The Ultimate Checklist for a Greek Wedding in the UK
Planning your Greek wedding whether two years or two months in advance can be stressful. This checklist is a countdown of all the main things you need to do. Wedding planning can be a bit of a headache; coordinating all the different bits and pieces, so we created a full task list of all the things you will need to do, from ring shopping, dress shopping to organising the invitations list etc. The list is a timeline of the things you would need to do leading up to your wedding.
As soon as the BIG question is popped and you are serious about getting married!
Sit down with your fiance to make sure you're on the same page
Draw up a budget
What is the number of guests? - this will affect your choice of venues as its price per head
Pick potential wedding dates - check with close family & friends
Research potential wedding venues and church availability
Enlist any helpers/talented friends of family with aspects of the wedding (for the cake, flowers, dresses etc)
24 to 12 Months Before The Wedding
Visit and book your reception venue and ceremony location
Research potential wedding services and suppliers - photographer, florist, invitations, cake, decor, hair and makeup
Consider and review wedding insurance options
Decide what type of entertainment you want for ceremony, drinks reception and dancing and BOOK them as the chances are they are in demand! www.diastello.com
Research and consider options for your venue and ceremony decor
Start your wedding dress research
Send Save the Date cards - important if you're getting married abroad, or during a very busy time of year
8/10 months before
Research and reserve accommodations for guests
Contact decor hire companies if you need to rent anything for ceremony/reception, such as chairs, tables, and tent.
Order wedding cake
Book Groomsmen’s Suits
Book Pre-Marriage Course
6/8 months before
Book ceremony musicians
Ensure passports are in date for honeymoon - order new ones if necessary
Start planning honeymoon
Start planning Hen & Stag Parties - well not you, the best man and bridesmaids should!
4-6 months before
Choose bridesmaids’ dresses
Choose and order wedding invitations & stationery
Attend pre-marriage counselling, if required (for catholic ceremonies)
Meet with florist to discuss options
Shop for groom's suit
Organise the legalities — give at least 3 months notice to registrar or priest/religious celebrant
Decide on prayers, readings and music for mass booklets — check with your priest / registrar
Organise invitations and order of service booklets
Arrange travel vaccinations if necessary
Organise wedding transport
Start gathering addresses for guest list - create spreadsheet for RSVPs
2-3 months before
Send invitations to guests
Order wedding rings
Rent the men's formalwear
Attend dress fittings
Choose wedding rings
Organise gifts for parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen and each other
Book hairdresser and organise hair trial
Book a makeup artist and go for makeup trial
4 weeks before
Have final wedding dress fitting
Make any last-minute adjustments with suppliers
Finalise details for, and order mass booklets/order of ceremony
Order and plan in-room welcome baskets for out-of-town guests
2 weeks before
Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet responded
Deliver must-have shot lists to photographer and videographer. Include who should be in formal portraits and determine when portraits will be taken
IF YOU ARE HAVING THE FULL GREEK DOUBLE CHECK!
Bits for stolisma such as the red sash/zoni, the kabnistiri, karvouna, dry olive leaves, rose water, sugared almonds with red ribbon, the MUSIC!
Bits for the church such as the ribbon for koumbarous and koumeres, the stefana, the button hole flowers for koumeres and koumbarous, lambades, RINGS!
For the reception you will need pins (For traditional dance) and a bag
1 week before
Give venue/caterer final guest head count
Supply wedding coordinator with a list of supplier requests such as a table for DJ or setup space needed by florist.
Create your table plan
Call all wedding suppliers to confirm arrangements, create timetable for day
Give ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers.
Get manicure, massage, waxing & all your preening and prep
Do full wedding dress rehearsal from underwear to veil
Pack an overnight bag for the reception
Pack for the honeymoon
Organise money to be paid to suppliers on the day
2-3 days before
Make last minute changes to table plan if necessary
Groom: Go for final fitting and pick up your formalwear.
Groom: Ask the best man to make sure all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their outfits.
Confirm pick-up times with wedding car company
Reconfirm final details with all vendors. Discuss any necessary last-minute substitutions.
Drop off place cards, table cards, menus, favours, table plan to reception coordinator
Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding.
Sort out payment for any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception. I.e. Band, videographers, photographers, caterers, venue etc.
Ensure the cake is on track to be delivered to reception venue. Make sure you organise have a knife for the cutting of the cake!
Rehearse ceremony with full wedding party ceremony readers your officiant at the ceremony site to rehearse and iron out details.
Get a good night’s rest
Double, treble, quadruple check your artillery.
The Wedding Day!
Give the gifts for your parents to the best man/bridesmaid for after the speeches
Get flowers delivered to the bride’s house
Give wedding bands to the best man to hold during the ceremony
Give best man the officiant's fee envelope, to be given after the ceremony
Introduce your reception coordinator (Toastmaster/MC) to your wedding planner (if you're having one), or bridesmaid/bestman for questions or problems during the reception.
Assign a family member or attendant to be the photographer's contact so he knows who is who.
Make sure someone is assigned to communicate with the band. www.diastello.com
After the Wedding
Prearrange for someone to return any rentals.
Pre plan for attendants to take the bride's gown for cleaning and return the groom's tux to the rental shop.
Write and send thank-you notes to gift-bearing guests and vendors/ services who were especially helpful. This is always appreciated. www.diastello.com