Getting everything scheduled so that it falls into place is what planning a wedding is all about. When you pop the question and start planning, you might think all you have to do is choose your first dance and cut the cake, but there’s a lot more to it than that.
To give you a helping hand, we’re going to take a look at a few of the other events that need to go off without a hitch.
The hen do is something that every bride to be looks forward to for months, but you need to make sure you leave enough time to fit everything in. The days of celebrating late into the night the day before tying the knot are long gone. After all, do you want to feel worse for wear on the biggest day of your life when all eyes will be on you?
The hen do is a time to get all your bridesmaids together and have a good laugh and a giggle. If you have it 2-3 months before the wedding, then that’ll give you the perfect chance to get everyone in the mood but won’t leave you feeling stressed out. Too many brides try and cram their hen do into the last 4 weeks and end up checking their emails and chasing caterers all weekend.
Play it safe and give yourself about 10 weeks grace and you’ll be able to have an amazing weekend you’ll remember forever.
The same goes for the stag do folks. If you want to get away with the guys for a weekend in Europe, then you’ll want to plan it around plenty of the local festivities. In fact, picking a beer festival or a concert you’ve always wanted to go to is the perfect way to get the planning off the ground.
Nominate your best man and perhaps one other standout guy to do all the planning and then it will actually get done. You’ll want to be able to be the knight in shining armor your bride needs in the buildup, so make sure you follow the same 10 week rule as she does.
The photographer may be one of those people you think will just muddle along and take care of things on the day, and for a large part they will. But if you want to get the most out of your investment, then you’ll want to meet up with the photographer 2-3 weeks before the big day.
This will give you the chance to ask any burning questions you may have, as well as filling them in on who shouldn’t be photographed with whom if you’re to avoid some unwanted family drama! Take a little time out of the hustle and bustle of the constant planning to meet with your wedding photographer for the day and you’ll get so much more out of it.
The other thing people often find difficult to plan is when to get their makeup done and their dress altered. You don’t want to do this too early, especially if you’re dieting, but you also don’t want to leave it to the last minute. As a rough guide you should aim to have your dress ready to go 4 weeks before the ceremony. You can then use the remaining time to get your hair and makeup thoroughly practiced, so that you know exactly what you’re doing on the morning of the big day.
Now that you’ve heard what we have to say, it’s over to you to power through the rest of the prep. Good luck!
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