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Wedding Checklist.

Help Planning Your Perfect Wedding Day.

Wedding to-do list.

Every wedding is different and unique, use this helpful wedding checklist as a guide to help you plan your perfect wedding day. You can download a PDF version of this by clicking here

Wedding to-do list.

As soon as possible.

– Start a wedding folder.
– Make a list of what is important to you for a wedding this will help with your budget.
– Discuss the wedding budget and who will pay for what.
– Decide on a wedding date and start looking at venues.
– Find a wedding officiant (the person who will marry you) and apply for the necessary licence’s.


12 To 18 months before the wedding start your search for vendors and make a short list:

– Bridal Gown.
– Formal Suit Hire.
– Photographer.
– Videographer.
– Disco, Entertainers or bands.
– Caterer.
– Florist.
– Wedding Transport.
– Hair and Beauty Stylist.
– Bridesmaid Dresses.
– Wedding Cake.
– Shoes and Accessories.
– Venue Decoration/Chair Covers.

*If the vendor is available on your chosen date to book them! Most wedding vendors take bookings more than 12 months before the wedding date. This is especially important if you plan to be married in summer.


6 To 12 Months Before the wedding.

– Compile a preliminary guest list.
– Visit wedding fayres/look through bridal magazines, search the internet to gain ideas and inspiration for your big day.
– Finalise your wedding colours, theme and style.
– Choose your bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, flower girl and ring bearer and let them know what their duties are.
– Choose and purchase your wedding rings.
– Begin looking at honeymoon options and discuss where you both would like to go.
– Start planning ceremony and reception music choices.
– Arrange an engagement shoot with your photographer, select an image from the session for your “save the day’ cards or a “signature frame” for your wedding day.
– Start looking at invitation designs.
– If you haven’t already, purchase your wedding gown, veil and accessories.
– Finalise and order/purchase attire for your attendants.
– Sign up for your gift registry/honeymoon donation.


4 To 6 Months Before the Wedding.

– Finalise your guest list.
– Order Wedding stationery(invitations, envelopes, the order of service etc).
– Book your wedding transport.
– Arrange accommodation for out of town guests (book blocks of hotel rooms for a better price).
– Choose your wedding cake.
– Decide on your wedding decorations including favours.
– Send out your invitations.


3 Months Before The Wedding.

– Contact your florist and finalise your arrangements.
– Order your wedding cake.
– Meet with your wedding officiant to discuss details of the ceremony.
– Pick your wedding Lingerie.
– Choose gifts for your attendants and parents.
– Groom and male members of the wedding party to arrange for a suit fitting.
– Confirm honeymoon arrangements.
– Start writing your wedding vows, if you are doing them yourself.


2 Months Before The Wedding

– Start working on your seating plan.
– Schedule a hair and makeup trial with a consultant.
– Start making/buying wedding favours.
– Finalise music selections for the ceremony and reception.
– If changing your name, complete the proper documents.
– Meet with officiant to finalise ceremony details.
– Reserve rooms for wedding night if not already done so.


1 Month Before the Wedding.

– Meet with vendors to finalise arrangements.
– Decide and confirm your wedding vows and ensure your officiant has been sent copies.
– Meet with your photographer and provide a list of required shots.
– Confirm all final payment amounts with your vendors as well as dates, times etc.
– Collect the marriage licence.
– Confirm Honeymoon reservations.
– Arrange for a final wedding dress fitting.


2 Weeks Before the Wedding.

– Contact any guests you have not sent RSVP (Tell them to bring a chair and sandwiches).
– Confirm the delivery time and locations with the florist.
– Finalise seating chart if there have been any changes to your guests attending.


1 Week Before the Wedding.

– Collect wedding gown, bridesmaid, flower girl dresses and accessories.
– Give final guest numbers to venue/receptions/caterer.
– Make sure the men have their final suit fitting.
– Reconfirm everything with vendors one last time.
– Attend rehearsal (if you are having one).
– Confirm wedding day transportation.
– Reconfirm hair and make appointments for the wedding day.
– Confirm all duties required with the wedding party.


1 Day Before.

– Have a manicure/pedicure.
– Have a pamperer day with the girls.
 – Try to get an early night and relax!


Your Wedding Day

– Eat a good breakfast, even if you think you’re not hungry.
– Have your hair and makeup done.
– Begin dressing two hours before the ceremony is scheduled to begin.
 – Take a deep breath, relax and most importantly enjoy your big day!


Post Wedding Day

– Arrange for suits that have been hired for the day are returned. (Perhaps delegate this task to the best man or a member of the wedding party).
 – Ensure the venue is aware of any table decorations or chair covers that have been hired for the wedding from florists or venue decoration companies are stored safely for collection to ensure any refundable deposits are returned.
– View your wedding photographs and album draft.
– Ensure thank you notes for any gifts or donations are sent out no later than 3 months after your wedding date.

I hope you found our wedding checklist useful, if you did please like and share it below, it will help others to find it.

Have we missed something on our wedding to-do list? Please feel free to add your comments below, we love to hear your thoughts and experiences.


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