Wedding Advice – The Wedding To Do List – Top Tips From Your Wedding DJ
Weddings are certainly not the easiest of events to organise – but with the service I offer you do get more than just a disco – the wedding reception planner provided is a great tool to help out – and of course I will provide you with any advice you need taking advantage of my many years of experience – help is just a phone call away.
I wouldn’t claim to be a wedding planner but I have most probably shaken hands with more brides and grooms than your local vicar and have many years of experience dealing with a huge variety of weddings. My top tip would be get yourself a small note book, a small as you can get so you carry it around, and write everything you think of in that – it will act as a handy check list and mean that you do not have to remember everything or will not forget anything as it is written in the book – it will be the best £1 you spend on your whole wedding.
Here’s a checklist that you can use for your arrangements – it’s not exhaustive and may include items that are not applicable to your wedding but it is a good starting point to help you out.
- Set a budget with partner (and family).
- Book the church or register office. If your wedding is to be held at a licensed venue you will need to provisionally book the registrar, but you must confirm with them three months before the wedding date.
- Book wedding transport.
- Book photographer.
- Book videographer.
- Draw up wedding guest list, consulting both families.
- Choose the best man, ushers, bridesmaids and page boys.
- Book the reception venue and caterers.
- Book Wedding DJ.
- Book honeymoon, not forgetting peak season is given that name for a reason – it gets booked early.
- Arrange wedding insurance if required.
- Hunt down the wedding and bridesmaids dresses. Remember made to measure dresses will take longer.
- Hire formal wear for the groom, best man, ushers and the fathers.
- Meet and confirm arrangements with the minister. Discuss the service, any readings and your choice of music.
- Book registrar office if appropriate.
- Order wedding stationary ie invitations (day and evening), orders of service, place cards, etc.
- Organise and book wedding flowers.
- Choose wedding rings.
- Order wedding cake. Check with wedding venue if they supply a cake stand and knife.
- Confirm wedding music with minister.
- Finalise your honeymoon plans and check for any visas or vaccinations that may be necessary.
- Book you wedding night hotel.
- Buy honeymoon and going away clothes.
- Set up wedding gift list with shops of your choice.
- Send out wedding invitations at least six weeks before the wedding. Have your wedding present list ready for people who ask for it.
- If presents are sent to you before the wedding send a thank you letter now.
- Provide guests with details of local accommodation.
- Buy presents for the best man, ushers, bridesmaids and mothers.
- Chased up outstanding wedding invitations to enable you to finalise the guest list.
- Work out the seating plan and write out the place cards.
- Ensure wedding clothes will be ready on time (they need to be ready at least one week before).
- Visit hairdresser to discuss styles and book final appointment.
- Check all transportation has been arranged and check the journey time to the church/venue.
- Arrange money for the honeymoon.
- Inform banks, utility companies, insurance companies, driving liscence etc. of change of name.
- Confirm final guest numbers and meal choices to venue/caterers at least 2 weeks before wedding.
- Ensure arrangements for stag and hen nights are in place.
- Checks everything is in place for honeymoon including tickets, local currency, travellers cheques and passports.
- Pack clothes for honeymoon you wont need before the wedding.
- Attend rehearsal for the ceremony and check wedding orders of service have been given to the best man or ushers.
- Arrange practice of hair and make up for the bride.
- The case for your honeymoon needs to be sent to your overnight hotel.
- Arrange for wedding outfits need to be packed and taken home and returned to hirer’s whilst you are away on honeymoon.
- Wedding presents need to be carefully packed up and taken home.
- Arrange for wedding cake to be sent to people unable to attend the wedding.
It’s my intention to provide advise on all these items within this Wedding DJ Blog – check back soon for an update – use the search bar in the top right hand corner to search what you are looking for. If you cannot find what you are looking for send me an email or phone me up and I will help you as much as I can.
Contact John on Tel 01795 429777, Mobile 07895 546183 or by email to discuss your Wedding DJ requirements or more general wedding questions.