Because I Love You Bridal Centre

Planning Your Special Day

First Steps
The first thing you will plan for your wedding is the budget. Talk between yourselves and your respective parents about the kind of service you would like. You will find that you parents will be of enormous help to you in discussing the budget. On your very special day you will want the best of everything, so plan carefully the style and tone of the day.

When you have decided, visit your vicar/priest or registrar and make arrangements for your marriage ceremony. They will be of great help to you both, and explain everything you will need to know about walking up the isle and say ‘I do’. If you wish, a rehearsal can be arranged to set your minds at ease and to assure you that it will all be perfect on your wedding day. Take this opportunity to apply for a marriage licence if necessary.

Now might also be the ideal time to decide on who you will ask to be ‘Chief Bridesmaid’ and ‘Best man’

18 – 12 Months
Once you have decided the date and place of your wedding. It is important to remember the following points. in descending order your family and friends will generally remember the following:

1. How beautiful the bride looked
2. How wonderful the ceremony was
3. The reception

Think about is. Now is certainly the time to be choosing carefully both your wedding dress and your reception venue.

Other important things to be arranged now are as follows:

1. Book the photographers and videographer
2. Book the transport
3. Book the toastmaster if required
4. Decide on the number of guests and make a list
5. Order the invitations
6. Book the honeymoon and apply for passports
7. Decide on the bridesmaid and ushers
8. Order the wedding cake

You have now put in place an excellent framework for the build up to your big day. Hopefully, you now have a team of professionals all working towards making sure it is a day to remember, and for all the right reasons.

6 Months
Time for some fun! Lets organise a wedding present list. (Don’t forget that a lot of stores will now help you with this.) Having already organised your dress you will probably have a colour scheme in mind for the bridesmaid dresses. Now is the time to be co-ordinating these as well.

Once the colour scheme has been decided it is probably time to start ordering the flowers for bouquets, church and reception if required.

Other items to arrange now are:

1. Hire of the suits for the bridegroom, best man, fathers and ushers.
2. Initial fitting of the dress
3. Choosing the wedding rings.

While your on the phone, now might be an ideal time to organise appointments with your hairdresser and beauty salon, to make sure you look at your most beautiful on the big day.

3 Months
Now is the time to be sending out the wedding invitations. This would also be the ideal time to be escorting the ‘mums’ into town to organise their outfits (Don’t forget the hats!)


1. Choose the hymns and choice of music
2. Arrange for the ‘Order of Service’ sheets to be printed.

6 Weeks
You should now be fairly well organised and in the envious position of sitting back and relaxing for a couple of weeks in the full knowledge that there are a whole host of people out there worrying on your behalf. However, on your one weekend off between now and the big day, it might be an excellent idea to nip out and choose some presents for the bridesmaid, and perhaps some flowers for the mums.
4 Weeks
The pace is starting to hot up now.
its time to see whether everyone else has been as organised as you.

1. Confirm the reception venue booking, and numbers attending.
2. Confirm details with the photographer.
3. Confirm the wedding cars
4. Confirm details with the florist and give final numbers for buttonholes
5. Confirm travel and hotel bookings for the honeymoon. N.B Check passport.

10 to 7 Days
If you haven’t organised a rehearsal of the ceremony now might be a good time to meet with the best man, bridesmaids and ushers to finalise arrangements and responsibility.

1. Practise your make up
2. Take the headdress to your hairdresser.
3.Give the ‘Order of Service’ sheets to the vicar.

And perhaps most of importantly of all,


One Day To Go
Try and delegate as much as possible. Have your beauty treatment, finish off any packing that still remains to be done for the honeymoon, lay out your wedding and going away ensemble, relax and put your feet up.
The Wedding Day
Assuming a 2 pm wedding, the brides timetable will run something like this:

8.00am Have a shower or relaxing bath
8.30am Have a good breakfast
9.00am Polish your nails
9.30am Hairdressers
11.00am Best man arrives to collect luggage/greeting cards/telegram
11.30am The bridesmaids/pageboys arrive
12.00pm Make up
12.30pm The bride and bridesmaid dress
1.00pm The photographer arrives
1.30pm The first car takes the mother and the bridesmaids to the church. The bridesmaid then wait in the church entrance
1.45pm The second car takes the bride and her father to the church
1.58pm Wait in church entrance and line bridesmaids up behind you. The verger will greet you.
2.00pm The ceremony. GOOD LUCK