Happy New Year! Here we are in early January, a month where many of you will be celebrating your recent engagement! Or perhaps you've been engaged for some time, but haven't had a clue where to begin with planning your wedding. A really useful tool is a wedding planning checklist or timeline to help you understand what jobs to begin with. Here is our exclusive True Romance Weddings Wedding Planning Timeline to get you off to a great start! 12-18 months before Choose a date Draft a guest list Decide on a budget Book your venue Book a photographer and band Ask your bridal party Celebrate with an engagement party! Already feeling overwhelmed? Book a wedding planner! Contact True Romance Weddings for a free quote! 9-12 months before Find your wedding dress Book suppliers – florist, cake, transport, videographer, ceremony music, DJ Send save-the-dates to overseas guests 6-9 months before Shop for bridesmaids dresses Choose groom and groomsmen attire Book stationery design for invitations, ceremony programmes, menus, thank you cards – contact True Romance Weddings now for a free sample and a very special 10% discount when you mention this Wedding Planning Timeline! Choose hair and make-up providers Book pre-marriage course and notify registrar’s office of intention to marry 3-6 months before Start planning honeymoon, order new passports if necessary Attend pre-marriage counselling Finalise details with florist, tasting with cake designer 2-3 months before Hens & Stags! Finalise wedding invitations and send out 6-8 weeks beforehand Menu tasting at venue Order wedding rings Fittings for dresses and formalwear Hair and make-up trials 4 weeks before Run through details with venue Manage replies from invitations Final dress fitting – bring your chief bridesmaid so she knows how to button/unbutton and bustle up the dress! Practice session with photographer Ensure you have jewellery, underwear(make sure you can't see the underwear under the dress) and shoes (and a change of shoes!) 2 weeks before Follow up with guests who haven’t replied yet and give update to venue Feeling nervous about the first dance? Get lessons! 1 week before Final meeting with venue, update with numbers Make your table plan Manicure, pedicure, waxing – no facials the week of the wedding! Confirm with all suppliers and provide your venue with a list of your vendors Drop overnight bag, favours, wine etc to the venue Pack for honeymoon Organise money for suppliers, tips Rehearsal Relax! If you don’t feel like you could manage all of this by yourself, or if you are planning a destination wedding in Ireland and want a beautiful, stress-free day, contact Caitriona at True Romance Weddings! Another great idea is to book us as a ‘day-of’ planner, where we can help you with everything you need on your wedding day, taking the stress away from you and your family and friends.