Wedding Planning Advice for Super Busy Brides


0214_JESSICA&DAVID_2018My husband’s niece is getting married. She is a super busy doctor with no time to plan a wedding.

“I have no idea where to start,” she says with despair. “I have no time. I work 12 hours shifts. I’m so busy, I eat my lunch in the elevator at the hospital.”

After 20 years as a wedding photographer, here’s a round-up of wedding advice for my beautiful niece, and other busy brides like her.

One Year in Advance

  • Choose your wedding date
  • Make guest list so you know how many people are coming
  • Make a spread sheet of guest’s address, phone numbers and email addresses (good job for dads. If they do it with Google Sheets, the two dads can work together)
  • Email your wedding guests to tell them your wedding date, and that a paper invite will follow
  • Book the church
  • Book the venue
  • Book limo
  • Book vendors, such as the photographer, videographer, DJ, string quartet, drummers, belly dancers, etc.
  • Ask friends to be in your bridal party

8 Months in Advance

  • Buy a dress
  • Buy wedding rings
  • Order flowers
  • Order wedding cake and sweet table
  • Order invitations

3 Months in advance

  • Send out invitations
  • Rent or buy formalwear for groom
  • Go for makeup trials
  • Book a stylist and try hairstyles

1 Month in advance

  • Apply for marriage licence
  • Bride – try on dress. Get altered if necessary
  • Groom – try on suit if owned. Rent if not. Get altered if necessary
  • Call any guests who have not sent in RSVP
  • Plan reception seating chart
  • Print place and table cards
  • Reconnect with vendors
  • Give limo company pickup times and locations.

2 weeks before

  • Give venue final head count, including photographer, videographer
  • Hair cuts for bride and groom 

1 day before

  • Write cheques for final payments due at the end of the reception
  • Give best man the officiant’s payment, to be given after the ceremony.



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