Preparation for your wedding can be stressful – between finalising the guest list, retaining within spending budget and looking for that show-stopping gown, there is a great deal to get through. However, arranging your special day does not have to be a difficult time. Conform to this checklist on what to do when, and you will appreciate relaxed preparations, right down to the D-Day.

10-12 months in advance 

  • Determine the big date.
  • Make a decision on a tight budget that both you and your groom are agreed to spend, and families are satisfied with if they are making contributions (and be clear on who will be investing in what).
  • Select your official main wedding party and MC (if appropriate).
  • Choose a small number of ceremony and reception venues and arrange a meeting with the wedding event coordinator to consult through plans and prices.
  • Initiate a motivation scrapbook as well as register all clippings of things you like with it. Incorporate dresses you like, appealing ideas, cake creations, flower arrangements

8-10 months in advance

  • Wrap up a guest list and send out save the date cards.
  • Begin the search on your dress and bridesmaid gowns.
  • Get started on researching the ideal honeymoon destinations.
  • Reserve a consultation with a florist to generally share flower arrangements and pricing.
  • Reserve the celebrant and explain to you menu selections with the caterers.
  • select a small number of professional wedding photographers and videographers and reserve a consultation to check through their profile and talk through rates.

6-8 in advance

  • Settle music for the party and reserve entertainment
  • Purchase your bridal dress and veil – or begin on dressmaking.
  • Wrap up and order your bridesmaid gowns.
  • Complete flowers with the florist and design with the reception/ wedding coordinator
  • Schedule transportation (do not forget the getaway car!)

4-6 in advance

  • Purchase accessories for you and the bridesmaids.
  • Complete the groom’s suit
  • Reserve a hair and make-up trial.
  • Reserve a hotel room for your wedding night.
  • Look into and order wedding invites, table place cards and bonbonniere.
  • Obtain your cake 
  • Arrange taste testing for the menu.
  • Obtain your wedding bands and engraving.

2-4 in advance

  • Complete guest list.
  • Forward away wedding invitations.
  • Reserve hair and make-up artists for you and your maid of honour. Do not skip your mom and the groom’s mum as well.
  • Start thinking about scheduling dance lessons for the bridal waltz.
  • Settle the menu with the reception team
  • Begin putting together wedding pamphlets and church ceremony readings.

3-4 in advance

  • Begin writing your vows and wedding speech.
  • Speak to your photographer regarding the photo locations.
  • Start off putting together church booklets, name-tags and other stationery required.
  • Verify honeymoon plans.
  • Pursuit any guests who haven’t RSVP’d.
  • Jot down a time schedule for the day (such as crucial contact numbers) and send to all the parties tangled up in important parts of the day 

1-2 to go to the D-Day

  • Choose your wedding bands.
  • Submit final guest list to reception place and verify any vegetarian meals or special meal specifications for guests.
  • Reserve beauty sessions – wax, eyebrow shape, facial (no extractions!), etc.
  • Validate pick up address and time with transportation.
  • Choose the groom’s suit and groomsmen’s suits.
  • Reserve a hair appointment to have a trim and colour/treatment.
  • Get your final dress fitting – make sure to wear all jewellery, shoes, and proper undies
  • Organize a listing of all payments required on the day, place in envelopes and allow someone in control of giving out the right people on the day.

If you are looking for a good listener and genuinely care about your special day, you can put your trust in me as your marriage celebrant to guide you through the planning months to ensure that your day is perfect. 

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