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Overwhelmed with the idea of planning a wedding?

As a wedding magician I've been to hundreds of weddings, and so when it was time for me to get married I was able to pick what were, in my opinion, the best suppliers and venues to create a stress free wedding day. This blog is a comprehensive guide aimed at those who have decided to arrange their wedding under a strict timeline, just as we did, but who aren't willing to sacrifice quality or atmosphere. For those with a little more time to play with (1 year+), I would suggest you take my weekly assignments and drag them out over a month. Take your time, relax and search around for your options.


Celebrate well:


The first week is a week of celebration and vision for you and your fiancee. Whatever you do, DO NOT miss the celebration of this happy time; don't let it simply pass you by in a whirlwind of preoccupation, planning and paperwork. You are in love, remember? You love each other. You are going to spend the rest of your lives together. Not just for the duration of an event, but your entire lives.

So use this week to make exciting phone calls. Share your happiness with your nearest and dearest.

I would recommend not putting the announcement of your engagement online until AFTER you tell your close family and friends. Relive the excitement during phone call after phone call before people start contacting you to say "I've seen the post, congratulations."

During this week, I would aim to set the month when you plan to get married. You won't be able to set the exact date in stone until you have checked with your venue, and I certainly wouldn't recommend just choosing the venue because it is the only one available for your day, unless the date is non negotiable.

I have broken down all your decisions over a 6 month plan. This plan is advisory, and so please do feel free to change bits and pieces depending on your priorities.

Your 6 month wedding plan:

Week 1 :

  • Set your week / month
  • Decide on your budget

Week 2:

  • Create a rough guest list
  • Decide on wedding party
  • Start wedding dress research

Week 3:

  • Look at wedding venues
  • Browse for colour, themes and inspiration
  • Book slots to visit wedding dress shops

Week 4:

  • Choose the venue
  • Register the marriage
  • Start researching bridesmaids dresses

Week 5:

  • Tell your wedding party!
  • Send out save the dates

Week 6:

  • Book photographer / videographer
  • Start trying on wedding dresses

Week 7:

  • Book the caterer

Week 8

  • Buy the dress!
  • Decide who will do your fittings and alterations
  • Research flowers and decorations

Week 9

  • Book your entertainment

Week 10

  • Source a hairdresser and make-up artist
  • Decide upon a DJ or live music for the reception

Week 11

  • Choose a cake
  • Register for a gift list

Week 12

  • Stationary - invites, order of service, guest book etc

Week 13

  • Book the honeymoon

Week 14

  • Find suitable transport for the day
  • Buy the rings

Week 15

  • Buy the bridesmaids dresses
  • Buy the suits for the groomsmen

Week 16

  • Choose your favours
  • Have the bridesmaids try on their dresses

Week 17

  • Stag do plans
  • Hen do plans

Week 18

  • Send out the invites

Week 19

  • Create a seating plan
  • Choose the song for the first dance

Week 20

  • Make up and hair trials

Week 21

  • Speeches and vows preparation 

Week 22

  • Dress fittings for you and your bridesmaids
  • Check stationary supplies

Week 23

  • Write speeches and vows
  • Decide on the layout for the ceremony - songs etc
  • Set the rehearsal date

Week 24

  • Check in with suppliers and send over 'day-of' plans

Week 25

  • Stag and hen dos

Wedding Week

  • Relax
  • Have quality time together
  • Get lots of early nights

Come back next Monday as we look at how to set a budget! 


Much love, 

Iain Bailey