Wedding Planning Checklist

The best way of making sure that every little detail of your wedding is taken into account is to plan your special day in advance by using a Wedding Checklist. Why not create your own folder and a calendar in which you could write down the ideas you really like as well as important dates?

Wedding Checklists help you sleep well by prioritising your tasks. Let’s say you have only seven months to organise your perfect Wedding Day – what do you do?

1) As soon as the decision about getting married has been made, remember to:

  • imagine your wedding style, type of ceremony or wedding colours
  • think about how much money you can spend
  • visit venues and book one once you’re sure it’s perfect for you
  • book the venue or church for ceremony – that includes booking ceremony time/date with minister or registrar
  • start your wedding folder
  • write down your guest list so that you can amend it later
  • imagine your dream wedding dress – look at different styles
  • choose your bridesmaids, best man and ushers – you will need their help
  • get quotes from wedding suppliers and find accomodation for your guests
  • have you thought about your honeymoon? will it be far far away? if yes, think about your passport (are you changing your name?) and find out about neccessary innoculations

2) Six months before your Big Day

  • order the most important dress of your life as well as bridesmaids’ dresses
  • book photographer
  • book florist
  • book transport
  • book musicians or DJ
  • book caterers/any other staff required
  • book hairdresser
  • book make-up artist
  • fancy any wedding entertainment? why not book one too?
  • remember you must look best on your Wedding Day! Now it’s the best time to start a beauty routine.

3) Five months to go – still plenty of time. However, remember to:

  • finalise your guest list
  • order wedding cake
  • start writing down your wedding gifts’ list
  • don’t forget about those little things that make a huge difference, such as: shoes, tiara, jewellery, veil, stationery
  • book time off at work for your Special Day and a honeymoon!

4) Four months to go – it’s getting more real now!

  • write down your vows, think about what readings/ceremony music to have
  • do you prefer a classic first dance or would you rather be more original?
  • finalise gift list and buy your bridal lingerie
  • get into detail and think about table decorations, place cards and other

5) It’s three months before your Wedding now, so now it’s time to:

  • send out invitations to your wedding guests
  • buy your wedding rings
  • arrange and attend dress and suit fittings
  • have a meeting with your florist and agree the wedding flowers
  • create your song list
  • collect ‘authority to marry’

6) Sixty days before – the best time to:

  • buy guest book and thank you gifts for attendants
  • have trial run with make-up artist and hairdresser
  • confirm ceremony details with registrar/minister

7) You’ll be married in one month’s time! Thirty days before:

  • arrange final fittings for yourself, bridesmaids, groom and groomsmen
  • confirm bookings with all your wedding suppliers
  • have your stag do/hen do
  • contact any guests who have not responded yet
  • double check and confirm wedding day schedule and any other wedding formalities/timings with venue/church
  • have you thought about who’s gonna be your witness?

8) Fourteen to five days before:

  • collect your wedding rings and start to wear your shoes to get used to them
  • make any outstanding payments required in advance
  • speak to your caterers about final numbers (is any of your guests a vegetarian?)
  • finalise seating plan and give a copy to caterers/venue
  • get a haircut
  • get everyone to try on complete outfit
  • have all wedding speeches been written down?
  • compile a detailed schedule of all wedding day timings/contact details of wedding suppliers and distribute to the wedding party – your photographer needs it too
  • wrap thank you gifts and write thank you cards

9) One day before!

  • make sure that decorations, guest book with pens, place cards, favours and table plan are at the venue and ‘orders of service’ with the ushers
  • make your wedding outfit, accessories, make-up and other details such as plasters, pain-killers, mints, safety pins and needles ready for the next day
  • prepare cash for any cash payments and give it to the best man along with the rings
  • Have a massage and relax! Get a beauty treatment (excluding a facial) Have a nice bath and – most importantly – go to bed early!

10) Good morning! – today is Your Big Day!

  • move your engagement ring to your right hand
  • eat breakfast!
  • ENJOY your day, Congratulations!

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