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Countdown to your big day

Countdown to your Big day

You're engaged! So, what's next?

Planning a wedding can be a stressful time, so our guide below will help you along the way.


18+months before

Speak to your partner about ideas for your wedding

Ask friends and family for help

Decide on a budget

Decide on when and where you would like to get married (be mindful of holiday seasons)

Pick your bridesmaids and groomsmen

Find your venue- with us you can reserve a date up to 2 years before your big day


12 months before

Think about what rings you both want

Choose officiant

Start planning guest list

Start looking for your dress

Find your photographer

Look into wedding suppliers


6 months to 9 months before

Decide on entertainment - A DJ? Perhaps a band?

Pick your caterer, bar, cake supplier

Book ceremony - ask your officiant for advice

Think about where you would like your gift list to be registered

Book musicians/DJ

Order bridesmaids dresses

Order groom and best men's clothing

Send out invitations

Look into wedding insurance

Check your marriage license requirements

Book hair and make-up trial

Book Stag and Hen parties

Start looking at your seating plan

Order your wedding cake

Start writing vows


3 months before

Trial hair and makeup session

Contact suppliers and venue to discuss any details you may like to alter


1 month before

Stag and Hen dos

Organise registrar fees

Confirm the menu with your caterer

Final dress fitting

Communicate with photographer what style you want

Finalise seating plan

Coordinate with DJ and Band songs wanted for your first dance

Call any guests who haven't RSVP'd

Finish writing vows

Prepare seating plan


1-2 Weeks before

Contact venue and suppliers to confirm final numbers

Wedding pre-meeting - one of our experiences members of staff will go over the final details of your day and record this on a final arrangements form. This will include your set up information.

Remember to bring your wedding shoes to the pre-meeting!


2-3 days left before

Pick up hired wear

Put finishing touches to place cards, decorations, favours etc.

Treat yourselves!


Night before

Drop off decorations, cake etc. at venue - speak to the booking team to arrange this

Get plenty of sleep, it's your wedding day tomorrow!


The Big Day


Congratulations, you've made it!

Relax and enjoy your day


All at East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust wish you a happy life together.


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