This is the best planning advice on how organize the wedding day.

The typical bride is preparing her wedding in 12 months but it can be daunting to decide where to proceed with too many things to take care of. We are starting at 18 months before the big day and working right up to the day itself. Feele free to check out our guides on how to plan a wedding within six months for much shorter timescales.

Write Your Guest List

You can not decide a budget for the wedding until you realize how many guests you like at your wedding. Sometimes, it's a smart idea to ask the bride or groom's mother to help compose the guest list. If you are struggling to whittle down the numbers you might want to consider a no-ring-no-bring rule.

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Provisionally Book a Venue and a Date

Choosing your perfect wedding venue is probably the most important decision of the whole process of planning your wedding. Wedding venues are also booked for a year ahead. Book a selection of place viewings for the most desirable locations, then schedule a date provisionally.

Determine Your Budget

Making a spreadsheet that you can update each time something gets booked is a good idea. It shouldn't take too long as you do your research, and remain realistic.

Appoint Your Wedding Party

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Check whether a church or registrar is free on your wedding date

Book a registrar or celebrant if you're hoping to host a civil or humanist ceremony. Check that the church or recemony venue you want to marry in is free on your venue date. Every parish has different requirements which you'll need to fulfil to get married there.

Consider Wedding Insurance

Like for home and service policies, the costs of wedding policies differ due to the amount of cover you want. Your policy often covers scenarios such as getting damaged to your wedding dress.

Confirm Your Wedding Venue

Now that the church or registrar has been reserved, it's time to confirm booking for the wedding venue. Pay your deposit at the venue and start getting excited about the big day!

Choose Your Theme

The focus on the wedding will reflect you as a person. This may be anything from rustic to festive or nautical travel. We recommend that you create a mood board to pool all your ideas.

Book a Photographer and Videographer

Book a photographer or videographer 16 months before the date of your wedding. Photographers and videographers bring fun to the wedding and create memories that will last forever.

Wedding Band or Book a DJ

Other suppliers that ought to be booked early include your DJ and wedding band. They will be your party's life and soul.

Book Caterers if Needed

If the place doesn't serve, try employing an independent caterer. Dream of the kind of breakfast you like for a wedding.

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Book Your Florist

As long as you learn your theme and location, it's a smart idea to book your florist. There will be lots of florists working on more than one wedding a day. If you have big flower arches ideas and impressive floral installations, there is nothing to lose.

Start to Consider Your Wedding Dress

USA has lots of incredible wedding dress boutiques with vast amounts of choice. Study which boutiques can offer the theme you are searching for or the designer. Book an appointment at a local boutique to see what suits you.

Register Your Intention to Marry

2 months before your wedding you should book and attend a meeting with your registrar. Ceremony details can be booked between one year and three months before the wedding. You have up to six weeks before the ceremony to return your ceremony details.

Send Out Your Save the Dates

This is where truly exciting things get. It is time to send your wedding guests the save dates! Also note – you give these only to invited guests during the day, and not to visitors at the evening. Save the dates will describe your wedding date and whether guests are supposed to accept a wedding invitation or a wedding website. Check out our special favorite save the ideas for the date here, from magnets to bookmarks. I want to share some useful links alongside that helped me organize the wedding day.

Wedding Dress Shopping

Even though you started to think about the wedding dress style that you would like 14 months before the big day, the 10 month mark should see you attending your first wedding dress shopping trip. It gives enough room for improvements.

You will learn your spending before you leave, so purchase some clean, seamless underwear. Trying to go on a weekday when bridalwear shops are busy, and getting ready for hard work, is also a smart plan. Oh, and don't take with you too many people. Having your mum and MOH with you is nice, but no more opinions will just throw you off piste.

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Book Your Bridal Suite

If you haven't exclusively rented a hotel with accommodation, make sure you book your bridal suite at your wedding venue or a nearby hotel.

Book a block of rooms for your nearest family and friends at the same time as doing this so they have somewhere to stay on your wedding night!

Find a Cake Maker

Try to finding someone to make your wedding cake can be done closer to the wedding date than having to be booked from other suppliers. This is because cake makers can have more than one wedding per day to work on. Find a supplier that's based near your wedding venue and creates cakes that fit your theme.

For example, if you go for a rustic wedding, you might want to consider someone specializing in semi-naked wedding cakes. Give them loads of pictures of the cakes you want and go out to see them individually before finalizing the idea.

Meet With Your Florist

You should meet your florist at the 10 month mark to finalize your order.

We would recommend meeting them at your wedding venue, because although you are unlikely to have forgotten anything, they may be able to recommend different ways to elevate your floral design to make the space truly alive.

Decide on Your Ceremony Details

You have had your registrar meeting where a document that helps you to handle the specifics of your ceremony should have been provided to you, and if you haven't have, you can start talking about filling that in. However, don't panic-you can send it off as close to six weeks before your wedding date!

From what song you walk down the aisle to, who's in your bridal party, who's giving you away, who's your photographer, what readings you want and whether you're writing your own vows or using the traditional ones.

Be Ready an Hour Before the Ceremony

One aspect many people do not know regarding their wedding day is that before the service starts they will have to consult with their registrar. This is for them only to check that you are who you say you are.

In your bridal planning house, the registrar will come to meet you 15 minutes before the start of the wedding, or when you arrive at the registry office if you have a car there.

Being ready one hour before the ceremony can allow you room to relax and take some pictures before meeting the registrar.

Gather Your Thoughts After the Ceremony

Your wedding day will be overwhelming and fly by in an instant, so take five minutes after the ceremony to get your thoughts together and take in the fact that you are finally a married couple! It'll be a memorable moment, really.

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I wish you good luck with your wedding planning!