Your wedding checklist
Planning a wedding is exciting, but it can also be an intimidating task. For lots of couples, it will be your first time organising any sort of event together. Where do you even begin?
As soon as you get engaged…
We’ve helped lots of people through the process, so we thought it might prove useful to pull together a list of everything you need to think about during the journey. Here’s the breakdown:
Flowers and other decorations
Photographer and/or videographer
Live music and/or DJ
Hair and make-up (trials and on the day)
Block book accommodation for guests in a selected hotel
Wedding day transportation
Things to buy/make
Save-the-Date and/or Invitations
Wedding outfits for the couple and wedding party
Presents for the wedding party
Decorations for the reception venue and ceremony space
Jobs to do
Write and send out the Save-the-Date and/or invitations
Keep a record of all replies
Decide who will make speeches and who will do the readings
Design the seating plan
Think about dancing lessons and practise
Make a playlist
Questions to ask your venue
Do I have to use the in-house caterers?
Can you recommend other suppliers to us?
Do you charge corkage?
How long can you hold our wedding date for?
Will there be other events going on during our wedding?
Do we have access to the venue the night before/day after the wedding?
Do you have deals with local hotels?
Can we get married and have our reception with you?
Can guests throw confetti?
Do we get a menu tasting?
What time can you serve alcohol until?
What time do we need to turn the music off?
Do you arrange the registrar?
Where do coupes usually have their photos taken?
Who will look after us on the day?
Do we have to hire furniture and crockery?
Do you have a cloakroom?
This is just the beginning! There are lots of other, more detailed questions you should consider, so we’ve pulled them together in a separate piece here.
Using your task list, create a schedule of timings of by when you need to have completed jobs. Remember, venues can get booked up over a year in advance and lots of wedding dresses need to be ordered nine months before the big day, so do your research when putting together a timeline. Also include in the dates by which all of your bills need to be paid.
Make a list of all of the things that will, or could potentially cost you money. Share this with your venue as they will be able to help you see if there are any areas you’ve forgotten to include.
Weddings at No.11 Cavendish Square
Our event managers would be delighted to book you in for a show round at our central London venue. We have several wedding spaces available for a range of different sized weddings or civil partnerships in both the contemporary and original Georgian part of our venue. Give the team a call on 020 7307 2474 to discuss your dream day.