In the recent post ‘10 Top General Wedding Tips’ I mentioned for couples to come up with a ‘to do check list’ for their wedding.
I thought this list would be a good start with creating your own personal ‘wedding to do list’.
1. Decide on a budget for your wedding day. You may wish to do some initial research or ask friends recently married, to get a realistic idea on pricing.
3. Decide on the date and time you would like to hold your wedding and if your wedding will be held close to home or afar.
4. Start thinking about the style of wedding you would like to have i.e. a casual event or a formal one.
5. Start looking for the wedding ceremony venue and reception venue. Every other supplier can be finalised after your venues have been booked.
Once you Have Set the Date
1. Book and confirm now your wedding venue and reception venue. If either if these two venues are outdoors, ensure you have a plan ‘B’ in case of bad weather.
2. Start looking at ideas for your wedding dress and the bridesmaid’s attire.
3. Time to ask your friends to be bridesmaids and groomsmen.
4. Start looking at photographers, videographers, celebrants, ministers, wedding cars and caterers (if your reception venue does not serve food).
5. Start looking at wedding invitations.
6. Work on a rough guest list and numbers.
7. Start thinking about your honeymoon destination.
12 Months Before Your Wedding
1. If you are having your wedding dress made, you’ll need to select your wedding dress designer and start on your wedding gown.
2. Decide on your wedding decorator.
3. Make preliminary bookings for your honeymoon. This is particularly important if you are planning on an overseas destination.
4. Start talking with the bridesmaid’s about their dresses e.g. colour, style. If having the dresses made book a dressmaker to start work and also to schedule in all the fittings required. Give everyone plenty of notice.
5. Book the celebrant or minister. Remember to speak with who ever will be marrying you to discuss your requirements.
6. Think about your wedding ceremony and wedding reception music / entertainment.
7. Book your wedding cars and any wedding transport you may need for your guests.
8. Send out ‘Save the Date Cards’ – notice of the wedding date to overseas or interstate guests.
9. Decide on a theme and colours for your wedding.
6 Months Before Your Wedding
1. Book your wedding cake.
2. Fill out the ‘Notice of Intention to Marry’ with your celebrant or minister (if marring in Australia). Do this no more than 6 months before but not less than 1 month and a day.
3. Secure the suits for the groom and groomsmen.
4. Book the bridal suite or wedding night accomodation for the wedding night.
5. Find a florist specialising in wedding flowers and book your bridal bouquets, button holes, wedding ceremony and wedding reception flowers.
6. If hire equipment is needed, find a reputable and reliable hire company for tables, chairs, marquee etc.
7. Book any wedding ceremony or reception musicians or DJ’s.
8. Think about the menu and the drinks. Taste testing is advisable.
9. Consider your wedding invitations and stationery. Plan to have them printed and give yourself extra time to have them sent 6-8 weeks or around 12 weeks before your wedding, for guests coming from overseas and interstate.
10. Start looking and booking your hair and makeup artist.
11. If you plan on having a bridal registry, start to organise this.
12. If travelling overseas ensure your passport is up to date.
13. Organise your wedding ring bands.
3 Months Before Your Wedding
1. Finalise the menu with the wedding venue or wedding caterer. Select the wines and champagnes.
2. Appoint your MC.
3. Start thinking about your wedding reception guest seating plan.
4. Finalise the floor plan with your wedding reception.
5. Order any bomboniere you need. Think about any other little extras you may want (like confetti, bubbles and disposable cameras).
6. Choose your gifts for the bridal party.
7. Start writing or selecting your wedding vows. Decide on your readings, hymns and also your wedding order of service.
8. Decide on the ceremony music you’d like to have played by the ceremony musicians throughout the wedding ceremony and or during the reception.
2 Months Before Your Wedding
1. Book a wedding ceremony rehearsal (usually held in the week leading up to the wedding). Give plenty of notice to the bridal party.
2. Hold your bridal shower.
3. Buy your wedding lingerie.
4. Pick up the wedding rings.
5. Send out the wedding invitations (6-8 weeks before or 12 weeks before for overseas and interstate guests).
6. Have a trial day for your hair and makeup artist.
7. Book with a beauty salon for at least 1 week before the wedding day for any waxing, facials etc you may need.
8. Provide the wedding venue and caterers with an estimated number of guests.
9. Finalise the reception running sheet. Decide the order of toasts and speeches. Confirm this with the MC, reception and speakers.
1 Month Before Your Wedding
1. Meet with your photographer to finalise your wedding photography plans.
2. Finalise your wedding day schedule and share this with your photographer, videographer, car drivers, reception and MC.
3. Finalise your wedding reception seating arrangements.
4. Confirm the time allocate for everyone giving a speech.
5. Finalise your reception place cards.
6. Confirm, confirm, confirm. Reconfirm with all your wedding suppliers.
Week Before Your Wedding
1. Have the wedding ceremony rehearsal.
2. Visit the beauty salon for waxing, facials etc.
3. Not a bad idea to wear in your wedding shoes. You could even scruff the bottom to ensure you don’t slip.
4. Pick up any honeymoon airline tickets and itinerary. Organise traveller’s cheques and travel insurance etc.
5. Try to relax and take time out for much needed rest!
6. Reconfirm the bridal suite for the wedding night.
7. Have your engagement ring professionally cleaned.
8. Confirm final numbers with venue and caterers.
9. Start packing your bags ready for the wedding night and honeymoon.
10. If flying confirm your flights 72 hours beforehand.
11. Make a large display seating plan to display at your reception so your guests can see where their tables. Give this to the reception venue.
12. Enjoy your hens or bucks night.
The Night Before
1. Try to relax with family and friends.
2. Take a long bath and have some ‘you’ time.
3. Get a good night’s sleep.
On The Day
1. Read my post ‘Things to Remember to take with you on your Wedding Day’.