• Natalia Langsdale

How to Plan Your Wedding During Confinement

Getting engaged is the most beautiful moment to relish, but what is even more exciting (in our minds at least), is the next step...


The wedding planning part!




What most couples have a hard time with is finding the time to start the process. What better time to do so than now! In confinement you have bundles of time, meaning it is even more achievable than ever to sit down together with your partner or with a stack of wedding magazines and your laptop to get inspired.





Here we are in a challenging time but let's make the best of it and use the time on our hands to plan your nuptials. Now, if there will be hiccups with the date, fret not, the wedding community is extremely understanding and flexible, with solutions aplenty to be sought. And who said a virtual ceremony was not hot to trot!?!


WEDDING TIMELINE





To help you on your way, we have created a wedding timeline for you. From advice on everything to setting the date, to finding your dream venue and cementing the wedding theme - let's start the clock at 12 months prior to D Day.


Remember: budget is going to be your absolute number one priority to be sure of prior to beginning so take the time to think about that carefully with family and your partner.




12 MONTHS TO GO


  • Announce your engagement!

  • Book the church or civil ceremony venue

  • Book reception venue

  • Book registrar if civil ceremony

  • Start looking around for wedding dress inspirations

  • Think about possible venues and themes





11 MONTHS TO GO


  • Work out your wedding budget

  • Compose your guest list

  • Visit bridal stores to look at and try on gowns

  • Book caterer

  • Book DJ or band

  • Book photographer





10 MONTHS TO GO


  • Choose and order your wedding dress

  • Select bridesmaids, best man and ushers

  • Choose and order outfits for attendants

  • Set honeymoon budget and start looking at brochures





9 MONTHS TO GO


  • Register for wedding gifts and come up with a list

  • Confirm menu and drink choice at reception

  • Choose and order headpiece, veil, gloves and shoes

  • Confirm orders for wedding day attire

  • Find a florist and choose flowers for bouquets, buttonhole and venue decor





8 MONTHS TO GO


  • First wedding dress fitting

  • Decide on music/ hymns and readings/ poems at ceremony

  • Order invitations and wedding stationery

  • Start to research wedding rings




7 MONTHS TO GO


  • Arrange dress fittings for bridesmaids

  • Book transport from ceremony to reception for you, parents and attendants

  • Buy any bridal accessories

  • Order confetti or rose petals for guests





6 MONTHS TO GO


  • Order outfits for groom, best man and ushers

  • Select and order wedding rings





5 MONTHS TO GO


  • Arrange for wedding cake order

  • Sort out place cards for table and any order of service

  • Confirm rehearsal dinner if necessary





4 MONTHS TO GO


  • Write or choose wedding vows

  • Buy/rent groom's accessories

  • Book first night's hotel

  • Book honeymoon and pay deposit

  • Buy honeymoon clothes





3 MONTHS TO GO


  • Make appointment with hairdresser to discuss hairstyles

  • Make appointment with makeup artist to try different looks

  • Book wedding rehearsal - usually for a few days before the big day

  • Create any maps or hotel info you want to send out with invites





2 MONTHS TO GO


  • Send out all wedding invites

  • Try on your whole wedding outfit - the dress, shoes, veil and accessories

  • Arrange final pick up or delivery of dress

  • Buy or make wedding favours and gifts

  • Check groom has organised his clothes, buttonholes, wedding rings





1 MONTH TO GO


  • Finalise seating plan

  • Hen and stag dos

  • Confirm music selection

  • Confirm delivery of flowers

  • Confirm arrangements with photographer

  • Hair and makeup trials





1 WEEK TO GO


  • Pack honeymoon bags

  • Pick up wedding dress





Now breathe...

WE INVITE YOU TO PRINT OUT THE BELOW SUMMARY CHECKLIST AS A TOOL TO KEEP YOU ON TRACK AND GUIDE YOU ALONG THE WAY









We recommend you enter the key steps in your diary (on the phone or a physical diary) and refer back to it as you proceed on the wedding planning journey.


Naturally if you have a wedding planner like us, we will be there to guide you and send reminders.


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CREDITS


Photographer Jérémie Bertrand | Photographer Thomas Audiffren | Wedding Dress Designer Geraldine Daulon Paris | Hair Styling Kellee's Hair Design | Makeup Allure Makeup | Jewellery HRH Joaillerie | Wedding Stationery Intricate Creations | Wedding Cake Cécile Sweets | Flowers Roni Fleurs Monaco | Bridal Bouquet Dandelions & Grace | Wedding Ring Box Voeu du Coeur | Yacht for Charter SILVER DREAM with Burgess | Château Saint Martin & Spa, Vence | Wedding Planner My Riviera Weddings


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