Wedding Checklist

Hello Lovelies,

I hope you are all keeping well.

I know we are still ages away from 2019, 2 years to be exact. It just gives us a proper chance at saving, which as we all know can be hard. To help with the saving process I find it easier to write down exactly what we need when we need it by to help with this we were given a really handy wall planner from one of the girls sean works with.

12 Months Before The Wedding

  • Visit and book your reception venue and ceremony location
  • Research potential wedding services and suppliers – photographer, florist, invitations, cake, decor, music, hair and make up
  • Decide what type of entertainment you want for ceremony, drinks reception and dancing
  • Book Photographer
  • Start your wedding dress research – if you were wedding made growing up and new exactly what you wanted this should be pretty easy for you

8/10 months before

  • Book ceremony music, band and DJ for reception
  • Research and reserve accommodations for guests
  • Book Honeymoon
  • Order wedding cake
  • Book Groomsmen’s Suits

6/8 months before

  • Book ceremony musicians
  • Ensure passports are in date for honeymoon
  • Start planning honeymoon

4-6 months before

  • Choose bridesmaids’ dresses
  • Choose and order wedding invitations & stationery
  • Meet with florist to discuss options
  • Organise the legalities — give at least 3 months notice to registrar or priest/religious celebrant
  • Organise invitations
  • Arrange travel vaccinations if necessary
  • Start gathering addresses for guest list

2-3 months before

  • Send invitations to guests
  • Order wedding rings
  • Rent the men’s formalwear
  • Attend dress fittings
  • Choose wedding rings
  • Organise gifts for parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen and each other
  • Book a hairdresser and organise a hair trial
  • Book a makeup artist and organise a makeup trial

4 weeks before

  • Have final wedding dress fitting
  • Make any last-minute adjustments with suppliers

2 weeks before

  • Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet responded

1 week before

  • Give venue/caterer final guest headcount
  • Supply wedding coordinator with a list of supplier requests such as a table for DJ or setup space needed by florist.
  • Create your table plan
  • Print place cards
  • Call all wedding suppliers to confirm arrangements
  • Give ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers.
  • Do full wedding dress rehearsal from underwear to veil
  • Pack an overnight bag for the reception
  • Pack for the honeymoon
  • Organise money to be paid to suppliers on the day

2-3 days before

  • Make last minute changes to table plan if necessary
  • Groom: Go for final fitting and pick up your formalwear.
  • Groom: Ask the best man to make sure all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their outfits.
  • Organise final payment for all vendors, officiants into envelopes and give them to the best man/maid of honour

Day before

  • Drop off place cards, table cards, menus, favours, table plan to reception coordinator
  • Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding.
  • Sort out payment for any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception.
  • Ensure the cake is on track to be delivered to reception venue
  • Get a good night’s rest

The Wedding Day!

  • Give the gifts for your parents to the best man/bridesmaid for after the speeches
  • Get flowers delivered to the bride’s house or venue
  • Give wedding bands to the best man to hold during the ceremony

After the Wedding

  • Prearrange for someone to return any rentals.
  • Write and send thank-you notes to gift-bearing guests and vendors who were especially helpful.

Im the kind of person, that, when I have a plan and a clear course of action and I know when everything needs to be done by I work a lot better! Here is a picture of what my planner looks like  I comes with these great stickers as if planning a wedding wasn’t fun enough!

I’d love to hear from fellow brides, husbands, fiances and fiancees on how they go on & planned everything. Am I too calm? (LOL I am a basket of nerves on the inside!) Does it all work out better than you could of planned or am I kidding myself and I’m going to be hiding in the corner of the bridal suite because nothing worked out the way it was supposed too?

Anyway I am going to leave you with this video in the link below I found on brides.com of Marchesa designers Karen Craig & Georgina Chapman on their Bridal Do’s & Don’ts.