Congratulations on your engagement!
___ Announce your engagement to family and friends and consider announcing your engagement in the newspaper.
___ Arrange for both families to meet if necessary.
___ Arrange your engagement party.
12 Months Ahead / As Soon as Possible:
___ Select a wedding date and time.
___ Discuss and agree on a budget. Establish who is contributing and how expenses will be shared.
___ Purchase a wedding organiser or set up a folder to organise planning and keep your receipts. Consider hiring a wedding coordinator.
11 Months Ahead:
___ Agree on size of wedding and start a guest list.
___ Decide on formality of wedding, colour scheme, theme and style.
___ Book a ceremony location.
___ Book a reception location.
___ Plan premarital counselling if desired.
10 Months Ahead:
___ Book a celebrant/ officiator.
___ Choose your wedding party.
___ Begin a wedding website if desired.
9 Months Ahead:
___ Book a photographer and/or videographer.
___ Book a florist.
___ Book a band/DJ for reception.
___ Book caterers and discuss menu choices.
8 Months Ahead:
___ Shop for a wedding dress.
___ Book a decorator for the ceremony and reception areas and discuss theme. Alternatively, start planning and shopping for your DIY deocrations. Browse for Gem's Wedding Supplies Decorations wedding decorations.
___ Start a health and exercise regime.
7 Months Ahead:
___ Book a cake supplier and start planning a design.
___ Plan and book your honeymoon.
6 Months Ahead:
___ Find a stationery supplier. Send out "Save the Date" cards. Begin planning style and wording of invitations and other stationery.
___ Research hotel choices for out of town guests.
___ Decide on ceremony music. Book musicians.
___ Shop for bridesmaid and flower girl dresses.
___ Shop for bridal accessories (e.g. shoes, underwear, jewellery, veil, headpiece, bag). This may include something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Browse Gem's Wedding Supplies Accessories for wedding accessories.
5 Months Ahead:
___ Book hairdresser and make-up artist. Discuss and organise any pre-wedding beauty regimes with them.
___ Shop for Groom and Grooms Men suits and Pageboy outfits.
___ Book wedding night accommodation.
___ Plan style of bouquets, button holes and ceremony flowers with your florist.
4 Months Ahead:
___ Organise hair and makeup trial.
___ Book wedding cars.
___ Consider dance lessons.
___ Purchase wedding rings.
___ Register a bridal registry if having one.
3 Months Ahead:
___ Choose your MC and begin planning reception details with them.
___ Purchase bridal party accessories (e.g. shoes, jewellery, hairpieces, bags, socks, cufflinks, ties). Browse Gem's Wedding Supplies Accessories for wedding accessories.
___ Make wedding bomboniere. Browse Gem's Wedding Supplies Bomboniere for wedding bomboniere.
___ Purchase any other accessories required (e.g. ring pillow, flower girl baskets). Browse Gem's Wedding Supplies eBay store for any other required wedding items.
___ Organise travel visas for honeymoon if required. Check passport is valid.
___ Organise Hen's Night/ Buck's Night and Bridal Shower/ Hen's Night/ Kitchen Tea. Browse Gem's Wedding Supplies Hen's Night for Hen's Night accessories and decorations.
2 Months Ahead:
___ Finalise guest list.
___ Finalise and post wedding invitations.
___ Finalise wedding menu with caterers.
___ Finalise ceremony details with celebrant and ask readers to be part of the day.
___ Ensure all legal paperwork is completed before the deadline.
___ Schedule dress fittings.
___ Purchase bridal party gifts.
1 Month Ahead:
___ Print ceremony programs.
___ Finalise the wording of your vows.
___ Finalise music selections (e.g. introduction, first dance, cake cutting, father/daughter dance, last dance, "must play" and "do not play" lists).
___ Provide a list of required photographs to your photographer.
___ Practise first dance wearing your shoes.
___ Call guests who have not RSVP'd.
A Few Weeks Ahead:
___ Arrange rehearsal.
___ Finalise numbers for reception venue.
___Create a searting plan and prepare place cards.
___ Create a wedding day schedule of all elements including suppliers. Confirm times and details with all professionals.
___ Prepare toasts and speeches.
___ Shop and pack for the honeymoon.
___ Assign someone to deliver reception and ceremony items (e.g. guest book, pen, cake knife, toasting glasses, place cards).
___ Ensure all invoices are paid.
___ Colour and trim your hair. Book any final beauty treatments (e.g. waxing, massage, manicure, pedicure).
The Day Before:
___ Lay out everything you need on the day.
___ Pack a bag for the night of your wedding.
___ Have healthy breakfast ingredients available.
___ Have a relaxing evening and get to bed early.
After Your Special Day:
___ Send thank you cards.
___ Arrange name changes.
___ Organise for your wedding dress to be cleaned and stored.
___ Meet with photographer/ videographer to finalise photos/ video.