Countdown to ‘I Do’—Quick guide to wedding preparations


Wedding planning is exciting and exhilarating at the same time. To save you and your spouse-to-be from all the related stress, it is best to do the wedding preparations as early as a year before the intended wedding date. Here’s a helpful guide on how to do effective wedding planning, courtesy of BG Wedding Experts.

12 months prior
How do you want your big day to be? Now is a good time to put up the planning team, which may include a wedding consultant. Set the wedding date and consider the possible venues. Also take the pen and paper to start listing down possible important guests. Coordinate with your parents to avoid the usual dilemma of having last-minute guests, as insisted by the bride and the groom’s parents.

10 months prior
Start planning the reception. What type of food and entertainment would you want to offer your guests? The floral décor is another consideration. To avoid any hassle along the way, hire the right people, interview possible suppliers, book wedding professionals, and finalize registry for gifts. Now is also the right time to think about your wedding gown and consult with a couturier to determine the right design for your body type.

7 months prior
Book ceremony musicians if you need to secure their schedule. Order your bridesmaids’ dresses and begin planning your honeymoon. Thus, you should start booking flights and accommodation in advance if you want to get only the best deals. And at this time, start sending out your save-the-date cards.

5 months prior
Choose and order the wedding cake of your choice. At the same time, it is the best time to shop for wedding invitations based on your chosen wedding theme. And finally, buy your wedding rings so those will not get in your way as the big day nears.

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3 months prior
The groom must already have purchased or rented a formalwear. The wedding day transport must be finalized—whether you are going for a limousine or a vintage car.

2 months prior
Book your stylist and start trying out hairstyles and make-up for your wedding day. The trial run is always advisable so you know which look you would stick with. By this time, you also should have sent out all your invitations, written your wedding vows, and purchased presents for your parents, for your attendants, and for your would-be-spouse.

1 month prior
Initiate the application for your wedding license. Do your gown fitting and make sure all your bridesmaids have their respective gowns ready. Having last-minute changes with any of your suppliers? Do those not later than this period.

2 weeks prior
Review your final RSVP then personally call those invited guests who have not yet responded. Set a meeting with your photographer and videographer to discuss your preferred shots for the wedding. This is also the right time to get your pre-wedding haircut or hair color.

1 week prior
Finalize the official headcount and let your venue and caterer know. Gather all your suppliers to finalize all the arrangements. Prepare the reception seating plan. Facilitate proper coordination between your ceremony or reception manager and your suppliers for schedules of delivery as well as setup times. Allocate time for your bridal shower and stag party, a way to wind up while the jitters intensify.

3 days prior
Discuss any possible last-minute changes or orders with your suppliers. The groom must have the final fitting and all the groomsmen should have their outfits ready.

1 day prior
This day is as important as the wedding day because all your preparations culminate today. Prepare your payments. Designate a person that wedding professionals and suppliers would contact in case of emergency. Prepare for the final setup of the ceremony. Hand over your marriage license to the officiant.

The big day
Enjoy listening to the ringing of wedding bells. Make sure the best man and maid-of-honor know their tasks. Relax and enjoy the day.

Do you need more tips for wedding preparations? Brides-to-be (and even would-be-grooms) in Metro Manila are invited to attend the Bridal Bootcamp happening at the BG Bridal Gallery showroom on June 24, 2017. There would be special sessions from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. Topics include Wedding Planning 101, Choosing the Bridal Gown, and Knowing Global Themes and Designs. Check out its website for more info.