Planning your special day can sometimes be accompanied by anxious dreams about all the things that could go awry. But fear not, because there’s a silver lining to these nightmares. You can transform them into a meticulous plan that will help ensure your wedding day runs without a hitch. With our detailed wedding checklist, we aim to turn your fears into constructive strategies, making sure your big day is as close to perfect as possible.
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- Use your worries and nightmares as a tool to plan your wedding meticulously.
- Proactively prevent common mishaps by thinking ahead, such as ensuring the best man doesn’t forget the rings or preventing certain guests from causing chaos.
- Be prepared for unavoidable issues with the right wedding insurance.
- Our comprehensive wedding checklist can help steer you clear of typical pitfalls and provide coverage for unexpected surprises.
The Moneyhighstreet Wedding Checklist
1. Wedding attire
Every bride dreams of the perfect wedding dress, but be sure to leave plenty of time to get it made or altered.
The same goes for bridesmaids’ dresses – dressmakers can work fast, but you’ll get the best results if you give them enough time.
Likewise, if the groom, best man and ushers are opting for top hat and tails, choose a reputable rental company and make sure each person has appropriate shoes and shirts – and don’t let them forget their cufflinks.
It’s amazing how many grooms have ended up wearing paper clips in their cuffs!
Loss or damage can happen to wedding attire, so be sure you know how much the clothes are worth – it’ll help you choose the right level of wedding insurance.
2. Wedding Rings
Rings certainly need to be on your wedding checklist and don’t leave buying them to the last minute.
Many couples have been caught out after ordering rings from a specialist jeweller, not realising it takes time for the new rings to be officially hallmarked.
Even if you choose ready-made rings, they don’t come cheap.
So don’t forget them (or let the best man forget them), and whatever else you do – don’t lose them.
And just in case they get stolen, make sure you’re covered for their full worth.
3. Wedding Cake and Flowers
Don’t leave the wedding cake to chance.
Order it from a reputable cake maker, and make sure it’s ready days before the ceremony.
Be particularly careful when transporting the cake, and always place it away from excitable guests – like young children and your tipsy uncle Jim.
The same goes for the flowers.
Only order from a recommended florist, and check, double check and treble check they’ve got the right date and venue!
4. Wedding Stationery
Not all printers are as good as you’d like them to be.
So to avoid shoddily printed wedding stationery, or stationery that gets damaged in transit, be prepared to pay a small premium for a top quality printer – and ask them in advance whether they use export quality boxes to deliver their work.
If they do, they’re likely to be a good firm.
Choosing your wedding photographer is an important decision and needs to be tackled early on as you go through your wedding checklist.
Your photos hold all the memories and key moments of your wedding and so it’s worth taking time to make sure you capture all that you want of the big day and the lead up to it.
There are literally thousands of photographers in the UK and you’ll need to carefully think about how to choose the best wedding photographer for your wedding: consider such as their location, style, experience and personality. Always helpful of course if family or friends can help with a recommendation.
Many wedding photographers work alone as freelancers. And while this can ensure you get good deals on their fees, things can go wrong.
Most commonly, photographers can fall ill on the day of your wedding, and if you don’t have a replacement photographer lined up you can end up paying a fortune to have the wedding photos reshot at a future date.
Photography is one thing you need to get fully covered by your wedding insurance – so if something bad does happen, you won’t end up picking up the bill.
6. Wedding transport
Finding your wedding transport can be a little overwhelming. It might be a brief trip you need or a longer drive, whatever you need to make sure you select the transport that suits you. Do you want a horse drawn carriage, a wedding limo or maybe a classic vintage wedding car?
And it’s not only you as the bride and groom and immediately family you might want to consider, how about any needs for your guests. This may be particularly pertinent if your guests may struggle with parking at your venue.
Having ticked transport off your wedding checklist a final thought: What do you do if your specially ordered Rolls-Royce breaks down on the way to the wedding? Or the bride’s father gets stuck hundreds of miles away and has to get a taxi.
Transport arrangements are one of the most common things to go wrong, so the only way to avoid unexpected bills is to take out adequate cover.
It also helps if you have a friend or relative with a high-end car you can line up in reserve!
7. The dreaded ‘C’ word
Yes, that’s right – cancellation. Not what you want to think about but prudent to do so.
What do you do if members of the immediate family fall ill? Or the reception venue informs you at the last minute that for whatever reason they are no longer able to continue with your booking?
In these circumstances, cancellation can be the only option – and it’s one of those things that can happen to even the best planned weddings.
And if you’re unlucky enough to need to cancel, it can cost you a fortune to rearrange the wedding for another date.
So if you really want to banish those nightmares, think of the very worst that could happen – and insure against against it. Hopefully our wedding checklist will give you a head start.
You’ll not only have peace of mind that things can be put right, but you’ll be able to plan against all the common glitches that happen during wedding planning – leaving you free to enjoy the special day all the more.