27th July 2018 /   Sophie / 

12-Month Wedding Planning Checklist

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Can you hear those wedding bells already? Is your heart racing?

Most of us girls have dreamt our wedding day countless times, playing it over in our heads, planning each and every last detail.

Now the time has come that your childhood dream is going to made into a reality.

No one finds wedding planning easy – it is the biggest day of your life after all. There’s lots of things to think about and then you start to ask yourself the question: why is suddenly everything so expensive?

Planning a wedding can be nerve-wracking and seem like a full-time job.

What a stress-free wedding really needs is a good plan. A checklist you can follow that will take you from your engagement day to uttering your vows at the altar.

While it’s designed as a 12-month plan, you can adjust depending on your situation. Print it out and plan your dream wedding – as stress free as possible. Now, wedding planning – let’s go!

Before you start

So, when is the big day?

Before you can start checking items off of this list, you must first decide on the budget and the style of the wedding.

Do you want a large celebration, a traditional ceremony or a cosy event with just the closest to you? The details will inevitably change, but having a clear starting point will save you from a hundred of difficult decisions.

12 months

A couple of fun decisions to start off…

  • Pick a date.
  • Book the venue for your wedding.
  • Make a (preliminary) guest list.
  • Choose your bridesmaids and groomsmen.
  • ‘Big picture’ brainstorm – wedding dresses, overarching colours, music, etc.
  • Consider ‘Save the Date’ cards.
  • Research wedding service providers – planners, photographers, videographers, caterers, florists, musicians or DJs, etc.
  • Book said wedding service providers.
  • Ask around. Experienced wedding goers often have valuable tips or can help in other ways.

10-11 months

See? It’s not that hard!

  • Consider the attire of the bridal party.
  • Reserve attire rentals.
  • Specify the style of the wedding.
  • Decide on the necessary reception accessories.
  • Reserve additional rentals – transportation, accessories, chairs.
  • Pick and reserve the wedding dress.
  • Decide on necessary attire accessories and make reservations.
  • Choose three honeymoon destination ideas.

8-9 months

Picking up the pace…

  • Finalise the guest list.
  • Design wedding invitations.
  • Decide on the accommodation for the guests.
  • Order honeymoon tickets and accommodation.
  • Register for a pre-marriage course. Yep, that’s a thing.
  • Order wedding rings.

6-7 month

You’re doing great!

  • Send out the wedding invitations.
  • Taste and pick out a wedding cake.
  • Book a hair stylist and a makeup artist.
  • Discuss your wedding plans with your minister/celebrant/officiant.
  • Decide on the attire for the wedding party.
  • Order gifts and/or ‘Thank You’ cards for the wedding party, your parents and the wedding guests.

4-5 months

No worries. Plenty of time left.

  • Make a honeymoon plan.
  • Contact guests who haven’t RSVPed yet.
  • Make amendments based on the RSVPs.
  • Discuss options with a flower designer.
  • First wedding attire fitting.
  • If you’re planning one, reserve a venue for a rehearsal dinner.

3 months

A few things to clear up…

  • Finalise the guest list.
  • Coordinate any guest-list changes with the venue and the caterers.
  • Finalise the menu.
  • Order wedding accessories – a guestbook, serving pieces, toasting flutes, etc.
  • Check your IDs, travel documents, vaccinations for the honeymoon.
  • Attend a wedding course.

2 months

Only the easy part is left…

  • Organise seating for the ceremony, venue.
  • Finalise the wedding programme.
  • Go through the wedding programme with photographers, videographers, drivers, musicians.
  • Organise a second fitting for you, bridesmaids and groomsmen.

1 month

30 days. Heart’s pounding harder?

  • Start packing for the honeymoon.
  • Confirm orders – service providers, vendors, transportation, etc.
  • Check for guest-list changes.
  • Check up on the wedding dress if any changes were required.

2 week

It’s almost here. Do you feel it?

  • Keep caterers up to date with guest changes.
  • Get a haircut.
  • Go through the programme with your wedding party, parents.
  • Organise the returns of any rentals after the wedding.
  • Meet with the photographer and/or videographer, go through the programme and any requests.

1 week

Time for one last check.

  • Last wedding attire check-up. Arrange fixes if necessary.
  • Last venue and reception check-up – make sure everything is in place.
  • Prepare payments to all service providers.
  • Print table cards.
  • Pack for the wedding night.
  • Prepare for the honeymoon.
  • Make a list of anything you will need both during your wedding and on your honeymoon.
  • Arrange a SPA

The day before

Ready or not, here it comes.

  • Set the flower delivery to the bridesmaids.
  • Even if you aren’t having a rehearsal dinner, assemble the key participants and go through the programme.
  • Assign an emergency contact for service providers to talk to.
  • Send table cards to the venue.
  • Check on the cake
  • Don’t stay up too late. You need rest.

Wedding day

Now, enjoy your special day girl!

  • Give the rings to the best man.
  • It probably sounds impossible, but try to relax and enjoy your day.
  • Some things won’t go according to a plan. And that’s ok.

Please note that these are just suggestions – you can tailor your own plan exactly how you want it. And please, if things don’t quite go to plan, remember this is just a guide!

If you’re ready to choose your wedding dress,  book an appointment with our friendly team today.

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