Getting married? Welcome to part two of our wedding checklist



A huge amount of preparation and planning goes into the perfect wedding day, and thinking about all the details well in advance is the best way to avoid stress and slip-ups nearer the time. If you missed part one of our wedding checklist, which covered the initial planning such as choosing your engagement ring, making the announcement, deciding on the ceremony and budget and finding a venue and wedding officiant, you can view it here. Popular venues get booked up very quickly, so once you’ve decided on a date and a location make sure you get it confirmed as soon as you can,as it’s difficult to make some of the other choices before you know venue details.

Around 9 to 11 months before the wedding:

  • Start looking at dresses. Remember your perfect dress may have to be altered, so don’t leave it too late before you make your choice.
  • Investigate suit hire and decide on colour schemes
  • Check out photographers – word of mouth and personal recommendations are the best ways to find the right person. Your venue will also normally have a list of trusted suppliers that they’re used to working with.
  • Decide on entertainment, such as live music, and check availability
  • Look into catering, florists, transport and cake makers
  • Finally, discuss with the venue any requirements such as decoration,  tablecloths and table arrangements, and decide who is going to do what.

If you’re looking for something unusual for your wedding, at the Swettenham Arms we have a stunning lavender meadow that’s perfect for creating those photo opportunities. Our Lovell Suite holds up to 150 guests for the reception and we can also offer outdoor marquee options during the summer. We’re also fully licenced for civil ceremonies. To find our more, visit our Cheshire weddings page

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