Because no other part of your wedding countdown can go ahead until you know where and when you’re getting married. Firstly, the venue has to
be available on the date you want to have the ceremony. Once that’s established, you and your wedding partner can go full steam ahead on
sorting the flowers, décor, menu, drinks, music, dress and photographer. But if you start with your vendors, only to find your venue and
date aren’t actually clear, you have to undo all that work and start again. And no one wants that (especially if deposits and cancellations
fees are involved).
We’ve planned weddings for two years in advance and full-on parties in just six weeks. The average is around about a year and engaged couples have to take a lot of things into consideration:
No two weddings are the same but here is a general countdown to the big day.
Choose your date.
Select your venue.
Create your guest list and send out invitations. They don’t have to be printed anymore – some couples send awesome video invitations.
Once RSVPs start coming in, help guests who need to book flights or accommodation.
If you are having a gift registry, consider asking guests not to bring presents to the reception otherwise you’ll just have to fly home with them. Many couples whose lives are pretty much sorted skip registries in favour of donations to their favourite charities. Do you really need another vase or set of side plates?
Meet your Barefoot Beach Weddings’ planner and start considering packages based on the size of your guest list. The more people you have, the more cocktail-style it will be. Our planners can meet over Skye, email, Zoom, FaceTime, phone or even in person, whatever works.
Start considering photographers, videographers, DJs, florists and a baker for your cake – luckily, we have a full team of trusted partners so you don’t have to sift through stacks of dodgy options.
Ask attendants like your best man and bridesmaids if they’ll do the honours.
Think about whether any children will be attending and what they will do during the ceremony.
Thank people for any gifts you receive.
You should be wrapping up your dress and have had a trial hair-and-make-up session done. Bouquet design will be finalized. Music will be decided: first dance song, any special requests, a song for your parents to dance to and your favourites to get the party started.
Have your hen party or stag do – you want enough time to get over the hangover!
Get any beauty, hair or spa treatments done in advance. Yes, you may want them on the day to ‘relax’ but there’s nothing relaxing about highlights that came out wrong or an allergic reaction to a face peel. Give yourself a few days in case there are any mishaps that need fixing.
Final dress and suit check.
Check that your flights, accommodation, rental car etc are all in order. Remind your attendants of their duties and any special requests
Get dressed, rock up, and say ‘I do’ - whatever else you do, HAVE FUN!
Congrats on your engagement! One of your first wedding decisions is deciding where to get married. If you’re choosing a venue, read our professional wedding planner’s 5 top tips.
Before you stress yourself out about all the little things that can go wrong on your big day, remember there are only five minutes that really, truly matter.
Absolutely all the things you need to know about planning a wedding and getting married Down South in the Margaret River region.