You are now about to embark on the excitement of planning your Wedding. It is the opportunity for you to create your special day and share with your family and friends your love and commitment to each other.
Successful weddings need a lot of good planning and organisation, so with this in mind we have created a simple checklist which you can refer to in the countdown to your Big Day! Each week, you can look at the check list and see some of the things that need to be done and who needs to be contacted, so that your wedding day is stress free, enjoyable and memorable for everybody involved.
After announcing your engagement and forth coming wedding with friends and family, the planning commences.
The Countdown Planner
|The Countdown Planner|
- 18 - 12 Months
- 12 - 6 Months
- 6 - 3 Months
- 6 - 2 Weeks
- 1 Week
- Last Day
- Wedding Day!
18 - 12 Months Before
Select a Wedding Date and Time.
Perhaps Talk with a Wedding Consultant or Planner.
Find out about local wedding shows and plan to visit.
Create a scrap book and keep all receipts, ideas, pictures to help your planning.
Decide on size of wedding you'd like to have.
Book Ceremony Venue / Registry Office and Reception Venue.
If not marrying at a hotel, book hotel for the Wedding Night.
Start thinking about your themes and colours schemes for your reception.
Book caterers and florists
Choose Wedding Attendants: Best Man or friend, Ushers, etc.
Choose and order Wedding Outfits from It's Bliss.
Decide on and Book Entertainment / Musicians.
Book Stationery Provider.
Book Photographer / Videographer.
Start health and fitness regime!
12 - 6 Months Before
Plan Ceremony and Reception Details Lighting, Table Centrepieces, Colour Schemes etc.
Arrange Marriage Licence.
Choose Music and Readings.
Order Wedding Cake.
Decide if you are having favours and order them.
Draw up guess list.
Decide on invitation designs and other stationary
Choose wedding rings.
Draw up wedding gift list or decide on a registry
Book transport (if required between ceremony and reception)
6-3 Months Before
Send out invitations
Book hairdresser and / or make up artist if required.
Purchase any wedding day accessories
Discuss menu with reception venue or caterers.
Discuss flowers with florist
Arrange wedding rehearsal and dinner
Arrange stag / hen nights
Arrange passports/visas/vaccinations for Honeymoon.
6 - 2 Weeks Before
Buy thank you gifts for attendants
Send wedding announcement to the newspaper
Ceremony and legal arrangements
Check reception venue and parking arrangements
Check photographer / videographer
Check caterers and finalize number of guests
Finalize arrangements with the entertainers
Provide list of music you would like played and for special moments i.e; first dance etc..
Draw up seating plan for reception
Check outfits final fittings
Check honeymoon arrangments and clothing
Pick up wedding rings
Create a wedding day time table
1 Week to Go
Double check all arrangements
Pack your baggage for your honeymoon and collect currency
Hold a wedding ceremony rehearsal
Go over wedding day timetable with attendants
Nominate attendant to take care of days schedule and any problems that may arise so that you can enjoy your day
Have a manicure, pedicure, fake tan and any other pampering treatments
Check on venue decorations
Relax and have an early night
The Wedding Day!
Relax and remain calm
Take time out for yourself during the day to reflect and take in sights, sounds and expressions as the day will pass very quickly