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Stay on track with planning your Durantie wedding by following this handy guide!  Don't forget you can book your own planning calls at your convenience here...

12-18 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Book your Venue & Hire a Planner: If you're here, it means you've already ticked these first two key items off your list!  Well done on selecting the beautiful Château la Durantie as your wedding venue and I can't wait to help you create your perfect wedding there!

  • Start Guest List: Draft a preliminary guest list to get an idea of how many people you will be inviting.

  • Set a Budget: Determine your overall budget and allocate funds to various aspects of the wedding.  We will do this together on our first planning call.

  • Set a Wedding Timeline: On our first or second planning call we'll set your wedding events timeline.  This is key to enabling you to book your key third party vendors as you need to know what times they should be quoting you for.

  • Start Browsing Key Vendors: There's no reason not to get started immediately on browsing vendors as sometimes they do book up early.  However, don't let this stress you into booking anyone under pressure.  It usually takes until 9-12 months before the wedding to have your complete third party team lined up.

  • Dress Shopping: Depending on where you live, wedding dresses can come with an astounding lead time, so don't leave this big ticket item till the last minute!  Select and order your wedding dress ASAP and start considering attire for the bridal party.

  • Start your Décor & Florals Mood Board: Make use of your Aisle Planner Design Studio to start organising your Pinterest board into a more structured mood board.  Add notes to explain what you love about each image, to ensure you and your chosen florist/designer are on the same page!

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9-12 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Send Save-the-Dates: Send out save-the-date cards to give guests ample time to plan.

  • Book Key Vendors: Confirm all key third-party vendors by 9 months before, including:

    • Wedding Day Caterer

    • Photographer/Videographer

    • Florist

    • Entertainment (String Quartet/Band/DJ)

    • Officiant

    • Hair and Makeup Artist

  • Create Wedding Website: Provide information about the wedding, travel, and accommodation options.

  • Arrange Accommodation: If you need to sleep more than 44 guests, be sure to reach out to the extra accommodation options on my list to get your dates blocked.

  • Plan a Visit & Menu Tasting: If possible, visit France for a planning meeting at Durantie to finalize key details with me, have a tasting with your selected caterer and potentially meet with key vendors such as hair and makeup.

6-9 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Send Invitations: Send out wedding invitations with RSVP details.

  • Finalize Guest List: Follow up on RSVPs and finalize your guest list in plenty of time so we can confirm final numbers and plan accordingly.

  • Transportation: Arrange transportation for guests and yourself, including airport transfers and wedding day transport, if required.

  • Plan Pre-Wedding Events: Organize any pre-wedding events such as a welcome dinner, rehearsal dinner, or day-after brunch.  All catering either side of the wedding is managed in-house at Durantie so you don't need to worry about the availability of this supplier, but we do need to confirm your choices by no later than April of your wedding year.

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3-6 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Confirm Details with Vendors: Ensure all vendors have confirmed details and timelines.

  • Manage your Legal Ceremony: Since your wedding in France is symbolic only, chances are you'll be celebrating your legal ceremony during this time period.  Take time out to enjoy that element, although don't make too ig of a deal out of it as it could detract from your celebrations here in France.

  • Order Favors and Gifts: If you wish to have them, purchase wedding favors for guests and gifts for the bridal party.

  • Finalize Florals & Décor: Finalize all details with your florist and any other décor vendors, making sure to add any new relevant images to your Aisle Planner Design Studio (and delete anything you no longer love - your tastes may have changed!)

  • Make Beverages Order: Schedule a planing call no later than April of your wedding year to discuss your beverage requirements and set plans on where you'd like to source these.

1-3 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Finalize Seating Chart: Plan the seating arrangements for the wedding dinner, ensuring to add a colour-coding system to identify dietary requirements.  If you've chosen to offer more than one option for your guests, be sure to note who's chosen what (for clarity, this may mean having several copies of the table plan - e.g. for starter, main and dessert).

  • Confirm Travel Plans: Ensure all travel plans are confirmed for you and your guests.

  • Beauty and Health: Schedule any beauty appointments and ensure you have your wedding day beauty plan in place.

  • Prepare Welcome Bags: Assemble welcome bags for guests with information and essentials for their stay.

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1-4 WEEKS BEFORE

  • Final Payments: Pay final invoices to all vendors and ensure you have ordered enough cash for any that need to be settled in person (N.B. there are very few bureaux de change in rural France!).

  • Pack for the Trip: Pack all necessary items for your trip to France, including wedding attire, documents, and accessories.

  • Communicate with Guests: Send a final itinerary and any last-minute details to your guests.

  • Relax and Enjoy: Take time to relax and enjoy the lead-up to your big day.

WEDDING WEEK

  • Arrive Early: Arrive in France a few days early to acclimate and finalize any last details, such as purchasing groceries for the chateau kitchen and picking up your alcohol order.

  • Rehearsal: Conduct a rehearsal with the bridal party and key participants the day before the wedding.

  • Welcome Event: Host a welcome event for your guests to kick off the celebrations.

  • Enjoy Your Wedding Day: Trust in your planning and enjoy every moment of your special day!  Take time out to really let it all sink in, or else it'll pass way too fast!

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