The FREE Wedding Checklist!

If you’re reading this, it must be you’re now beginning to plan for your big day! This is the fun part, but also can be stressful if not organised! Booking a venue, Choosing your theme, Sending invites, Choosing THE DRESS, entertainment and so much more. 

Timelines for wedding preparation can vary from couple to couple, so setting exact dates on a checklist can be difficult, but following a step-by-step tick list for your wedding can make everything a whole lot smoother. 

You can download and use our 11-step tick list to keep your organisation in check and help you stay organised. 

LOVE Letters – From £175 Our 4ft ‘LOVE’ letters are the essence of romance turned into a radiant spectacle. Each letter stands tall, casting a soft, inviting glow that harmonises with the joyful celebration of your union. These aren’t just letters; they are the beacons of your love story, meticulously designed with bright, energy-efficient LED bulbs that offer an enchanting luminescence to your venue. Whether nestled by the dance floor, welcoming guests at the entrance, or serving as an exquisite photo backdrop, our ‘LOVE’ letters are more than decor—they are a memorable experience. Their timeless design complements any wedding theme, from the ultra-modern to the whimsically vintage, transforming your space into a storybook setting. Mr & Mrs Letters – From £225 Celebrate the beginning of your forever with our ‘Mr & Mrs’ letters, a testament to your newly shared surname. These 4ft symbols of commitment and togetherness are not only an elegant decorative element but also a tribute to the journey you embark upon as life partners. Each character glows with the promise of future happiness, standing as a proud announcement of your marital bond. The letters’ soft lighting adds an air of sophistication to your reception, inviting guests to revel in the essence of your wedding day. Designed with versatility in mind, they adapt seamlessly to any setting, providing a focal point that is both visually stunning and deeply personal. These letters don’t just spell out a title; they encapsulate the essence of the wedding celebration—unity, love, and a touch of grandeur.

01- Wedding Venue: 

Well, you need somewhere to get married, right? Take into consideration about registry office, location, and travel. If you’ve found the perfect venue, but you can’t have the ceremony on-site you need to consider the travel for yourselves, guests, or suppliers if dressing, and audio equipment is needed. 

02 – Wedding Date: 

You’ve found the venue you LOVE! Now plan your date, and confirm if the venue has availability on your date. Consider if a weekday wedding will be more beneficial and ease the pressure financially as you’ll be paying a lower premium. In season, or out of season? Maybe you’re not fussed about tieing the not in the height of the wedding season, but evaluate the risks with the weather. We know the British weather is unpredictable, use a climate average to determine a lower risk of wet weather >> USE MET OFF AVERAGE GRAPHS << 

03 – Save the dates sent: 

Get those save-the-dates out with as much notice as possible! Give your guests time to book time off work, not to plan a holiday, and definitely not to plan their wedding on your big day. You may be looking for a budget option for these, or something a little more personalised. You can find some great ideas on Pinterest, ETSY UK, Or even use a platform called Canva to create, and print your own save the dates. 

04 – Wedding theme/colors:

Colour, theme, style. This is a huge part of your day. The choice of venue can play a huge part in your final theme. For example, if you’ve booked a barn-style wedding venue (Tewinbury farm, Knebworth Barns, Essendon Country Club Barns) you may be looking to add a rustic design to your venue dressing. 

Colour schemes help unify the whole day, from brides, grooms, bridesmaids, and groomsmen. Choosing a colour theme helps bring your venue to life. Again, use a platform like Pinterest to discover ideas and colours, and create your own boards. 

05 – invites sent

Well, not much to add to this one. You’ve reminded your guests, family, and friends to save the date, now it’s time to officially invite them to celebrate your wedding. Remember, numbers can be limited! Some venues will have a capacity for ceremonies, with larger capacities for the evening reception. Unless you have the budget to cater for everyone, be selective about who. It’s one of the toughest things to do, as you don’t want to offend! 

We believe a rule of 3 works well… What’s the rule of three? 

3 generations down the family tree – Keep it to close family & relatives within 3 steps on the family tree. Grandparents, Parents, Aunties and uncles & children. 

3 Weeks since you have interacted – If you don’t usually interact frequently or especially don’t interact with a friend at least every 3 weeks. Still, invite them, but to the evening reception so they can celebrate the evening with you. 

06 – Wedding Flowers:

Time to floral it up! Speak with your desired florist to arrange your floral arrangements. 

The fun begins, grab the girls (or guys) and get shopping! Try it on, get the look, and don’t forget to book your alteration date to make sure it’s perfect just before the big day! 

08 – Bridesmaid/Flower girl dresses:

Match up your bridesmaids to your desire. Shop around those high street stores, keep it local if you can and support small! 

09 – Venue Dressing / Dancefloor / Letters

This is where we step in! Dress your venue in the style that you desire. illuminating your venue with an LED dancefloor, light-up letters, or other wedding production. As an AV supplier & event supplier, we can provide LED dancefloors, light-up letters: LOVE, MR (s) & MR (s), Photobooths for weddings, special effects, like dancing on the clouds and so much more. 

Don’t forget about wall drapings and table dressing, speak to our team about our preferred suppliers who will dress your venue to impress! 

10 – Wedding bands / DJ

Book your DJ, Band, or entertainment! Sometimes, this element of your wedding gets put on the back burner and becomes a last-minute booking. This can become more expensive. Our DJ services at Nextwave mean we can provide package deals to make your wedding day incredible & affordable. 

We have a wide range of multi-genre DJs around Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire & surrounding counties. Whether you’re looking for a general wedding DJ to play the chart pop, dance, or maybe something a little more unique like an Ibiza theme, Bollywood, Irish, Rock, and all the genres in between. 

11- catering:

Most venues take care of your catering, but in some circumstances you may prefer having your own caterers, food trucks, buffets or roasts. 

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