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How to plan a wedding in a year: 8 - 9 months to go

Updated: Jan 16

Close up of bridal bouquet with dahlias, dianthus, delphiniums and eucalyptus
Styled shoot at Eaves Hall. Image by Mick Cookson Photography

With your staple suppliers organised, you should have a good idea of how your day is going to look and feel and you’re ready for the next step of getting organised with roles for your wedding party, invitations and most importantly… what will you wear?

If you missed it, I’ve taken you through the first steps of planning your wedding in a year with 12 months to go (or more), and 10 - 11 months to go.

Let’s take a look at the next steps…

Go wedding dress or suit shopping

Yes, you need to go early. Some wedding dresses have a few month lead time and additional time may be required for alterations. Your wedding dress shop will guide you through it all - just go with an open mind to trying all the styles to find the best style and fit for you (you might surprise yourself!). Hire suits and other off the shelf styles do not need as much of a lead time, however it’s nice to get organised so there’s no rushing and, again, if there’s any adjustments required.

Bride stood facing away from camera showing beautiful embellished and tulle fitted wedding gown
Dress Boutique - Brittany Ann Bridal. Image by Mick Cookson Photography

Book your accommodation

If your venue doesn’t include accommodation for yourselves, now is the time to make sure you have somewhere nearby. Also, consider guests who may be travelling far for your big day who made need accommodation - most places allow you to block book for your wedding date.

Designate roles for your wedding

Let your bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc know their part in your big day. Most will be super happy to help with some aspects of the wedding planning, including pre-wedding parties! Remember: you don’t have to have a traditional roles in your wedding party. Many couples have Best Women and Man of Honour. It is your day, your nearest and dearest - you can do it your way.

Invitation flatlay upon a log slice surrounded by yellow and cream flowers and petals
Styled Shoot at Ribby Hall. Stationery by T for Two. Image by Mick Cookson Photography

Order Stationery

Wedding invitations will need to be sent soon to allow guests to ensure time off work and childcare if needed and they can also plan their travel, etc. for the day. Also, if you’d like a ‘Welcome sign’ and/or an ‘order of the day’ and you’d like these to match the aesthetics of the invitation, think about ordering these, or check with the retailer when would be best to order closer to your wedding date so you do not have to store them.

If you haven’t already, book that florist!

Stop putting it off now! It’s best to not book too late!

Stay tuned for the next steps of How To Plan a Wedding in a Year: 6 - 7 months to go!

In the meantime, get in touch for a friendly chat about creating the perfect flowers for your wedding.


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