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The Ultimate Wedding Checklist for your 2018 Wedding

Whether you’re like Monica Geller and have been updating your wedding folder since you were five years old, or you’ve got a more relaxed approach to your wedding like Phoebe Buffay, one thing is for sure - planning your wedding takes time, patience and compromise. If you’re fed up of scribbling down what you need to do on the back of tattered old receipts and then losing your scrap paper, then we’ve created the ultimate wedding checklist for your wedding in 2018.

Wedding planning isn’t an easy task at all. It requires time whilst you research the venue, entertainment and catering. You also need to manage your budget, send out invitations and get your wedding dress (or suit) ready. You also need to find the time to do all of this whilst working full-time and/or raising a family. So, Nailcote Hall are here to help. From the moment you get engaged to the day of your wedding, this timeline will tell you exactly what you need to do!

Think about whether you want an engagement party

After you and your significant other have announced your engagement and
you’re ready to start planning your wedding, that’s where the fun
begins. Some couples start their wedding planning after they’ve
announced their proposal at their engagement party, surrounded by family
and friends. Whether you choose to have your engagement party under a
marquee in Warwickshire or at a beautiful townhouse in Birmingham, the
choice is yours. Find out more about engagement parties at Nailcote
Hall here.

After your engagement

  • Think about the type of wedding you want.
    Do you and your beau want a summer wedding in a beautiful country grounds or a warning winter wedding? Do you and your partner require a specific type of service? Whether you want an Asian wedding, civil service or a traditional ceremony, now is the time to decide what you both want. You both need to be on the same page.
  • Sort out your budget
    Give yourself a 10% margin for any unforeseen expenses.
  • Draft a guest list
    The amount of people you have at your wedding will influence your budget and your choice of venue. If you have a dream wedding venue in the UK that you’ve always wanted to get married in, the guest list may affect this!
  • Choose potential wedding dates
    Your wedding dates will be affected by important guests who cannot make it, and venue availability.
  • Research wedding venues for both the ceremony and reception
    Your wedding venue options will be influenced by your guest list, location and budget.

12 months before the wedding

  • Choose your wedding venue
    We recommend visiting a few venues and talking to the staff about your wants, needs and expectations, Once you and your partner have decided, you should book your ceremony and reception venue.
  • Research wedding services and vendors
    Unless the venue you’ve chosen is also supplying you with your wedding services, you should research wedding photographers, florists, invitations suppliers catering, the wedding cake, decor, entertainment, and hair and makeup
  • Think about what type of entertainment you want for the wedding reception
    Do you just want a DJ at the wedding, or will you be hiring a live band or tribute act?
  • Book your desired photographer and videographer
  • Send save the date cards
    Sending a save the date card is especially important if you are getting married in a remote location and your guests need to pay for hotel rooms.
  • Start shopping for your wedding dress/suit
  • Choose your bridesmaids and groomsmen

8-10 months before the wedding

  • Book the entertainment for your wedding reception
    Bands, tribute acts and DJs get booked up pretty quickly, so make sure to book your desired entertainment and put a deposit down.
  • Reserve any accommodations for guests
    If your guests have to travel far to go to your wedding, you may want to consider reserving any necessary accomodation for your guests.
  • Sort out any decor you need
    Now is the time to contact decor hire companies, should you need to rent anything for ceremony/reception, such as furniture or a tent
  • Book your honeymoon
  • Order your wedding cake
  • Book pre-marriage course
    Should you need one, of course.

8-6 months before the wedding

  • Order your wedding dress
    The earlier you order your wedding dress, the better. Remember, many boutiques and wedding dress shops consider under six months a 'rush order' and may apply a fee to your order.
  • Book the musicians for your ceremony
  • Book your caterers
  • Make sure both of your passports are still valid
    If not, order new ones!
  • Start planning hen and/or stag dos!

4-6 Months Before the Wedding

  • Order the bridesmaids’ dresses.
  • Order wedding invitations & stationery.
  • If required, go to a pre-marriage counselling.
  • Discuss your flower options with your desired florist.
  • Order the groom's suit.
  • Rent or purchase the men’s formalwear.
  • Send out wedding invitations
  • Organise the legalities — at least three months notice is needed.
  • Choose your prayers, readings and music for mass booklets.
  • Book your wedding transport.
  • Start arranging your RSVPs.
    An excel spreadsheet will help you keep track
  • Book your make-up and hair dressers.

2-3 Months Before the Wedding

  • Book the rehearsal dinner.
  • Finalise your wedding menu and flowers.
  • Choose and order wedding favors.
  • Finalise your readings and vows.
  • Finalise the order of the ceremony and reception, including people making toasts.
  • Print off your menus and programmes.
  • Purchase your wedding rings.
  • Ensure your event schedule has been sent to vendors and caterers.
  • Review entertainment.
  • Review playlist with live band or DJ.
  • Meet up with the photographer.

One month Before the Wedding

  • Update RSVPs.

Contact anyone who hasn’t responded to your wedding invitations.

  • Arrange your marriage license.
  • Send your rehearsal dinner invites out.
  • Go to your final dress fitting.
  • Send as many final payments as you can.
  • Confirm your transport and send directions.
  • Assign seating.
  • Confirm hair and make-up.
  • Get your bridesmaids gifts.

You will gift them at the rehearsal

  • Finalise your vows.

One Week Before the Wedding

  • Pick up your wedding dress.
  • Sort out payments for the vendors, cateteres and suppliers.
  • Send final guest list to the caterers.
  • Assemble wedding favours.
  • Pack for honeymoon.

Book your 2018 wedding at Nailcote Hall

Nailcote Hall are a luxury wedding venue in Warwickshire. We provide a stunning backdrop to your wedding, as our 17th Century country house offers unparalleled views of the tranquil countryside. Get in touch with Nailcote Hall today to plan your 2018 wedding.

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