If you’ve decided to get married to your significant other, then congratulations are in order – but those congratulations will certainly be cautious, since you’ll have a great deal of work ahead of you if the day itself is to come off without a hitch. If you’d like to avoid this stress, and have the spare cash available, then you might elect to hire a professional wedding planner in order to take care of everything for you. If you’re doing things yourself, however, then you’ll need to make sure that you don’t miss anything. Let’s examine what might transpire in the lead up to the big day.

Early Stages

Between sixteen and six months before the day itself, you’ll need to put the wheels in motion with research. Start collecting all of the inspirational materials that you come across – if you see something that you’d like to have included in your wedding, and then you’ll want to make sure that it’s in a place you can easily recall.

You’ll also want to consider who you want to attend the wedding.Begin a guest list; including contact details and any other relevant information (like allergies). If you’d prefer to keep the cost of your wedding as low as possible, then you’ll want to invite as few people as possible.

At this stage you’ll want to book the person officiating the wedding – without whose efforts you won’t get very far. You might also want to throw an engagement party to mark the union – but this isn’t obligatory. You’ll also want to decide on a location – Carden Park is an exceptional wedding venue in Cheshire with a hotel attached.

It’s important at this early stage that you’ve got an idea of your overall budget – that way you’ll be able to stick within it as you go on. Costs have a habit of escalating if you don’t know what you can say yes to at the outset.

Eight Months Prior

Eight months before the day of the wedding, you’ll want to have all of the components of your wedding prepared and ready to go. These might include the photographer, the caterer, the florist, the entertainment and the bride’s dress.

Where the latter is concerned, you’ll want to schedule several fittings in order to make sure that the bride likes the dress, and that the dress properly fits. Since eight months is a lot of time for body-weight to fluctuate, you’ll want to plan ahead!

Six Months Prior

At this stage, you’ll want to purchase your invitation cards and start planning your honeymoon. Be sure that your passports are current and that you’re appropriately vaccinated for your intended destination. You’ll also want to have booked transportation to the wedding venue, and to the reception, and to have shopped for your bridesmaid’s dresses. If you’re hosting guests from out of town, then be sure to find them somewhere to stay and block-book the necessary accommodation on their behalf. Fortunately, there exists a wealth of hotels in Cheshire to choose from.

Four Months Prior

At this stage, you’ll want to have chosen a cake. If possible, you’ll want to attend several tastings to make sure that the cake is up to scratch. You’ll also want to have scheduled the personnel to sort out the hair and makeup for the bride and bridesmaids, and have finalised the menu and flowers. If you’re looking to cut costs, then you might consider avoiding going to a professional printer – there are home ones which will do just as capable a job. If you want your loved ones to speak at your reception, then now is an excellent time to ask them – as they’ll need time to prepare.

Now is also the time to purchase your wedding rings. If resizing or engraving is required, this will consume time – and so doing it earlier is better.

Two Months Prior

At this stage, you’ll want to touch base with all of the vendors to ensure that everything is proceeding smoothly, and meet with your photographer to discuss specific requirements. You’ll also want to send out your invitations to ensure that your guests have time to reply.

One Month Before

As your guests respond to your RSVP request, update their status in the database you’ve created. This will save you an enormous amount of time in the long run. Phone anyone who hasn’t replied to confirm their attendance. Once you’ve got a firm head-count, stock the bar and assign seating accordingly.