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The wedding planning timeline – 12 months to go, time to … panic?!

Hello! So, I am writing this late on a Friday night having finally got the girls to sleep and my comfy pyjamas on! I have been quiet on the blogging front lately. Actually, I have two other posts ready to go but just haven’t had the time to get around to loading them up and pushing publish. What with the two recent snow storms to contend with and a busy home life /work balance time has been hard to find!

Anyway, I’m babbling. Rather than using this time to post one of those blogs, I’m writing this one. And the reason why? Well, today, the 9th March, 2018 marks exactly 12 months until I say ‘I do’. EEEEEKK!!! That is right, this time next year I will be a married woman! Crazy! Whilst this official beginning to my year long countdown is super exciting, it has got me thinking about the wedding timeline and what I should have sorted by now. As a wedding planner I’m sure you are all thinking that my wedding was planned before I even had a ring on my finger. And, in some parts you would be right! Of course, I had a very clear vision of what my day would be like – but, now with a year to go I thought I would share with you what I’ve done in reality!

Wedding planning timelines are so easy to come across. There are loads which offer advice on what needs doing and when. Some start from 18 months before your wedding, others from 12 months, and go right up until the I do’s. According to the majority of them, by now I should have:

  • Booked venue – TICK

  • Booked ceremony time and date – TICK (did this today!)

  • Started looking at wedding dresses – OF COURSE!

  • Set a budget – YEP, more to come on budget woes so stay tuned for more blogging on that! …

  • Book photographer, band etc. – Pretty much!

Yes, I am winning! I have done all of the major things that I should have at this point. Go me! So, what next? Well, between now and the 9 months pre-wedding mark, I should have done a whole lot more:

  • Select a florist – YES

  • Finalise guest list – kind of

  • Decide on a dress – I have my eye on a couple, but how on earth I will ever decide I don’t know?!

  • Go for wine and food tasting at your venue – hhmm, yes please although my venue requires external caterers … which I haven’t found yet. Whoops, that’s another to-do then!

  • Start shopping for Mr’s suit – NOPE

  • Start shopping for bridesmaids dresses – NOPE

  • Book hair and makeup professionals – Of course, I want this face and barnet looking its best and I am not the woman to make this happen!

Again, it looks like I'm doing pretty well. High Five!

From this point on, the normal timelines go into a whole lot of detail, like selecting wedding rings, arranging transport, finalising invites and stationery, buying wedding favours, dress fittings, writing speeches and so on, some even include dancing lessons. And whilst I think that any form of advice that a bride and groom can get their hands on to help them along in this process is great, I think sometimes there is also too much information! Too many occasions where brides and grooms to be are told what they should be doing. And that, in all honesty is what I think puts the most amount of stress and tension on a couple in the run up to their big day.

With this in mind, I have put together my own wedding timeline – take it with a pinch of salt, please! Hopefully it will serve its purpose though, which is to remind you to plan YOUR wedding to the best of your ability and in the speed and manner that you want to do it!

Jade x

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