If you have less than ten months to go before your wedding, you are understandably under a lot of pressure. But don’t worry – it’s not time to panic just yet, especially if you know what to plan for at least nine to seven months prior to your special day.
First of all, make sure that your reservations with your wedding venue and minister or local registrar are confirmed. If you still haven’t found your wedding venue at this point, you may want to dedicate a significant portion of your time to this, as finding the venue can take a while. You have to scour different venues and find out whether they are available on your planned date or not. Fortunately for you, there are plenty of wedding venues all over the country.
But if you are lucky enough to have already found (and confirmed) your venue and minister or registrar, now is the time to plan for the other elements.
Your wedding bridesmaids
Now that the major considerations (such as the venue and reception) are arranged, you can begin planning for your bridesmaids. There is really no limit to the number of bridesmaids, but you should at least have one person to assist you during your wedding day. A bridesmaid is not only there for moral and emotional support – they also play a more practical role, such as serving as a contact person between yourself and the co-ordinator of the venue and dealing with any other issues that may come up. You also have to think about your bridesmaids’ dresses, including colour and design, and arrange with them whether they will pay for their own dresses or you will take care of the expense (you can offer to pay for their bridesmaids’ dresses as a tasteful thank-you).
The groom’s and best man’s suits
Once you have finalised the bridesmaids’ dresses, you can focus on the suits for the men. You have to allot time for a fitting, and choose the accessories such as cuffs, ties, waistcoats, etc. When choosing a suit for the groom, it is better to choose one that reflects the wedding’s theme as well as his own personality. The main point to remember, though, is that the suits for the men need to be fitted prior to the wedding.
Nine to seven months prior to the wedding is also the ideal time to plan your wedding stationery. This would include save-the-date cards, invitations, menus, place cards, table names or numbers, and thank-you cards. The save-the-date card is sent out once you have set a date – ideally, about a year prior to the wedding, but nine to seven months before the date is acceptable as well.
The actual invitations are supposed to be sent out at least six to eight weeks prior to the date, but if you would like a personalised stationery design, you need to give the designer and printer more time. Your wedding invitations should also have accommodation options for countryside weddings as well as directions to your wedding venue, your preferred dress code, and the details of your wedding gift registry or list.
Additionally, nine to seven months prior to your wedding day, you should also make it a point to take care of your transport and your wedding cake. But with all these in mind and planned for in advance, there’s no reason why your wedding shouldn’t be the dream affair you definitely deserve.