Wedding planning checklist

Stick to our wedding planning checklist and you will get there:

 

WHEN YOU ARE NEWLY ENGAGED

  • Drink some Champagne and tell everyone your great news
  • Avoid planning your wedding day straight away if you can, enjoy the engagement bliss
  • Pick up your favourite wedding magazines and enjoy reading them in public, you are officially a fiancee
  • Think of the style of the wedding you will both love
  • Download or create your own wedding planning checklist
  • Decide if you want to elope, then ditch the rest of the list, get straight in touch with me 😊. Let’s talk destinations

 

12+ MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

  • Start your master excel sheet, a planning notebook, or buy a wedding planner
  • Make a first guest list draft, this will give you an idea of the size of the venue you are looking for
  • Figure out your wedding budget
  • Narrow down the wedding venue location, type of the venue that will suit your vision, and ceremony
  • Consider hiring a wedding planner, research the wedding planner and have a chat with them to find out if you would work well together

 

12 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

  • Start visiting the wedding venues and meeting with coordinators
  • Request available dates of the venues, pick one, get a contract, read the contract, sign the contract and send the non-refundable deposit
  • Venue booked
  • Repeat with every supplier
  • Book the ceremony venue Church/Registrar/ Celebrant and time of the ceremony
  • Start outlining the wedding day timeline
  • Think of style and décor to match your vision

 

11 – 10 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

  • Research Wedding photographer, meet for a chat, book them and organise an engagement photoshoot
  • Start shopping for the wedding dress
  • Decide on the food you like and research wedding caterers if they are not a part of the wedding venue
  • Finalise your guests’ list
  • Design and order your wedding invitations and RSVPs, send out Save the dates
  • Decide who will be on the day coordinator or if you need to hire one

 

9 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

  • Research local florists and book a consultation ideally at the venue
  • Research hair and makeup artist and book a consultation
  • Research and book Videographer
  • Research and book DJ/Band
  • Research and book a tasting session with your cake maker
  • Start researching your honeymoon
  • Book a honeymoon suite for your wedding night

 

8 – 7 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

  • Start working with your wedding stylist or décor supplier
  • Start planning your hen and stag do’s or start dropping hints to your Chief Bridesmaid
  • Start thinking of wedding extras (lunch, brunch, any other parties?)
  • Start drinking a lot more water, review your eating habits and exercise regime
  • Start thinking about hair extensions, hair colour, teeth whitening
  • Get Grooms, groomsmen and Bridesmaids attire, mum and dads’ attire
  • Book a wedding car and transportation for your guests if needed
  • Book dance lessons

 

6 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

  • Finalise your guest list and start working on the dietary requirements
  • Organise menu and wine tasting and finalise it
  • Book the honeymoon
  • Keep on top of your payment schedule for all suppliers
  • Buy or make wedding rings
  • Buy wedding shoes, handbag
  • Make a list of the final touches (photos to take to the venue, hair accessories, lipstick, perfume for the day, nail polish colour etc…)

 

5 – 4 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING DAY

  • Order wedding stationery, menus, place cards
  • Finalise the daytime line and order it
  • Make sure your passport is up to date so you can jet off for that honeymoon
  • Finalise the Hen dos and Stag dos (get travel insurance!)

 

3 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING DAY

  • Start working on your vows
  • Start thinking about presents for the bridal party and your fiancée if you are doing presents
  • Schedule dress fitting
  • Schedule Hair and makeup trial
  • Think about décor extras you might need
  • Make sure your bridal party has all they need for the day (shoes, socks, correct ties, accessories)
  • Time for Hen dos and Stag dos

 

2 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

  • Check if out of town guests are happy with their hotel and know where the venues are
  • Book and confirm pre-wedding drinks or get together if you wish to have one
  • Finalise your wedding ceremony script and vows
  • Finalise your wedding ceremony and reception décor
  • Start buying flipflops, toiletries for wedding venue bathrooms, fans, anything for the bridal suite
  • Start wearing your wedding shoes
  • Finalise the list of photos you want from your photographer
  • Buy wedding favours
  • Buy your Bridal underwear

 

6 – 4 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

  • Make sure your wedding party knows what their jobs on the wedding day are
  • Decide who is the MC
  • Final payments to all suppliers
  • Practice first dance
  • Final dress fitting and pick up the dress
  • Put together the seating plan and forward it to your wedding venue
  • Finalise your ceremony music and daytime playlist, finalise the playlist for the DJ
  • Print ceremony programs

 

2 WEEKS BEFORE THE WEDDING

  • Call all suppliers and double-check what time they will be arriving at the venue
  • Give them all contact on the day (coordinator, planner, Chief Bridesmaid)
  • Hand over the spreadsheet with all timings, arrivals, suppliers contacts, to the coordinator
  • Check the transportation schedule and confirm
  • Make sure there is a plan for the wedding venue set up and break down
  • Check what time you need to pick up your leftover flowers, cake, food, wine, personal items etc. after the wedding

 

ONE WEEK BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

  • Pack an overnight bag and decide who will take it to the hotel for you
  • Get your wedding manicure done/pedicure done, spray tan
  • Finalise your ‘Oh Shit’ kit (sewing kit, white chalk, pins, mints, snacks, paracetamol, water, etc.)
  • Get comfy flats
  • Print out or write your vows down
  • Make sure your phone has a correct extension to work with the venue’s sound system if your music is on Spotify on your phone
  • Test the ceremony music, pop it on a CD, don’t rely on the local wifi

 

1 DAY BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

  • Rehearse your wedding ceremony and the walk down the aisle (helps to prepare you emotionally too)
  • Set your alarm
  • Enjoy leisurely lunch, brunch, drinks with your family and friends
  • Do not set up your own wedding venue, organise a coordinator and suppliers to do it
  • Breath, everything is done

 

LAST MINUTE CHECKS

  • Rings, Vows
  • Dress, Veil, Shoes, Underwear, Stockings, Lipstick, Perfume, Clutch, Jewellery
  • The suit, Shirt, Tie, Cufflinks, Socks, Shoes, Aftershave
  • Purse, Wallet, Driver’s license
  • Cash
  • Accessories
  • Tips for suppliers
  • Wedding playlist
  • Umbrella
  • Snacks and water
  • Overnight bag

 

ON YOUR WEDDING DAY

  • Pause and appreciate your family and friends being together
  • Steal a moment alone with your new husband/wife
  • Take it all in and have fun!

 

AFTER WEDDING

  • Send Thank you notes
  • Follow up on your wedding photos and video
  • Pick up all your personal items from the venue, make sure all suppliers picked up theirs
  • Hand over your wedding planning checklist to your newly engaged friend
  • Toast your marriage – you DID IT!
  • Enjoy your honeymoon

 

 

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