The easy way to stay organised during your wedding planning journey.
Sixteen to Nine Months Before
Start a wedding folder or binder.
Pick a wedding date and time.
Work out your budget.
Pick your wedding party.
Start the guest list.
Hire a planner, if desired.
Reserve your date and venues.
Book your officiant.
Research photographers, bands, florists, and caterers.
Throw an engagement party, if you wish.
Eight Months Before
Hire the photographer and the videographer
Book the entertainment
Meet with wedding planner
Meet with food stylist
Purchase a dress
Book your hotel for the wedding night
You may like to launch a wedding website
Send out save the dates. This is a particularly good idea if you're marrying during a tourist or holiday season or having a destination wedding
Seven to Six Months Before
Select and purchase invitations
Start planning a honeymoon
Shop for bridesmaids' dresses
Meet with the celebrant
Send save-the-date cards
Book portable toilets for out door events
Book a florist
Arrange your transportation
Start composing a day of timeline
Five to Four Months Before
Check on the wedding invitations
Select and order your cake
Purchase wedding shoes and start your dress fittings
Schedule hair and makeup artists
Choose your music
Organise formal wear for the groom and groomsmen
Three Months Before
Finalise the menu
Finalise the flowers
Order your bonbonnieres
Make a list of people giving toasts
Finalise the readings for the ceremony
Hire a calligrapher, if you want your invitations to be professionally addressed
Purchase your undergarments
Finalise the order of the ceremony and the receptions.
Purchase the rings
Send your event schedule to your vendors
Two Months Before
Touch base again with all the vendors
Meet with your photographer
Review the playlist with the band or deejay
Send out the invitations
Enjoy the Hens / Bucks night - you may wish to book a photographer for the Hens Night - My Ultimate Hens
One Month Before
Enter RSVP's into your guest list database
Phone people who have not yet responded.
Get your marriage license
Visit the dressmaker for your last dress fitting
Send out as many final payments as your can
Confirm times for hair and makeup and all vendors
Email & Print directions for drivers of transport vehicles
Draw out table shapes and assign seating for the reception
Purchase bridal party gifts
Write vows, if necessary
Get your hair cut and coloured if desired
The Week of the Wedding
Reconfirm arrival times with vendors
Delegate small wedding day tasks
Send a timeline to the bridal party
Pick up your dress
Check in one last time with the photographer ( supply them with a list of moments you want captured)
Set aside cheques / money for the vendors
Book a manicure and pedicure
Send the final guest list to the venue
Break in your shoes
Pack for your honeymoon
2-3 Days Before
Bride & Bridesmaids: if you need to, have your gown pressed
Groom & Groomsmen: Go for final fitting & pick up your suits
Determine wedding party positions during the ceremony and the order of the party in the processional & recessional
Give the place cards, bonbonnieres to the reception centre or your stylist
Call the limousine or car rental to confirm all details
Arrange for guests to be picked up from the airport or train stations.
Put your mail on hold till after your honeymoon
The Day Before
Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding if needed
Rehearse the ceremony
Give the bridal party their gifts especially if the gifts are accessories to be worn during the wedding
Turn on your away message on your email
On your Wedding Day
Give wedding bands to the best man and maid of honour
Assign a family member attendant to be the photographer's contact so he / she knows who's who
Enjoy your day
After Your Wedding
Prearrange for someone to return any rentals
Prearrange for bridal party to take the bride's gown for cleaning and return any rental suits
Write and send thank-you notes
Organise for your bridal bouquet to be preserved (click here for more information)
Return all rented equipment
Return all borrowed accessories
Contact your gift registry to have gifts delivered
Contact your photographer and videographer
Get an official copy of registered marriage certificate (click here for more information)
Change your name (click here for more information)
Change your address (If applicable)
Make a wedding memento box
Update your will
Update your beneficiay for life insurance / superannuation
Update emergency or next of kin details with your employer / doctor and other relevant organisations
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