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One Year to the Wedding - A Groom's Insight

Updated: Dec 5, 2022

It was a Thursday lunchtime, approximately 2 months after I proposed, May 2022. I was at The Old White Hart with three friends when the now infamous words came out of my mouth…

’Yeah…we’ve pretty much got the whole wedding sorted now I think’. David Langley, May 2022.

What a naïve groom moment.

I came home to tell Anna all about how interested my pals were in the wedding planning and how everything was coming along, and when I told her about my perspective on how far along we were with the planning, she was shocked at how little I knew…and once she began to reel off what was left to do; so was I!

We still had to:

- Book the band

- Organise the grooms-people's suits and dresses

- Choose our rings

- Finalise the menu for the wedding breakfast

- Ensure that the dogs were looked after for the day…

The list goes on.

In fact, as it turns out, the only thing we had done was book the venue.

From this sobering point in time I have tried to be even more involved as the groom in the wedding planning and setting up has helped open my eyes to the possibilities of what we could still have at our wedding that will appeal to me.

- Retro video games

- Garden games

- VW Photobooths

- Magicians

Again, the list of great suppliers we’ve seen, met and heard of goes on.

On 1st September 2022, it was one year until we both say I do at our dream wedding, and a lot of the list is still left to do.

From my perspective, it’s all still incredibly exciting. It’s important to have a wedding checklist and a budget which both partners have oversight and knowledge about. We have created a shared drive with everything in it which helps enormously.

My focus now is firmly on the suits, and I have started to reach out to suppliers to ensure we get the best options in time for the big day. However, there’s still so much on the checklist which no one

really tells you about, let alone gives you the timelines for.

I don't like feeling daunted which is why we created our checklists for everything you may not have thought of along with when to expect to get them sorted. Have a look here for some much-needed guidance.

And then there are my best men in control of the all-important stag do.

Stag do organising is a big undertaking, especially when this fussy groom wants to invite 16 of his mates and go abroad. I have asked not to know where we’re going, what we’re doing or have any involvement in the organising, which is scary. That doesn’t have to be everyone’s method by the way. Luckily, with a year to go to the wedding, the May Stag Do looks like it is being planned meticulously (with the help of our His Day resources may I add).

If your best man wants the same help, point them here for some help.

So yes, 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days until this groom becomes a husband and still loving the whole wedding planning experience. And we of course will be taking our His Day community of grooms along for the journey!

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