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The perfect "I Do": Our essential guide to a stress-free wedding

Updated: Jul 15, 2020

Things to do as soon as you become engaged

  • Share your good news with your immediate family and friends {Framily}

  • Arrange a family meeting involving both sets of parents

  • Start marriage counselling

  • Start saving extra and set a wedding budget

  • Allocate tasks and who is responsible for it

  • Arrange a first meeting with your Sheikh or Imam, minister or priest, registry office or civil venue to set a date for your wedding

  • Send ‘Save the date’ notifications all guests

  • Make appointments with bridal boutiques and suit couture

  • Decide with your partner your witnesses, bridesmaids and groomsmen.

12 months before the big day

  • Announce your engagement to your extended framily

  • Optional: set a date for your engagement {or traditional} party

  • Think about the type and size of of wedding you'd like and create a guest list 

  • Start looking at venues and options

  • Think about wedding theme and colours

  • Select your bridesmaid and groomsmen

  • Send out save the date cards, messages or emails to guests

10 months before the big day

  • Decide on your venue and pay deposit

  • Book your Imam, registrar or cleric

  • Purchase wedding insurance if you need one

  • Consider hiring a wedding planner or assistant if you need one at BeJustFab1

  • Set up a messaging group to keep your friends up to date about your wedding

  • Decide and book photographer (and videographer)

8 months before the big day

  • Order your wedding suit and dress as well as accessories

  • Order your brides maid and groomsmen outfits and accessories

  • Decide and book a wedding caterer, florist, transport, cake maker and honeymoon

  • Contact BeJustFab1 if you need them to hire furniture or linen

6 months before the big day

  • Decide where to book accommodation for your & your guests wedding night

  • Order wedding favours from BeJustFab1

  • Set up a gift list or Aso ebi

  • Decide and order stationery, rings etc

  • Keep an eye on your diet and weight

  • Sort out your honeymoon arrangements if you are having one

4 months before the big day

  • Order bespoke dressing gowns from BeJustFab1

  • Plan your stage do and hen night

  • Decide and order gifts for each other, your parents and anyone else in the wedding party you'd like to treat

  • Purchase or make your decorations from BeJustfab1

  • Book your transport

3 months before the big day

  • Go for your first wedding dress fitting

  • Have a meeting with your videographer & photographs and discuss your must-have shots

  • Meet your Caterer to plan the wedding menu

  • Send out your wedding invitations & reminder messages

  • Arch out your order of service details

  • Start drafting your speech and vows

2 months before the big day

  • Have more marriage counselling

  • Double check your priorities with your partner about your future plans. i.e when to start a family, careers, housing etc

1 month before the big day

  • Book a house sitter to take care for your plants, pets or children while on honeymoon

  • Have another gown/suit fitting and arrange a collection date for your wedding it

  • Finalise details with your vendors so that they know what they're delivering, where and what time.

  • Send your order of service/programme of event to printer or hire BeJustFab1 to do

  • Reply wedding gifts with thank you cards

  • Order a wedding guest book or sitting plan for display

  • Finalise seating arrangements and design place cards or hire BeJustFab1 to do

  • Confirm head count with caterer

  • Take your pre-wedding photo shoot

  • Try on your wedding accessories before the big day

  • Have a wedding rehearsal

  • Finalise your song lists with your DJ or wedding musician

3 days before

  • Confirm wedding day transport

  • Treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure

  • Arrive at your hotel with your wedding party

  • Ensure parents and close family stay has checked in too

  • Have a spa day

  • Pray a lot

  • Run through programme and expectations with your wedding party

  • Communicate with your partner, diffuse any last minute nerves

2 days before

  • Run through roles and responsibilities with your wedding party (e.g. greeting and seating guests, checking vendors)

  • Make sure all wedding wears are packed or laid out

  • Confirm arrival time with hair stylist and makeup artist

On the day

  • Allow plenty of time to get ready

  • Ensure photographer and videographer are with you and your partner

  • Immerse yourself in the day, enjoy every moment and relax

  • Carry your partner along

After the wedding

  • Post your thank you cards and messages

  • Stay in touch with your photographer and/or videographer as they work on finishing your videos, photos, album and/or DVD

  • Pray a lot

  • Reminisce on your day of joy with your partner

  • Open your wedding gifts

  • Get ready and go on your honeymoon

After the honeymoon

  • Have a thanks giving service if you want one

  • Have your wedding outfits cleaned and preserved

  • Call and thank all/most family and friend that attended your wedding

  • Arrange to change the surname on your driving licence, passport, bank etc, if necessary.

  • Review and receive your shoots and clips with your videographer and photographer

  • Arrange a watch party with your wedding guests

  • Carry on with marriage counselling

  • Practice positive attitude always

  • Go on dates

  • Fall in love over and over again

  • Stay in love

  • Attend marriage seminars with your partner

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