Planning your day… when & what to book

Written by Becks


The more you can book and make in advance of your wedding date the more worry-free you will be, keeping the last couple of weeks before your wedding free for any fresh items that you need (as well as to give yourself and your lovely fiancé some important time out together away from the planning and details of your wedding).

Engagements greatly vary in length depending on your own personal preferences and circumstances. Longer engagements give you plenty of time to source, save up and plan but the initial excitement of the engagement and planning can fizzle out when the wedding date seems so so far away. The excitement will soon reignite once you start holding and owning physical items for your day – your stationery, gorgeous dress, accessories and shoes. Shorter engagements really focus the planning and keeps the excitement rolling over straight into your wedding day, (it also avoids over planning / over thinking especially if you are a details person like me!). Words can’t express how much I loved all the planning, sourcing and creating personal touches for our day and seeing it all come together.

Create your perfect handmade wedding in a matter of months:


1. Wedding date

2. Registrar & Officiant

3. Venue/s


ORDER / BOOK 4-5 months+ before your day:

4. Wedding Stationery:

  • Save the date order as soon as you are ready and send out (anytime from 6 months up to a year in advance and beyond )
  • Will you be my… – ask your bridesmaids / maid of honour / ushers / best man / page boys
  • Wedding Stationery Design Collection (invitations, R.S.V.P’s, gift tags, information cards, order of service cover, thank you cards)
  • Table stationery (ORDER 1-2 months before your day) BOOK your co-ordinating design (menu, place names, seating plan, signs, table numbers) at the same time as ordering your wedding stationery so that it’s all in place ready to add your guests names once they’ve returned their R.S.V.P’s
  • R.S.V.P date – minimum 1 – 2 months before your wedding (check when your venue needs final numbers / menu selections)
  • Order of service insert (ORDER 1-2 months before your day)

5. Photographer 

6. Wedding Rings

7. Wedding dress

8. Groom and Groomsmen attire


ORDER / BOOK 3-4 months+ before your day:

9. Flowers (bouquet /posies / buttonholes  / table centre pieces…)

10. Bridesmaid dresses (TOP TIP: if buying online order different sizes of the same dress, as sizes vary greatly)

11. Honeymoon / travel insurance

12. Wedding transport

13. Entertainment (including any music for your ceremony; bridal entrance, hymns and songs, during the signing of the register, as the exit of the wedding party)

14. Wedding cake

15. Hair & make up – trial and on the day


PURCHASE 2-3 months+ before your day:

16. Shoes and accessories

17. Decorations

18. Guest Book


ORDER / BOOK 1-2 months+ before your day:

19. Order of service / insert (decide on the details of your ceremony and ask friends and family to take part with readings

20. finalise details for your Table Stationery



21. Order / Send Thank you cards to your guests (and service providers) – everyone really appreciates a thank you note. (TOP TIP: If ordering after your day why not have them personalised with your favourite wedding photo).



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