• Tell your family and friends about your engagement.
• Have a look at your finances and decide on a budget.
• Start putting money aside each month if you can afford to.
• Discuss what type of ceremony you would like: religious or civil.
For more information:IW Council information on getting married on the Isle of WightIW Council information on civil marriages and civil partnerships on the Isle of WightGeneral information on civil and religious ceremonies
Church of England information
• Start researching possible ceremony and reception venues and make appointments to visit them.
For more information:Isle of Wight Council information on premises licensed for civil wedding ceremoniesList of Island churches
• Start putting a together a scrapbook of ideas for your wedding.
• Attend any local bridal fairs to get ideas and see what local suppliers offer
• Choose you bridal party (bridesmaids, flowergirls, page boys, best man/woman, ushers)
• Take out wedding insurance to cover for cancellations, suppliers going into liquidation, damage to wedding attire etc.
• Draw up your guest list.
• Book your church/civil ceremony venue.
• Discuss ceremony options with your vicar if you're having a church wedding, (time of ceremony, flowers,
• Book your reception venue.
• Book a caterer.
• Speak to the local registar if you are having a civil ceremony, to give notice of your wedding.
• Send out save-the-date cards/emails.
• Book a florist.
• Book entertainment for your ceremony/reception.
• Book your wedding transport.
• Book a photographer/videographer.
• Make appointments with cake makers to discuss flavours and the type of cake you want and then order your wedding cake.
• Think about the decor of your venue — do you need to start looking for accessories, lighting, fabric, chair
covers to achieve the look you want?
• Make appointments to try on wedding dresses. Take pictures of the styles, shapes, colours and details
that you like to give them an idea of your preferences
• Order the wedding dress/es.
• Order your bridesmaids' dresses.
• Organise the suits for the bridal party.
• Buy your wedding rings.
• Book your honeymoon and take out travel insurance.
• Choose your wedding gift list.
• Choose your ceremony readings, prayers (for a religious service) and music and check with your
minister/registrar they are appropriate.
• Send out your wedding invitations.
• Brides should buy their shoes and underwear for their first dress fitting.
• Order your stationery.
• Book hair/make-up trials and book appointments for the day.
• Plan your hen and stag parties.
• Book your first-night hotel.
• Have your hair/make-up trials.
• Buy or make your favours.
• Finalise your bouquet and floral arrangements with your florist.
• If you are getting married in a church, it is required that banns are read out in church for three Sundays during the three months before the wedding.
• Confirm your final guest numbers with your caterer and venue.
• Work out your seating plan.
• Schedule a rehearsal if you are getting married in a church.
• Buy your marriage licence from the registrar.
• Have your final dress or suit fitting.
• Finalise your hymns/readings/prayers for a church wedding.
• Write out your placecards.
• Give your photographer a list of must-have shots.
• Buy your gifts for the bridal party.
• Make final confirmations calls with all your suppliers.
• Pack for your honeymoon.
• Arrange for your cake to be delivered.
• Pick your first-dance song and give a set list or suggestions to your band/DJ.
• Have your rehearsal if you are getting married in a church.
• Help to decorate the venue if necessary.
• Have your honeymoon luggage sent to your first-night hotel.
• Have a manicure/pedicure.
• Have a good breakfast.
• Delegate jobs to your bridesmaids, best man/woman or ushers to ensure the day runs smoothly.
• Try to find some time to spend alone with your new spouse during the day.
• Relax and enjoy your day.