10 Nov Wedding Checklist made simple
Wedding Checklist ideas
Great news, you are getting married, before you rush out and invest in planning tools and re-invent the wheel have a chat with the ladies in your life who have been here before.
It’s like a walk in the park when it’s kept fun.
A wedding checklist will help make your big day a happy day but don’t become obsessed with the detail, let it evolve, keep it fun and you will enjoy this aspect as well. Involve your partner at every stage and remember it’s a Celebration not a conference.
Today there are some really cool tools available that will certainly make it all a lot easier than it was for your parents.
At Saltcote Place we have a selection of tools that we share with the couples we take on, they can adapt them to fit their own needs and we remain available as needed to assist.
Watch as the list of attendees grows, sometimes you will feel as if you are losing control if you start asking the in-laws and the outlaws “is there anyone else you can think of”.
A simple rule of thumb is do you love them and care about them, are the great fun and you love being in their company? This people go to the top of your list. We all have distant relatives, some are kept at a distance, others are thought of affectionately and seen only at Weddings and Funerals.
Don’t think for one moment that everyone you invite is super thrilled to take three days out of their schedule to attend, and we have all seen Guests who send the text on the day “Sorry something came up”. They fail to understand you have paid for their food and drink in advance, perhaps some accommodation and worst of all there could have been someone you really did want to attend but you invited the wrong person.
OK this sounds harsh but for the best day of your life do you want to risk tempers, tantrums and disappointment ? Of course not.
Pick a table not a side it’s a Celebration
Your venue will know what works and really should be keen to see that you and your guests have the best possible time, after all it’s their opportunity to shine.
Pinterest is handy, you can collate images to help with your theme and share them on facebook with close friends.
There are so many details concerning a wedding that you need to use a wedding checklist to be sure you don’t forget anything important that may ruin the day. Delegate where possible, the best man, bridesmaids can all play their part.
Parents and close family can also be relied upon as touch points for your suppliers, once your Brother knows your choice of music it could be he is placed in charge of organising everything for the DJ unless you are using spotify! Just make sure he knows the remit so he stays on track.
Your list can be tailored for your specific needs and desires which will help you stay focussed on fun. if you feel stress at any point then take a step back and remind those who are stressing you that it’s got to stay light hearted, and fun.
Within six to twelve months before the celebration your checklist should include the actual wedding date and time, the registrar, church or Celebrant and would usually have a good idea about your florist, whilst your catering team were selected a year in advance.
At Saltcote Place Rye we like to invite your photographer to pop in to start thinking about lighting and backdrops, use of scenery and props. Your suppliers will be used to providing proof of insurance and PAT testing for electrical equipment.
Your wedding checklist needs to include other important details such as, choosing who will be in the wedding party and ordering the invitations, you can get some great deals from China but make sure you order well in advance.
You need to pick out a wedding dress and probably for those in support on the day. Give some thought to the attire for the groom and groomsmen. And of course the all important wedding rings.
All of the above are the most major things that you should arrange for as early as possible.
On your wedding checklist be sure to put reminders for details that will be happening closer to the date. At Saltcote Place Rye Wedding venue we have the systems in place to help our couples never miss a key date and try to stay in touch in the year upto the big day so it all feels personal.
About a month to six weeks before your big day you should really have paid for everything, this way you and your suppliers can commit and forget about money. The price you pay is only money, the memories from a well organised event are priceless.
If you can afford it hiring a Wedding Planner can make an amazing different, it may also add about £2,000 to your costs. A master of ceremonies can also serve as a Wedding planner, their skills are extensive and they often have amazing contacts borne from years of experience.
This can take a lot of stress off of you and your family and allow you to relax and enjoy the process and the actual wedding day. Remember your “Friend” who was married last year is not an expert, she may have learnt from her mistakes and can sometimes be a great confidant but at the end of the day it’s your celebration, relax and have fun.
If you do not have a wedding checklist then give us a call or click here for your free wedding checklist and we can help you.
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Now for the end document that gives and indication of timings. You will want to share with your Venue and Catering team as early as possible a Google Doc is an ideal way to share this.
The Day before
Couple arrive at Saltcote from 12:00, settle in and Guests arrive from 14:00 then off to drinks reception unless it’s been arranged at Saltcote.
On the Day
Breakfasts start from 08:30
Hair and Makeup arrive between 08:30 and 09:00
Band and DJ setup in Marquee from 11:00 to 12:00
2.30pm Wedding breakfast followed by speeches
6.30pm Evening guests arrive & DJ starts
7.15pm First Dance
7.30pm Band – first set
8.30pm Evening buffet
9pm Band – second set
10.15pm DJ plays until close
11:30 Carriages arrive ( book taxis well in advance and perhaps Rye Community Transport
12pm Guests Depart
Suppliers and workers times of arrival and contact details
8am hair & makeup: Phone and Email here
9.30am Flowers arrive – florist details here Phone and Email
10am Photographers- Phone and Email here
TBC Caricaturist – Phone and Email here
Magician – Phone and Email here
DJ and Band Phone and Email here