How to Plan a Wedding?


A question with a very wide range of answers- How to Plan aWedding? We have suggested timings and tasks below but these are not rigid- it is your wedding so you can do things your way!

12+ months before

First of all a great way to envision your ideas if with a folder/ Pintrest Board and a planner. This will be your holy grail for the run up to you wedding. Another useful tool is WeddingHappy an app available for iPhones. This helps you create and track your budget, your suppliers and upcoming payments.

Decide on your wedding date

Decide on day/ evening guest numbers

12 to 9 months before

Hire your suppliers

Think about the menu you’d like to have for you wedding breakfast

Decide on the type of entertainment you would like

9 to 6 months before

Finalise your wedding breakfast menu

Think about the music you would like for the ceremony and first dance

Start planning and book your honeymoon

6 to 4 months before

Create rehearsal dinner guest list

Check the status of your invitations

Envision your wedding cake and meet with a designer

3 months before

Finalise your guest list and chase RSVPs

Finalise your wedding menu and cake selection

Order additional stationary- menu cards, place names, programmes and order of service

2 months before

Check in and confirm details with suppliers

Send the final guest list/ head count to the caterer

Create the Table Plan

1 month before

Confirm and check in with all of your suppliers

Obtain marriage licence

Send ‘must have’ shots to photographer and videographer

1/2 a week before

Pack for your honeymoon

Groom: get your hair cut

Check and confirm all details

Day before

Drop off decorations etc. at the Venue

Wedding Rehearsal

Get lots of sleep!

Post Wedding

Write and send thank cards

Preserve your wedding dress/ flowers

Follow up with your photographer and videographer

Now we know there isn’t only 3 things to do in each time frame but if you want to find out more you can check out The Wedding Tribe online planning website, where you can find PDFs and more to help you plan!

Kind Words


"We had our wedding at Thief Hall and it was perfect right down to the last detail. The entire team at Thief Hall are amazing! Thank you so much for an unforgettable weekend!”
- Wayne & Louise Morton

“We have had the most wonderful time here, celebrating our wedding! Everyone has been fantastic and the cottages are utterly stunning; everyone of our family and friends loved it. Thank you so much for making our wedding so special!”
- Danielle & Steven Bell

“I don't know where to start!! The most perfect venue for our wedding! A total blank canvas to work with and so much scope to make your wedding personal!”
- Lizzie James

“What can we say! Jess and Phil are outstanding! The attention to detail, support and service from the day we booked 18 months ago right up until now has been faultless.”
- Dan & David Whitelock

“OMG! Me and Ollie have had the best wedding ever, you have made it just perfect. Jess and the team, we could not have asked for more. Thank you se very much from the bottom of our hearts. All of our love and thanks xx”
- Ollie & Chelsie Anderson

“To Jessica, Katy and all the amazing team, Thank you so much for all of your help to make our wedding day so special! You helped everything flow so smoothly and couldn’t have been more helpful and attentive. All our guests loved a Cottages and it made such a difference celebrating with everyone together all weekend. Thief Hall is a really stunning venue and you and the team do an amazing job making the wedding is truly spectacular for everyone. Thank you for all your hard work”
- Caroline and Paul

“To Hannah and Jess, Thank you very much for everything. Our wedding couldn’t have gone any smoother, there wasn’t a single hair out of place you were amazing. Everyone of our guests complimented on the venue and the way everything was arranged and organised. This weekend has just been magical. We are both still on cloud nine. It has been a photo of a wedding from start to finish. A big massive thank you to Jessica, you are a dream. You have made this weekend the happiest of our entire life. You are a superstar, Hannah, you looked after Stevie and I from start to finish, we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding planner. You kept me calm throughout the day and always check that we had everything in hand. Once again thank you for the special weekend/wedding day XXX”
- Debbie and Stevie

“Jessica and all in the amazing team at Thief Hall, what can we say? Thank you so much for an amazing weekend. Our wedding was everything we dreamed of and more. You guys were amazing from start to finish & we can't thank you enough. For such a popular venue with weddings more weekends and mid-weeks you do everything to make the bride and groom feel so special. There were so many extra thoughtful touches that made the weekend so special. Jess, You are some kind of wizard in keeping the day running so smoothly and thinking of things that we completely over looked. Our guests had the best day yesterday and those staying in the cottages and glamping tents all said how wonderful everything was. The welcome hampers are a lovely touch. We can't wait to come back and perhaps have a slightly more relaxed stay!  Thank you SO SO much!!!!”
- Gavin and Helen

“Thank you so much for all the hard-work over the last 9 months and for always being there for us with any query or question we had! This weekend has been a dream come true (a wacky very colourful dream but a dream of ours!) and your "blank canvas" made the perfect backdrop for it all to take place! From dropping of car loads on the Thursday to supporting us on the Friday, from stealthily making out day run like clockwork to allowing us to stay an extra night on the Sunday to enjoy the beautiful sunset! you guys have all been amazing! We thank you all a million times over!”
- Sam and Will

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