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Wedding retro-planning: what not to forget in preparation for the big day

That's it, you've done it, you've taken the plunge, you've proposed with the help of our wonderful tips... or not. Now it's time for the preparation for the event itself so that your wedding day reflects fully the love of your relationship.

Planning a wedding is a daunting task monumental which can quickly become overwhelming if you don't know where to start. A well-organized wedding retroplanner can be your best friend to ensure that every detail, from the largest to the smallest, is taken into account. From setting the date to tasting the cake, there's plenty to do. In this article, we suggest a complete retroplanning to guide you through every step of your wedding planning, so that you can enjoy your big day with complete peace of mind.

Retroplanning weddings: Celebrating the'union

12 months before the wedding 

Set a date and a budget 

The first step in any wedding planning is to establish a date and a budget. The date will give you a timeline to follow, while the budget will help you filter your options for every aspect of the wedding. Be sure to discuss the budget openly with your partner and anyone else who will be contributing financially throughout your retroplanning.

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Location search 

Once the date and budget have been set, it's time to start looking. a venue for the ceremony and reception. Keep in mind the number of guests you are planning to invite, as well as the style you want. Book tours and ask lots of questions to make sure the venue suits your needs.

Retroplanning weddings: wedding venue, a crucial step in wedding planning

Guest list 

Establish a list Preliminary guest selection is crucial at this stage, as it will affect not only your choice of venue, but also your budget. Be realistic about the number of people you can invite, based on your budget and available space.

Retroplanning weddings: guest lists in wedding planning

The beginning of wedding planning: 9 months before great day

Engage service providers right from the start of your retroplanning phase

At this point, it's time to start searching and hire service providers. This includes a photographera videographer, a DJ or a music group, a florist, a caterer or even a wedding planner. Take the time to meet with several service providers, consult their portfolios and read online reviews to make sure they match your needs. vision and your budget.

Dress and costume selection

Don't underestimate the time it takes in your wedding planning to find the right perfect wedding dress and costumes. Start your fittings early to allow enough time for alterations and adjustments. Don't forget accessories, shoes and lingerie to match your dress.

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Save the Date

Send "Save the Date" to inform your guests of the date and location of your wedding. This is especially important if you're planning a destination wedding or during a vacation period.

6 months before the wedding

Menu selection

Meet with your caterer to discuss menu options. Take into account your guests' dietary needs and allergies. Some couples opt for a tasting menu before making a final decision.

Wedding retro-planning: Choosing menus

Booking accommodation

If you have guests coming from far away, start looking at the options. nearby accommodation of your wedding venue. You can even negotiate group rates with certain hotels.

Planning your honeymoon

If you're planning a honeymoon immediately after the wedding, it's time to get started. to plan. Remember to book flights, accommodation and activities well in advance to avoid last-minute price hikes.

3 months before the wedding

Sending invitations

It's time to send the official invitations to your guests. Make sure include all necessary informationWe'll be happy to provide you with all the information you need, such as date, time, location and accommodation options. Don't forget to ask a confirmation of attendance.

Final fittings

Make your final fittings for the wedding dress, suits and bridesmaids' and groomsmen's outfits. This is the time to make final adjustments to ensure that everything is just right. perfect for the big day.

Table plan

Start thinking about table layout and where you want to seat your guests. Take into account family relationships and friendships to create a pleasant atmosphere for everyone.

Wedding retro-planning:Table layout,

1 month before the wedding

Confirmations and payments

Contact all your service providers to confirm details and make final payments. This is also the time to confirm the final number of guests with your caterer.

Last minute details

Check all the little detailsMake sure everything is ready for the big day, including decorations, guest gifts, wedding rings and wedding licenses. Make sure everything is ready for the big day.

Ceremony rehearsal

Organize a rehearsal ceremony with your officiant and bridal party to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

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Plan ahead enough time for preparation on the wedding day. This includes hair, make-up and time to take a few photos before the ceremony.

Relaxation and pleasure from wedding planning to honeymoon

After months of planning, don't forget to take a moment for yourself. relax and enjoy your day. With everything in place, it's time to celebrate your love with your loved ones.


A good organization is the key to a successful marriagei. With this checklist, you have a guide to step by step to ensure that nothing is left to chance. Make the most of every moment of the planning process, and above all, of your day.

This concludes our article on wedding retroplanning. We hope it helps you navigate the wedding planning process with less stress and more fun, and please don't hesitate to contact Shades Waves for more information! 


For me, being a wedding planner is more than just organizing events. It's a vocation that gives meaning to my life: I love seeing your faces light up with joy and emotion on the big day.

My journey
With over 10 years' experience as an IT project manager, I've developed solid skills in project management, planning and budgeting, essential qualities for orchestrating the perfect wedding.
My ability to anticipate, plan and coordinate every detail makes me a trusted ally on your big day.

My commitment
What sets me apart? My benevolence and total commitment to each couple I accompany. I'm here to understand your aspirations, listen to your ideas and guide you towards a wedding that truly reflects you. My aim is to create events that are elegant and refined, but above all authentic and full of your personality.
I take the time to get to know you, to understand your dreams and expectations, to transform your ideas into a magical reality.

What I suggest.
Whether you dream of a waterfront wedding, a chateau steeped in history, the heart of a vineyard, or any other venue that inspires you, I'm here to accompany you every step of the way. My aim is to offer you not only seamless planning, but also a joyful and serene experience throughout the entire process.

Every detail is important to me and I make a point of understanding your needs and desires.

Together, we'll create the wedding that's right for YOU.

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I'm Joëlle, born in Beirut and having lived in Rio de Janeiro, the love of weddings and the charm of nature have always attracted me.
Passionate about Provence and the wonders of southern France, I moved to Marseille.

Coming from a paramedical background, my work as a nurse has given me a solid grounding in organization, dedication and attention to detail.
It has also enabled me to develop the listening skills that are essential in both my professional and personal life.

After training as an event and wedding planner in Aix-en-Provence, it is with great pleasure and passion that I will design and organize your big day. Together, we'll create unforgettable moments that will stay with you forever.

Whether you want a timeless Parisian wedding, a romantic Provencal wedding or a unique wedding in a heavenly location, I'll be at your side to help you design the wedding that suits you, with elegance and chic à la française.

I look forward to meeting you!


After a 15-year career in Paris in the events industry and a move to be closer to her family in the South-East of France near the Gulf of Saint Tropez, Vanessa Roussel, created the Shades Waves agency in 2016, passionate about her job, dynamic and motivated to take up every challenge that organizing a wedding represents.

Always listening to her customers, ready to innovate, curious about life, she enjoys discussing the projects entrusted to her with future brides and grooms, to get to know you better and suggest the best scenography to suit you and create emotion.

A perfectionist at heart, she will organize your wedding or corporate event as if it were her own, with method and rigor, meticulousness and good humor, always planning the smallest detail.


My name is Florence and I accompany future brides and grooms from the conception to the coordination of their wedding. Weddings have always been a dream of mine!
So, in 2019, I'm training to become a wedding planner and event project manager at the Jaëlys school in Aix-en-Provence.
Since 2020, as a private event planner, I've had the honor of helping couples organize and coordinate their weddings.
I specialize in elegant, romantic and refined weddings, for a French-speaking clientele looking to get married in Provence. A native of Aix-en-Provence, I've made the South-East my playground.
From Provence and its vineyards, to the Côte d'Azur and its seaside resorts, to the snow-capped mountains of the Alps, I'll accompany you wherever your love takes you.
My watchwords are: patience, kindness, calm, organization, discretion and respect.
I draw my inspiration from literature, beautiful things and the charm of the old.
Let's talk about your beautiful project.


I'm Bilitis, mother of an adorable little girl and entrepreneur. I have the pleasure of living on the Côte d'Azur, near Toulon, in the South of France. Before obtaining my wedding planner diploma, I trained at EFMM, which I obtained in 2018.
I'd been organizing private events for several years before turning to my profession.
My greatest pleasure? Creating unique, innovative and exciting experiences that reflect my customers' image. My aim is to help my customers organize unforgettable, festive events.
I bring a dynamic, innovative and organized perspective to every event. My love of planning and attention to detail are sure to create the perfect ambiance for your special day.
I'll be there to support you with the tools you need to ensure that "organization" rhymes with "tranquility and serenity".