Your wedding checklist

When it comes to planning a wedding, it pays to get organised early and not leave anything to chance. This is one of the biggest days of your life and as well as the emotional commitment, a lot of money is often invested in the event and ensuring it goes smoothly will help you enjoy every second.

AFTER YOUR ENGAGEMENT

❏ Decide on a budget for the wedding day, and the date and time you would ideally prefer.

❏ Decide on the style of wedding you would like (such as formal or informal) and a theme.

❏ Compile a rough guest list to be edited as needed, to get numbers down to the size you have planned.

❏ Look at venues for the ceremony and reception, which will need to know the number of guests.

❏ Start your health and beauty regime.

WHEN YOU HAVE SET THE DATE

❏If you are planning an outdoor event, make sure you have covering if needed, or an alternative venue.

❏ Book a celebrant or minister of religion and discuss your requirements.

❏ If hire equipment is needed, find a reputable one and book whatever you need such as tables, chairs and marquee.

❏ Start looking at caterers if the venue you have chosen does not supply the food, and think about the menu and drinks.

❏ Look at wedding gowns and bridesmaid’s dresses, or a look at dressmaker’s previous work.

❏ Start looking at photographers’ and videographers’ portfolios.

❏ Look at wedding stationery designs.

❏ Start to think about what kind of entertainment you would like such as DJ or band.

❏ Look at wedding transport and get some quotes.

❏ Choose your bridal party.

❏ Start thinking about your honeymoon destination: if you think you may head overseas, look out for special and cheap flights.

❏ Keep up your beauty and fitness program.

SIX MONTHS BEFORE

❏ Book your caterer.

❏ Book a photographer, videographer and photo booth.

❏ Book the entertainment.

❏ Book wedding transport.

❏ Give your overseas guests notice of the wedding date.

❏ Get wedding stationery printed including invitations, RSVPs, thank you notes, place cards etc.

❏ Get dressmaker to start work on your gown and bridesmaid’s dresses if they are being made.

❏ Make preliminary bookings for your honeymoon, particularly if you are planning to go overseas.

❏ Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months until after the trip, and if you are changing your surname, you may have to do some alterations.

❏ Make appointments for groom and groomsmen for suit fittings and accessories.

FOUR TO FIVE MONTHS BEFORE

❏ Choose a bridal registry and get cards to be included in the invitations.

❏ Select the items you want on your Bridal Registry.

❏ Decide on bouquets and floral arrangements.

❏ Look at wedding cakes.

❏ Look at hair and make-up artists’ portfolios.

❏ Mothers of the bride and the groom may want to coordinate their outfits, so give them an indication of your colours.

❏ Book the bridal suite for the wedding night.

THREE MONTHS BEFORE

❏ Organise wedding rings.

❏ Start writing your vows if you have decided to say your own, as well as hymns and readings if you choose to have them, and music the organist will play.

❏ Buy gifts for each other and for your attendants.

❏ Arrange accommodation for any overseas or interstate guests.

❏ Give venue/caterers an estimated number of guests.

❏ Finalise the menu, choose the wines and champagne.

❏ Make a tentative guest seating plan: how many tables you want, who is at the bridal table, where the DJ/band will be?

❏ Have a day with your hair and make-up artist to experiment with styles, and be sure to take your headpiece with you.

❏ Make appointment with hair and make-up artist for you and your bridesmaids for the wedding day.

❏ Organise bombonieres and other personal touches for your wedding.

❏ Make an appointment for the final fitting of everyone’s wedding attire.

❏ Send out invitations.

❏ Get documentation from celebrant and fill in forms.

❏ Decide on wedding music: from walking down the aisle to the first dance.

FOUR TO SIX WEEKS BEFORE

❏Get the wedding rings engraved, if required.

❏ Organise the wedding rehearsal.

❏ Make wedding itineraries for all the people involved with times, maps etc.

❏ Reconfirm drivers, florist, entertainment, venue.

❏ Have another fitting for bridal party.

❏ Appoint your MC if you choose to have one.

❏ Make sure all your speakers are thinking about their speeches.

❏ Keep your guest list and RSVPs up to date.

❏ Make sure your attendants organise your hen’s or buck’s night at least a week before the wedding to avoid any hangovers on the day!

❏ Book an appointment at a beauty salon for at least two weeks before the wedding day for any waxing or facials, and organise a manicure and pedicure for a few days before.

❏ Buy your wedding lingerie and spare hosiery for both yourself and the bridesmaids.

❏ Take out insurance for your wedding gifts and rings.

❏ Have your engagement ring professionally cleaned and polished.

❏ Confirm final numbers with venue and caterers and go over seating plans again.

❏ Write place cards and make a master seating plan display so your guests can see where their tables are and also give one to the reception venue for their information.

❏ Make sure the entire bridal party has a final fitting.

❏ Check all speeches are well on their way.

❏ If you have time, start writing thank you notes as you receive gifts.

❏ Wear in your wedding shoes and scruff the bottom to ensure you don’t slip.

❏ Confirm EVERYTHING once again.

❏ Start getting plenty of much needed rest.

❏ Reconfirm bridal suite.

❏ Have the wedding rehearsal.

❏ If leaving on your honeymoon soon after your wedding, pack your bags to avoid leaving anything behind.

❏ Pick up tickets and itinerary for your honeymoon.

❏ Organise travellers cheques and travel insurance if needed.

THE NIGHT BEFORE

❏ Lay out wedding attire ready for the following day.

❏ Take a bath, light a candle and listen to relaxing music.

❏ (Try to) Get a good night’s sleep.

THE BIG DAY  

❏Have a healthy breakfast as you want to feel fantastic for the best day of your life.