PLANNING YOUR BIG DAY!

February 6, 2018

 

So you’ve recently got engaged (congrats!).

Now with only one thing on your mind its time to plan plan plan!

To start with this can sometimes feel a little overwhelming, that’s why we have made this handy step by step guide to help you through the planning of your perfect wedding day.

This will break it down into more manageable chunks and make your wedding planning something that you love doing as much as we do!

Its time to get organised and suppress that inner Bridezilla!

 

Below is a generic check list to make things a little easier to manage.

As outside caterers we can help to guide you through all these stages, we will have an initial consultation with yourselves where we can discuss your catering dreams.

We have had couples bring their mood boards, favourite celeb wedding inspiration and even secret family recipes in the past which we welcome with open arms this is all about the vision of your perfect day.

We are extremely flexible so although our brochure offers so much choice we can always look at creating bespoke menus with you to make your day truly personal.

After the initial meeting we will invite you to a taster where you can sit back and relax while we serve your delicious wedding breakfast in a private taster session at one of our taster rooms either in Bristol or Cardiff this will give you a real insight into how the food will be on your big day and you can start counting down the days until you get to eat it again!

First things first- get some inspiration.

Pintrest and Instagram are perfect for this.

Either set up an inspiration page online or start a scrapbook with cut outs of your ideas, It's always makes it much easier to be inspired once you have decided which season you would prefer to get married in.

When you have decided think of colour pallets and go from there. Wedding Fayres are a great place to find inspiration and a fun day out for you and your partner or hens.

 

The first stages

  • Choose a date and time

  • Agree on a budget

  • Draft a rough guest list so you know what size of a venue to look for

  • Decide if you would prefer a civil or religious wedding ceremony

  • Start booking viewings at venues

  • Research suppliers (photographer, florist, entertainment and the all-important caterer!)

12+ months before the big day

  •  Book your venue

  •  Pick your bridesmaids and groomsmen

  •  Start booking in your suppliers- venues normally have a great supplier list so this is always a good place to start

  •  Start thinking of the menu you would like on the day (think of seasonality, your personal favourite dishes are______________________

  •  Invest in wedding insurance

  •  Start thinking of your dream honeymoon location

12-9 months before

  •  Buy your wedding dress!

  •  Decide on the type of entertainment you would like throughout the day and the evening entertainment

  •  Book the church or give notice to your local registrar

  •  Start deciding on your dream floral/ decorations

9-6 months before

  •  Purchase your invitations

  •  Send out your save-the-dates

  •  Order your bridesmaids dresses

  •  Book your honeymoon

  •  Draft your wedding day timings

6-4 months before

  •  Have a dress fitting

  •  Purchase your wedding rings

  •  Set up your guest list

  •  Get the groomsmens outfits ordered/brought

  •  Double check your passports are in date- if not renew!

  •  Book your hair and makeup for the day and any trial runs if needed

3 months before

  • Finalise your wedding menu

  • Finalise details with other suppliers such as the florist, cake maker and entertainment

  • Finalise your guest list

  • Order additional stationary- order of the day, menu cards, name cards

  • Finalise your table plan

  • Order favours

  • Finalise your wedding day timings and send this to your suppliers

  • Send out your invitations

2 months before

  •  Meet with your photographer- it is nice to do this at your venue so you can walk around together to show them ideal shots

  •  Do a hair and makeup trial run

  •  Write your vows

  •  Purchase gifts for parents, wedding party and each-other

1 month before

  •  Check in with all suppliers to confirm details

  •  Purchase/ collect your something old, something new and something borrowed

  •  Pass on any guest dietary requirements to your caterer

  •  Settle all final balances

1 week before

  •  Delegate any small wedding day jobs to family and friends

  •  Break in your shoes!

  •  Pack for your honeymoon

  •  Get your hair cut and coloured

  •  Give your wedding manager a schedule of your suppliers set up times. Include a contact name and number

  •  Pick up your dress and the groomsmen’s suits

The day before

  •  Rehearse the ceremony

  •  Drop off anything you need to at the venue

  •  Relax and get an early night!

This step by step guide will make planning your wedding a breeze!

However if you do need any help on any of the stages above do remember we are experts at this and our fantastic event managers would take pleasure in helping with anything you may need. Please contact us at feedme@cleverchefs.co.uk with any questions.

 

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