How far in advance should you start to organise a wedding?
You’re getting married! How exciting! Now you can start putting the wedding plans in place, including buying the dress and sending out the invites. Though as you’re not getting married until 2018 perhaps it’s a little too early to start making preparations for the big day. So when is the right time? Weetwood Hall, a fairy-tale wedding venue on the outskirts of Leeds, takes a look at how far in advance you should start to organise a wedding.
The 18-month guide
A general guide to how far ahead you should start to organise a wedding is approximately 18 months. As Wedding Angels writes, beginning the preparations around 18 months in advance will give you more choice in terms of venues, as many popular venues get booked up well in advance, especially during popular wedding months like July and August.
The 12-month check-list
Whilst 18 months ahead of the wedding date might be a good timeframe to get some of the most important aspects of the wedding booked, such as the venue, 12 months prior to the big day date should ideally be when a full wedding planning checklist is put into place.
By this time, a wedding budget should have been drawn up, the wedding date, time and venue should be confirmed, the guest list should also be compiled and, ideally, the invitations should be sent out to help ensure guests don’t ‘double book’ by booking a holiday or another arrangement on the same day.
The wedding dress purchase
Easily one of the most exciting and important features of a wedding for every bride-to-be is the purchasing of her wedding dress. Leave it too late and you might not have the time to shop around and buy the dress of your dreams and instead will be forced to wear ‘second best’.
However, buying a wedding dress too early can be equally as problematic. Whilst you might be set on one style of dress 18 months before your wedding, trends change and so can your mind! Consequently, you need to make sure you are 100% sure that it is the wedding dress for you when you make the purchase.
Also, if you are prone to fluctuations in your weight, you may find a dress that fits you today might not be the case 18 months down the line.
A general rule of thumb is that brides-to-be buy their dress approximately 8 – 10 months before the wedding.
Around 10 months is also a good time to confirm other features of the wedding, including the entertainment, such as a band or a DJ, the wedding photographer, the florist, hairdresser and so on.
Around eight to six months ahead is also a good time to get other wedding essentials in place, such as arranging the honeymoon, renewing passports, if required, booking the wedding day transport and getting the wedding cake ordered.
Two months before
Two months before the big day you may want to have a trial run with the hairdresser and make-up artist. Now is a good time to have your bridal gown properly fitted and make any last minute adjustments to your dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses.
If you’re looking for a top-quality, memorable and unique venue to get married in near the bustling city of Leeds, look no further than Weetwood Hall. Weetwood Hall plans bespoke weddings in our grand and impressive 17th century Manor House. Get in touch with our friendly and experienced wedding team to discuss all your wedding in Leeds requirements.