Winter wedding

What to expect when planning your wedding

Congratulations, you’re getting married!

Planning a wedding yourself can feel like an overwhelming task, and knowing quite where to start can often be the hardest part.

To help you with the key steps in your wedding planning journey, we’ve put together a planning timeline to provide some guidance…

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To Start

  • First things first, you will need to make a decision about when and where you would like to get married….

The UK or overseas? A beach wedding or a country house? Summer nuptials or a winter dream? The choices are endless!

The year and season will influence a lot of your choices from food served at your wedding breakfast to the colour scheme, so it’s important to give it some thought.

  • Discuss your venue must-haves, research venues and create a shortlist.
  • Visiting your shortlist of venues is key, so book your appointment, take a closer look and get a feel for the venue and the team who will be delivering your special day.
  • Once you’ve chosen your favourite venue, all that’s left to do it book the date! A big milestone to tick off, and from here, the details can start to take shape.
  • At this early stage we would recommend ALWAYS organising wedding insurance, just in case!⁠

12-18 months before

  • Where does every newly engaged person go for wedding inspiration… Pinterest! Gather ideas and create mood boards. Let the ideas flow as you  decide on centrepieces, flowers and all the other special details of the day!
  • Speak with your venue about their recommended suppliers and allow them to provide ideas that you’ve never even thought of! 
  • Now is the time to book your church or registrar. 
  • Finalise your guests list and send your save the dates! 
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6-9 months before

  • Whether you’re opting for a mini-moon, a classic honeymoon, a family-moon or a mega-moon, it’s time to research and book your first trip as newlyweds!
  • As your wedding date gets closer, it’s time to send out your official invitations. Sending them out this far in advance will allow your guests ample time to RSVP and for you to confirm numbers with your venue
  • Clear a space in your calendar – it’s time to choose your wedding rings!
  • 9-12 months out, is also the time to go wedding dress and suit shopping, as well as choose wedding party attire, including bridesmaids dresses and groomsman suits. Don’t forget the wedding shoes and  accessories! 
  • 6 months prior to your wedding date, you will have the opportunity to try the menu you have selected for your wedding breakfast! At Moddershall Oaks, this is included in the cost of our standard wedding packages.

3 months before

  • With the wedding countdown well and truly on, you will now be finalising all suppliers and details of your day!
  • Hair and make-up trials are a great idea at this stage too
  • 3 months out, we will invite you to meet with a member of the Event Planning team, to go through every detail of your wedding so you can relax on the day knowing that everything will be taken care of.
  • Wedding flowers should also be ordered by this point, before you head off to have fun on your hen / stag do!
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The Big Day

The time has finally arrived to get married! After all of your hard work and planning, it’s time to enjoy your special day and be present in the moment!

Relax and celebrate your marriage and let our team give you the most beautiful memories you will cherish forever!

Planning a short engagement? No problem! The timetable provided here is a good indicator of the things you’ll need to consider, but it’s a guide only. 

No matter if you’re planning your big day yourself or you have the assistance of an official wedding planner, we are here to help however we can, either on the phone or in person.

Finally enjoy your Mini-moon overnight spa break, the best way to start married life!