ADVICE - A Guide to Wedding Planning 12 to 9 Months Before the Day by GREEN UNION Partner South Farm

26th April 2019


GREEN UNION partner, South Farm, continues to share their wedding planning advice in the second in a series of four monthly posts, each covering a different period of the planning timeline. Today, they take us from 12 to 9 months before the big day, with a list of the key decisions you might be making during this time... 

GREEN UNION partner South Farm share wedding planning tips for 12-9 months before the big day - image by Binky NixonBinky Nixon

12 Months Before

1. Think about your colour scheme and any theme or style you might like for your wedding. At South Farm we offer our couples a beautiful blank canvas to add their own finishing touches, no matter how simple or elaborate! We have had weddings with wonderful themes from vintage tea parties, garden fete and music festival to Alice in Wonderland themed weddings! Or you may want to keep it simple, either way you can enjoy a beautiful barn wedding in the settings.

2. Think about sending out Save the Date cards; these are not essential but perhaps a good idea if you are getting married at a time of year when lots of people might be on holiday or around Christmas time or if you have lots of guests from overseas that might need to think about travel plans to attend your Big Day.

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3. Think about suppliers you would like to use for your wedding; you might like to think about booking your photographer, videographer, florist, stationer, cake maker, stylist/decorator, Master of Ceremonies, entertainment and music. Good photographers in particular can get very booked up. It is worth researching and booking early and your venue should be able to recommend suppliers.

At South Farm we have suppliers in all categories that we can recommend, these are people we know well and have worked with regularly and we are happy to highly recommend – it’s definitely worth thinking about using a photographer who is recommended by your venue as they will know the venue well and be able to advise you about the best places to have pictures taken on the day.

4. You also may want to enlist the help of talented family and friends… if you happen to know a DJ or a florist for example you may want to ask them if they will provide their services for you on the day. At South Farm couples are not limited to using our recommend suppliers though we are very happy to provide recommendations if you need them.

GREEN UNION partner South Farm share wedding planning tips for 12-9 months before the big day - image by Alice CunliffeAlice Cunliffe

5. Shopping for the all-important dress! Research wedding dresses and suppliers and book appointments. This bit is so much fun if you give yourself enough time and aren't under time pressure to make a decision.

6. Look into outfits for the groom, groomsmen and any pageboys and dresses for your bridesmaids and flower girls. Don’t forget also to think about shoes and accessories once you've made your choices!

7. Seriously consider booking wedding insurance for any unforeseen eventualities. 

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8. You will need to think about music for your ceremony, drinks reception, during the meal and your evening party. At South Farm you have the option to play the music for ceremony, drinks reception and meal through our sound system so do check if your venue can do this. Make sure your outdoor wedding venue has the facility to play music outdoors as well as indoors. You may want to put together your own chosen music on a CD or MP3 format. Most couples do book a band or DJ for the evening celebration and these can get booked up early so it’s well worth looking into in advance.

GREEN UNION partner South Farm share wedding planning tips for 12-9 months before the big day - image by Binky NixonBinky Nixon

9. Think about accommodation for your guests. At South Farm we can accommodate 24 guests on site, including the Bride and Groom, and we have additional accommodation for another 6 guests at very local Fenbridge Farm. We can also recommend lots of other bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels in and around the local area for your guests to use.

GREEN UNION partner South Farm share wedding planning tips for 12-9 months before the big day - image of Kanlaya Thailand10. Book your honeymoon! Kanlaya’s Eyrie is our very own unique, romantic and luxurious Honeymoon destination, lying high in the tribal heartland of Thailand’s remote far north-west. Possibly the finest private house west of Chiang Mai, it took us three years to build in a spectacular setting. Set high in the mountainous sub-tropical rainforest with wrap-around views, it's eco chic personified. Perched atop a magnificent garden that falls away through rocky palisades to the river below, there is an opulent honeymoon suite, a water-riven courtyard, a charming Sala and a second guest suite (see the designated website for more details).

Look out for your wedding countdown with 6-3 months to go, published on GREEN UNION next month!


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