After putting a ring on it, what’s next? Wedding planning can be a tedious process with an exhaustive list of tasks to complete. We have come up with a 12-Month Wedding Outfit Timeline, to help you have an overview of what to expect when you’re shopping for your Wedding Outfits!
12 Months Prior: The Big Picture
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The very first step of wedding planning would be to set a budget for the overall wedding. This includes the location, outfits, photoshoots, etc. With a budget in mind, it will be easier for you to search for an appropriate vendor for your outfits. In general, you can set aside approximately $750 - $1,000 for the groom’s suit. For the brides, gown rentals usually cost $1,000 on average. If you wish to have a simple and minimalistic bridal outfit, you can also check out our sister brand, Accent, where you can have a timeless dress or chic jumpsuit tailored to your body as well!
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You should also decide what theme you would like for the wedding. Whether it is a modern classic, vintage rustic or casual garden style, the theme will set the tone and act as a guide for your decision making. Having a colour palette is important, especially if you are not looking to have a specific wedding theme. A colour palette not only helps you to choose the wedding styling of the location, it also helps you to plan the colours and styles of your wedding outfits.
With a rough overview, it’s time to search for the respective vendors which fit your budget and that match your taste buds!
9 - 6 Months Prior: Kick-start the Process
After looking around for different options, you should settle on your favourite vendor for your wedding outfits. Although custom-tailored outfits usually take about 6 - 8 weeks for completion, avoid leaving it till the last minute. Taking into consideration pre-wedding photoshoots which you might want to have, it is always advisable to have your outfits ready early.
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Typically, 4 - 6 months would be a comfortable period of time to have your pre-wedding photoshoot as your photographer will require about 3 months for the deliverables. Hence after factoring in time required to have your favourite shots printed out for the actual wedding day, kickstart the tailoring of your outfits 9 months in advance.
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Once you have your wedding outfits selected, pre-arrange fitting appointments with your tailors / outfit vendors. Here at Assemble and Accent, the first fitting session for your outfits will be about 3 weeks apart. Schedule your first fitting session before going for hair & make-up trials as the stylists then will be able to introduce a variety of styles to match the outfits.
3 Months Prior: Wedding Party
Once you have your own wedding outfits out of the way, you may now move on to getting your wedding party dressed up! Consider the theme and/or colour palette of your wedding to make a decision for the types of outfits for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. They do not have to wear the exact same colours as you. They can be in outfits of the complementary colours, or same colours but of one to two shades different.
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Depending on the formality of the wedding, the groomsmen can don an outfit as simply as a shirt and tie, or even in a neutral colour suit (keeping in mind that they should never outshine the groom). Bridesmaids can also colour coordinate their identical outfits in different shades and colours individually, or dress in the same colours but in varying designs. As long as the wedding party looks cohesive at the end of the day, it’s really up to you to free play the different styles!
1 Month Prior: Completion of Outfits
After your multiple fittings of outfits, you should be able to have them completed and collected 1 month before your actual day. Having the outfits on hand, hunting for suitable accessories would be made much easier. You can always consult your tailors for styling tips. They will have the expertise to know what works best for you!
Take some time to practice tying your ties (Read: What Kind of Ties Should You Own), or try walking around in your new shoes. It’s always good to break into your new heels or dress shoes by softening the material, and get used to the shoes for more comfort on the actual day.
1 Week Prior: Tie Up Loose Ends
Finally it’s just one week away from the big day! At this point of time, most tasks would already have been completed, with just the nitty gritty details left. It’s time to take a breather, and reward yourself with a relaxing session of spa or massage with your partner!
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This is also an appropriate time to get some beauty & grooming sessions. Have your hair colour refreshed or get your hair trimmed, which you may get advice from your hair stylist. Having your hair done one week prior would be better, so as to give your hair some time to soften and adjust to the new length.
Happily Ever After
With this timeline, you’ll be able to keep your progress in check and ensure everything goes smoothly. Wedding planning will be exceptionally tiring and stressful, however amidst the busy schedule, always remember to enjoy the process! This will be the first step of planning for a major event as a lifetime couple. At the end of the day, it is going to be a memorable day for both you and your partner. Have a blast, and wish you husbands and wives to-be a wonderful marriage ahead!