.

5.  Confirm travel and hotel bookings for the
honeymoon. N.B. Check Passport.

10 to 7 Days

If you haven’t organised a rehearsal of the ceremony now
might be a good time to meet with the best man, bridesmaids and ushers to
finalise arrangements and responsibilities.

1.  Practise your make up

2.  Take the headdress / veil to your hairdresser.

3.  Give the ‘Order of Service’ sheets to the vicar.
And, perhaps most importantly of all…


One Day to Go

Try and delegate as much work as possible. Have your beauty treatment (fake tans are best done 4 days before wedding) finish off any packing that still remains to be done for the
honeymoon. Your wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses should be hung out with all the accessories like shoes, tiaras, veil or laid out and checked. 

Relax and put your feet up and enjoy the build of excitement.