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From the moment he 'pops the questions' and you agree on a potential wedding date the clock is ticking. Like all good plans they tend work the best if everything is not left to the last minute. As this is likely to be one of the most important days of your lives it deserves extra planning and thought. Firstly, buy a dairy specifically for your wedding planning. Create a checklist of exactly what needs to be accomplished by what date. Below are some things that are likely to appear on that list:

Compile a provisional guest list to establish an estimate of guest numbers for the ceremony, day and evening receptions. Remember this is your day and you do not have to invite everybody that you have ever had smallest of contact with.

If getting married in a church, visit the minister and provisionally book the wedding date.

If getting married by civil ceremony at a register office, provisionally book the register office.

If getting married by civil ceremony at a licensed venue in England or Wales, provisionally book The Superintendent Registrar to attend the licensed venue.

Provisionally book venue or marquee for reception.

Provisionally book your first night hotel room/bridal suite.

Confirm provisional bookings when the venues confirm availability.

Arrange wedding insurance before paying any deposits etc.

Decide on the type of catering you want, whether it will be a lavish sit down meal, a buffet, or something completely different such as a barbeque or hog roast.
Select your reception menus and book the caterers.

Select and book your photographer and/or Videographers. Ask for references and see their previous wedding work.

Book the evening/daytime entertainment and remember although your preference in entertainment is the most important your chosen performer is likely to be entertaining a wide range of ages and tastes.

Order the cake. Good cake designers can get very booked up and some will need as much as 6 months notice for your wedding

Book Wedding Cars & other transport to and from the ceremony and reception for the bridal party, making sure that you view the actual vehicles that you will have on the day. Take references if possible.

Start to consider the wedding dress that you would like. This could be a designer gown, an 'off the peg' dress or you may consider hiring the dress of your dreams.

Choose wedding attire shoes and accessories for the chief bridesmaid or matron of honour, bridesmaids and any flower girls.

Choose outfits for the groom, best man, ushers and pageboys.

Discuss with both mothers on their choices of outfits and colours and styles.

Decide on the style of flowers you want and the amount of arrangements required to include bouquets, buttonholes, venue and ceremony displays, table centres and gifts for mums.

Visit various florists to discuss your requirements.

Choosing The Right Wedding Products or Services for YOU
Most of us are not professional buyers and for many, ordering major products and services for their wedding may be an tiring and costly business. Below are a few vital tips to follow to make sure you get exactly what you want at the price you want and when you want it.

1. Confirm that the company is available for the date you have in mind before wasting time on those who are not.

2. Always seek references from the wedding service provider and follow them up with a quick phone call.

3. Ask to see a portfolio of work carried out in the past, this may be in photographic form or via their website.

4. If choosing the wedding car for example confirm that the one you are seeing is the one you will be getting.

5. Get a firm quotation, you will not want any nasty surprises later.

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