Jemma- Jade Events 12 month guide to stress free Wedding Planning

For all you Brides to Be that just got engaged and are planning your wedding, I would like to say firstly a MASSIVE congratulations and secondly DO NOT STRESS!! As here you will find a 12 month guide to planning your wedding. However, if you do feel you need that extra support then please do not hesitate to contact Jemma-Jade Events, we would be delighted to be part of planning your special day 🙂


  • Have the budget conversation with your fiancĂ© and your parents
  • Fix a date and time
  • Decide on guest numbers
  • Save the date: 4 months prior
  • Invitations: 6-8 weeks prior

 11 months to go

  • Book your photographer and videographer (Make sure the wedding venue allows photos and videos to be shot!)
  • Book the caterer, DJ and/or band
  • Make appointments to try on wedding dresses

10 months to go

  • Choose your attendants – bridesmaids, ushers and best man etc
  • Decide on your dress (allow at least six months for a made-to-measure dress to be delivered)
  • Choose and order your bridesmaid’s outfits.
  • Start thinking about a honeymoon, including the costs, season and flights

9 months to go

  • Find a florist and discuss your flowers, including buttonholes, bouquets and arrangements for the ceremony and wedding venue
  • Taste and confirm your menu and drinks with your caterer
  • Choose and order bridesmaid outfits

8 months to go

  • Discuss readings and music with the musicians for ceremony and party
  • Order invitations and envelopes (allow one invitation per married couple or family), plus order place cards, menus and start arranging seating plan.

7 months to go

  • Book transport to the ceremony and on to the wedding venue for you and your bridal party (as well as a car to take you to your first-night hotel or the airport)
  • Order your wedding cake- the best bit in my opinion as this involves CAKE TASTING!
  • Choose and order wedding favour’s

6 months to go

  • Remind your fiancĂ© to get his and the usher’s outfits
  • Choose gifts for the wedding party
  • Pick your wedding rings
  • Confirm the order of service, then have guest booklets printed

5 months to go

  • Go honeymoon shopping ( after all you deserve some retail therapy)
  • Book a hairdresser and style
  • Book your make-up artist and trial appointments

4 months to go

  • If you’re changing your name, renew your passport now or do it after you have your honeymoon.
  • Discuss hen and stag night plans with your friends

3 months to go

  • Pick a company and start gift-list window-shopping!
  • Book for a colour (if you get your hair coloured) and a trim
  • Organise a rehearsal and inform those who will need to be there

2 months to go

  • Send out invitations six weeks before the day and keep a list of acceptances (this could be in month 3 maybe)
  • Check that your fiancĂ© has organised the rings, his wedding clothes, and your first-night hotel
  • Try on your whole wedding outfit, including headdress, shoes and underwear. Forgotten anything? Get it!
  • Book any other beauty treatments (nails, fake tans, etc.)

1 months to go

  • Confirm numbers with caterers and do the seating plan
  • Discuss special requests with your band or DJ
  • Order honeymoon currency and traveller’s cheques
  • Visit the hairdresser to try out hairstyles with your veil etc and have your final cut and colour
  • Have your hen and stag nights – after all that running around, it’s time to party!

I hope that this step by step guide has helped you in planning your big day, its all about being organised after all.  We suggest starting off by buying a beautiful wedding diary. Enjoy xx

Jemma-Jade x

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