8 to 6 months before the wedding
Make your seating plan
With your invites out, it’s time to make a seating plan. It’s best to pair families and friends who know each other together. Use your space wisely when planning seating. We can set up round tables where everyone can feel close and chat together. On the other side of the spectrum, we can set up long dining tables and benches for an altogether different wedding vibe.
Pick ceremony details and work out timings
This is another important job to get done with plenty of time for adjustments. A wedding day typically starts with the ceremony then speeches before lunch/dinner and ends with dancing into the night. We suggest printing out a time sheet broken down by the hour, so you know exactly what needs to happen and when.
Book the rehearsal dinner
Rehearsal dinners are gaining more popularity in the UK. A rehearsal will ensure the timings work and that everyone knows their roles on the big day. It could be tricky to get a date when everyone is free so make sure to get in early with this.
Choose the Bridesmaids’ dresses
Getting your Bridesmaids together for dress fittings is essential. You want your bridesmaids to feel comfortable and good on the day, so communicating with them is key. Choosing a colour scheme and going for different dress styles is a popular decision these days. Don’t forget accessories!
Buy or rent the Groom and Groomsmen’s suits
Schedule plenty of time for the Groom and Groomsmen for fitting and subsequent renting of their outfits. A matching team of Groomsmen always stands out in photos.
Make sure the hen and stag dos are booked
This is a job you can delegate to your Maid of Honour and Best Man, but it’s worth chasing them up to confirm they’ve actually booked the events and accommodation where needed. Stag and hen dos usually happen one month before the wedding, giving plenty of time for the stories to sink in and make their way into speeches.
Order the themed décor for your wedding
Ordering your décor will help you to visualise your day, which will ramp up the excitement.
Order your wedding cake
Wedding cakes can take a few months to put together so make sure to order in plenty of time.
Final 6 months before the wedding– It’s getting real at this point.
Send out the invitations
With the seating plan set, you need to make sure you’ve sent out the invites! It wouldn’t be much of a wedding with no one to witness the ceremony!
Buy wedding rings
You don’t want to forget the wedding bands! Confirm that these are styled and sized up to you and your partner and ready for the page boy or girl to get them to you on the day.
Write your wedding vows
This is a good opportunity to check back in with yourself after all the planning and booking stress and write your vows. Reminding you of your love for your partner will remove the stress and ground you as the big day approaches.
Book wedding day transportation
You will want to travel to your event in style, so make sure you’ve booked wedding day transportation in good time.
Book the perfect honeymoon
The holiday of a lifetime needs to be booked now. Have a think about the sort of holiday you and your partner would enjoy. Is it a city break or a relaxed beach holiday you’d like? Get it booked.
Settle your payment with vendors and others
Keep your vendors happy by settling all your payments before the wedding day!
What should you do in the final weeks before your wedding?
The last week before your wedding is the perfect opportunity to get those final touches done. Spend this week focused on personal grooming, get a manicure or pedicure, and get your eyebrows smartened up. Cameras are going to be on you all day, so you want to look your best!
Meet your marquee pitchers!
We love hearing about wedding day plans as we put up our marquees, and will need to discuss the layout of tables, chairs, and decorations. Make sure to pop over and see us at your venue. It gives you the opportunity to perfect your wedding day space.
Are you ready to book a wedding marquee? We’d love to hear from you!