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The ULTIMATE Planning Guide for Your Wedding - 9 Months Out

Start Dance Lessons for First Dance - not many couples can put on a floorshow for their first dance, and most feel a bit intimidated - so why not head this off at the pass and take a few dance lessons. They can be private lessons if you are shy and some dance studios will customised choreography just for you and your wedding song. Some people even include their bridal party in these lessons so they can all get on the dance floor and wow the crowd!

Research Wedding Invitations and other Stationary Suites, which can include things like RSVP Cards & Envelopes, Details Card, Place Cards, Menus, Rehearsal or Welcome Dinner Invitation, and Thank You Cards. You can also consider any other kinds of invitations such a bridal shower/thank you cards, hens night, bucks night etc so they are all in the same theme and style, or these can be done quite separately when they are required. Whilst you might not want to spend a lot of money on your invitations, is a guest’s first impression of your big day -so you do want to set the tone for your wedding. If you're going custom, start working with a graphic designer or stationer now to create your dream suite. If you're going for a less involved route, like templates from Etsy or Canva and printed online by somewhere like Vistaprint - then you can wait until the six-month mark. Invites are usually sent out just six to eight weeks prior to the wedding day.

Start to work out an overall design plan and make a checklist for decor and decorations - Pinterest is great for inspiration. Somethings might already be included by your venue or other hire vendors, however there might be some you need to organise. Some ideas you might want to include are:


  • Welcome Sign

  • Unplugged Ceremony Sign

  • Ceremony Seating Sign

  • Reserved Seating Signs

  • Order of Events Sign or Programs

  • Ceremony Program Display

  • Entry Flowers

  • Aisle Markers

  • Aisle Runners

  • Aisle Chair Decor or Flowers

  • Chair Covers and Sashes

  • Ceremony Arch or Arbour

  • Ceremony Backdrop

  • Alter or Arbor Flowers

  • Ceremony Hand Fans (in hot weather)

Cocktail Hour

  • Bar Menu Sign

  • Canape Menu Sign

  • Signature Drink Menu Sign

  • Centrepieces


  • Centrepieces

  • Candles

  • Lighting

  • Bar Menu

  • Drink Specials Sign

  • Personalised Drinkware

  • Wedding Favours and tags

  • Place Cards

  • Hashtag Cards

  • Table Assignment & Seating Plan

  • Table Number signs

  • Guestbook Table and Guestbook

  • Cake Topper

  • Cake Knife and Server

  • Cards and Gift Table and Sign

  • Dessert sign

  • Photobooth Sign & Props

  • Table Runners

  • Table Cloths

  • Chair Covers and Sashes

  • Menu Cards

  • Remembrance Table Photos and Sign

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