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Wedding Planning Checklist

Planning a wedding is no small feat! With so many details to arrange planning a wedding can be quite overwhelming. So we’ve comprised a month-by-month Wedding Planning Checklist to help make the task a little less stressful. 

18 – 9 months before: 

  • Start a wedding folder or binder
  • Work out your budget – including family contributions
  • Meet with the photographer 
  • Pick your wedding party 
  • Start a guest list
  • Search out venues & book a date 
  • Book your celebrant or officiant 
  • Research photographers, bands, florist and caterers
  • Meet with & book the photographer / videographer
  • Book the entertainment/DJ
  • Purchase the Bridal Gown

8 months before:

  • Book & meet with the caterer
  • Purchase the Bridal Gown
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town-guests (if applicable)
  • Organise your gift register
  • Send out “save the date” cards/emails
  • Plan decorations for the Ceremony (if applicable)
  • Plan reception decorations 
  • Book dancing lessons 

6 months before:

  • Select/purchase invitations 
  • Start planning a honeymoon 
  • Shop for the bridesmaids dresses 
  • Meet with the officiant 
  • Book a florist 
  • Book the cars
  • Organise your gift register 
  • Start composing timelines for the big day
  • Schedule your hair and makeup artisits and book in for a trial 
  • Organise suits

4 months before: 

  • Order your wedding rings 
  • Book the rehersal
  • Select and order the cake
  • Organise your Bridal Shower 
  • Purchase your shoes and accessories 
  • Choose your music 

3 months before:

  • Finalise the menu and flowers 
  • Order favours – if desired 
  • Organise an MC and running notes 
  • Finalise readings & program 
  • Finalise order of ceremony and reception 
  • Send out invitations 
  • Organise Marriage Licence 

2 months before: 

  • Touch base with all the vendors
  • Review playlist with the band or DJ
  • Visit dressmaker for fitting 
  • Print menu cards & programs 
  • Book any spa/ treatments for week of wedding

1 month before: 

  • Enter RSVP’s into your guest-list database 
  • Confirm times for hair/makeup
  • Assign seating 
  • Purchase bridesmaid/groomsmen gifts 
  • Write vows 
  • Book hair cuts
  • Pick up dress

Week of the wedding: 

  • Confirm arrival times with vendors 
  • Delegate small wedding-day tasks
  • Send a timeline to the bridal party
  • Final check in with photographer 
  • Send caterer the final guest numbers 
  • Pack for honeymoon 

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