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Choose the date
After saying ‘Yes’ the next thing you may want to do is set the date.  It is probably best to ignore all superstitions with regards to which day or month you should or should not get married on.  (See attached – Superstition for each day and month).  One thing you can be guaranteed is that your wedding day will be special no matter what date you decide.  Most couples will generally have an idea of when they would like to get married, it may be a particular season they enjoy, an anniversary date or simply a date that springs to mind.

Once you and your partner have decided on a date it is advisable that you make an appointment with your priest/minister to ensure that this date is available.  Secondly you will want to confirm availability within your chosen hotel.  At this stage you will probably have an idea of the number of guests you expect to have at your wedding reception however this will become more definite in the final run up to your big day.  So don’t panic there is no need to finalise exact numbers at this early stage.

Choosing your Wedding Venue

Pick your dream dress
The next step is to begin looking for your dress.  This is undoubtedly one of the most exciting experiences for the bride, picking her dream dress.  Remember that this is your big day so you will want to look your best and enjoy the fairytale wedding you have always dreamed of.  Once you have set your date there is no reason why you can not begin to plan a few shopping trips in aid of finding that dress.  As many brides will say ‘you will know it when you see it’ now this may be the first dress you try on or it may be the 100th, regardless, make sure and have fun.  The ‘Bridal Wear’ section will provide you with everything you need and hosts an array of Bridal Wear shops to suit different styles and budgets.  Remember it is suppose to be unlucky for the groom to see the bride in her wedding dress until she arrives at the ceremony. 

There have also been superstitions evolving in relation to the colour of dress the bride should wear.  Similar to ‘Setting the Date’ we feel this should be your choice as after all you only get married once.  We hope!!! 

Dress Colour Superstitions

6-9 Months to Go

Entertainment
The next step is to organise the entertainment for your wedding reception.  The entertainment will set the mood for the final part of your big day so remember to book early to avoid disappointment.  Regardless of what entertainment you decide on remember it is traditional for the bride and groom to share the first dance together.  This dance is generally accompanied by a song that has special significance to the bride and groom.  If you are finding it difficult to decide on your entertainment why not base your decision on listening to some sample music.


Photographer / Videographer
Capture the essence of your special day, the joy, the laughter, the tears, and the  magic. Your wedding album and video will be the most lasting aspect of your big day.

Transportation
To compliment how beautiful you look and how special you feel you will no doubt want to arrive in style.  It is important however to bear in mind certain practicalities i.e. the cost, the size of your bridal party, your dress, your photographs, etc 

3-6 months to go

<Ceremony
Confirm arrangements for the ceremony, choosing the hymns and readings you would like.

<Hair/Health/Beauty
Arrange an appointment with your hairdresser and beautician to have a hair and make-up trial. 
It is really important to choose the right hairstyle for you.  Your stylist will be able to offer you advice.  This will be influenced by your face shape/size, your dress, your style, and also on your veil/hair fascinators, etc. 

Pre wedding packages include facials, massages, tanning, nail and body treatments, etc. 

1-3 months to go

Invitations
Send out your wedding invitations to your guests 6 -8 weeks before the wedding day.  You may at this stage wish to enclose details of your wedding gift list and also options for accommodation if your hotel is away from home, remember to include directions.  It is important to keep a copy of acceptances and refusals as they arrive back so you can provide your reception venue with final numbers.

Passports
Have you organised your passports for Honeymoon and have you remembered to include your name change.  Remember also to make the necessary name changes to your driver’s license and notify your bank.

Hen/Stag Night
Will it be your last night of madness or will it be a quiet affair.  There are so many options out there.  Traditionally it is the chief bridesmaid or the best man who will take responsibility for organising the hen/stag night.  However you may want to get involved in the planning of this night as to ensure there are no hidden surprises and to avoid any embarrassing moments.  On organising such a night it is important to consider the different age groups as you will want to try and accommodate everybody, as a result it may be more appropriate to have more than one hen/stag night, i.e. friends, work colleagues, etc.  Traditionally there was only night of partying now it is more common for the hen/stag to enjoy several nights out and even long weekends away.  With the popularity and efficiency of low cost airlines – getting away has never been easier. 

Hen nights are generally much different from the stag night.  Ladies generally enjoy things like a days shopping or a day of pampering followed by a nice meal complimented by a night out in the town.  The boys on the other hand might opt to see a premier league match or possible a day of Paint-balling/Go Karting finishing of in the club scene.


4 weeks to go
Seating Plans

It is not necessary to have a seating plan in place however it has become more common.  This is probably one of the trickiest things to organise, knowing who should be seated where.  It is generally normality to have family and close friends seated near the top table.  There are no specific rules for doing the rest.  You may wish to have your guests equally seated alongside people who they know and feel comfortable with and also with people whom they don’t know so they will have the opportunity of getting to know more people and enable them to mingle with the crowd.  Why not seat people with those who you feel they share similar personalities and interests with and also those within their age bracket.   On your wedding day it is also advisable that any children attending the meal are seated with their parents and are well supervised.

Final Preparations
Confirm final arrangements with your wedding suppliers.
Finalise details with hotel.
Try on your wedding gown and accessories to ensure everything fits.
Obtain marriage license.
Prepare for your honeymoon
Organise you rehearsal.

The Big Day!!
Relax and enjoy the day.  You deserve it after all that hard work!!