Step By Step Guide To Planning Your Perfect Day Far Far Away

 

So you met the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Organising a day that is perfect takes planning. Where to start? What to do? The first question to decide is where do you want to get married. With so many #weddings now taking place in exotic locations. Why not choose a romantic destination. Far far away. Something that could be as close to your own fairytale. Begin your #weddingplan.

THINGS TO DO NOW
  • Arrange a small celebration to tell your family and friends you’re engaged.
  • Open a wedding bank account.
  • Organise your wedding insurance.
  • Set a budget.
  • Decide what location you are considering.
  • Choose a destination.
  • Research package deals.
  • Choose the key people you want to be involved in the day.
  • Collect ideas and inspiration as you create your wedding mood board.
12 – 6 MONTHS
  • Set the date.
  • Send out save the date cards informing family and friends of the destination.
  • Plan the type of wedding you want.
  • Choosing a wedding planner is optional. If you decide to be your own wedding planner. The key is to be organised. To create a day that will run smoothly from beginning to end.
  • Deciding your wedding package early. From legalities. To the civil ceremony. Now is the time to discuss all these options with the destination. Then agree on a deal once you do.
  • Now that friends and family know you plan to fly away to. Find the stationery you like and want. Then send out invitations.
  • In close conversations with your wedding planner abroad – discuss reception ideas. The photography. Flowers. Cake. Table settings. Decorations. Entertainment. Music. Transport. The finer details for the guests and wedding entourage.
  • Look for your dress.
  • Make a day out with your bridesmaids and decide on their dresses too.
  • Having a wedding far far away means your honeymoon could be part of the package. Book your leave off work.
  • Begin your beauty regime.
9 – 6 MONTHS
  • Confirm arrangements with your wedding destination. And finalise the ceremony and reception. From the menus. And drinks. To the decorations. And seating.
  • Groom to find a suit. And sort out the suits for the best men.
  • Buy your wedding rings.
  • Organise the wedding favours. Then create them.
  • If you choosing a gift company. Get a list.
  • Buy your wedding lingerie.
  • Have your theme set. Draft your decorations to each final touch.
  • Remind guests who are travelling to sort out their accommodation.
  • Finalise your dress fittings.
6 -3 MONTHS
  • Airline tickets should be booked. Issues around how much luggage should all be in hand.
  • Sort out passports and travel insurance.
  • Confirm the guest list and travelling bridal party.
  • Start thinking about your personalised vows if you writing them.
  • Devise the order of service sheets. And thank you cards.
  • Get a guest book.
  • Confirm all you need is arranged for the legalities of getting married away from home.
  • Organise the hen and stag nights.
2 MONTHS
  • Choose gifts for the wedding party.
  • Ensure the unanswered invitations are replied. To inform the venue of the exact numbers.
  • Who’s writing speeches needs to be set.
  • Share your wedding mood board.
  • The final decisions on must-have shots for photographs should be set.
  • Arrange how you want your hair, makeup and style look.
1 MONTH
  • Packing should be well underway if you will be travelling soon.
  • Precision is vital. Have your shoes and accessories. Don’t forget something borrowed…
  • Have a dinner party and rehearsal.
  • Location, theme, flowers, table settings, decorations must all be fixed.
WEEK OF THE WEDDING
  • With your beauty regime complete for the day. From skin to nails to hair. You should be glowing to go.
  • Travel to destination.
  • Know exactly how the day will go, from start to finish. Walk through each step in the entire venue/ location. Complete tasting of starters, mains and dessert.
  • Set up Cake and toasting drinks to be pre-set.
  • All the final touches from ‘how to’ to ‘what if’ need to be confirmed now. Including last minute legal matters to leisurely poses against glorious scenery.
ON THE DAY
  • Get an early start with no rush.
  • Prep of hair and makeup for all the bridal party.
  • Getting dressed schedule.
  • Devise a healthy breakfast for the bridal party.
  • Check all button holes and bouquets. Including the ring holder is ready for all involved.
  • All set to go. Relax. Enjoy yourself. Have the best day of your life!
  • #Congratulations.

The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make – not just on your wedding day, but over and over again – and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife. Barbara De Angelis

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