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My Wedding Checklist To Make Wedding Planning Easy

My Wedding Checklist To Make Wedding Planning Easy

For many of us planning for a wedding is the biggest event we’ve had to design, organise and manage. Having a checklist to get us started and on track can make life so much easier.

18 months before or as soon as possible

  • Choose a wedding date
  • Create a Wedding Planner Folder to keep details together and easy to use
  • Order the Wedding Cake
  • Discuss and decide on your Budget
  • Discuss the type of Wedding; Church or Civil
  • Book the Venues – ceremony and celebration
  • If planning an outside wedding consider wet weather alternatives (backup plans save on worries)
  • Draw up your Guest List
  • Get ideas for Photographers, Videographers, Caterers, Stationers, Entertainers – ask for references and to see examples of their work
  • Consider Wedding Insurance

12 months before

  • Book the Photographer and/or Videographer
  • Choose a Colour Scheme
  • Browse for Dresses for the Bride and Bridesmaids and Male Outfits
  • Browse for the Wedding Rings
  • Select and Book a Mistress/Master of Ceremonies
  • Book Wedding Cars – consider transport after the Reception too
  • Contact Travel Agents for Honeymoon possibilities
  • Organise Music/ Entertainment for the Reception

6 months before

  • Order your Wedding Dress, Shoes and Jewellery
  • Select your Best Man and Groomsmen
  • Book your Honeymoon – make sure any travel documents and insurances are in order
  • Order your Wedding Stationery, (Invitations, Place-cards, Thankyou Cards and Order of Service)
  • Consider accommodation needs of guests and availability – will the need to stay over night or for the weekend?
  • Order the Groomsmen Suits and Bridesmaids Dresses
  • Order Bridal Presents and Table Decorations
  • Organise disposible camers for each table at the reception

4 months before

  • Mail out your Invitations and record all replies in the Wedding Planner folder
  • Order the Wedding Rings
  • Plan your Floral Display and Order all Wedding Flowers
  • Compile and Distribute a Wedding Gift List
  • Organise accommodation and care for any pets
  • Confirm the Wedding Venue booking

2 months before

  • Book Wedding Night Accommodation
  • Book Newly Wed Brunch for the next day
  • Select a Hairdresser and Beautician for the Wedding Day and book Trial Sessions
  • Inform Caterers and Reception Venue of final numbers
  • Organise Stag and Hen parties to happen a week before the wedding
  • Organise Going Away Outfits and honeymoon Clothes
  • Assist in selecting Mother-of-the-Bride Outfits

1 month – 1 week before

  • Select and Purchase Gifts for Parents and Attendants
  • Hold a Dress Rehearsal
  • Decide on your Seating Plan
  • Organise Final Fitting for Wedding and Bridesmaids Dresses
  • Organise Final Fitting for Groomsmen outfits
  • Confirm Transport Arrangements
  • Confirm music/entertainment arrangements
  • Organise Travellers Cheques and Currency if travelling abroad
  • Have your Hens and Bucks nights
  • Notify those concerned of Name Change if wanted. e.g. Bank, Building Society, Electoral Roll, Credit Card Suppliers, Insurance Company, Driving Licence
    Authority, Dentist, Doctor, Insurance Company, Passport Office etc.
  • Ensure that guests have Travel and Accommodation information
  • Make sure bills are covered and memberships are suspended before going away, eg. electricity, gas, water, mobile, telephone, gym, club, home and car insurances etc.
  • Pack for Honeymoon
  • Have a dinner with all the bridal party – bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Get a massage and facial and relax

The day before

  • Arrange for the Best Man to collect the Wedding Rings
  • Supply Order of Service Sheets to Ushers
  • Place Wedding Clothes and Accessories in Dressing Room
  • Cards, Messages and Telegrams to be given to the Best Man
  • Check that you have all Hotel and Travel Documentation, Money, Travellers Cheques, Car Keys, Driving Licence and all items relating to your Accommodation and Honeymoon ready to go.
  • Get a good night’s sleep!

My Wedding Day!

  • Have a good breakfast to avoid feeling faint during the ceremony
  • Check that you have all Hotel and Travel Documentation, Money, Travellers Cheques, Car Keys, Driving Licence and all items relating to your Accommodation and Honeymoon.
  • Enjoy yourselves!

After the Wedding

  • Send out Thankyou Cards – tip; on the back of the wedding gift card write what the present is so it is easier to do the cards.
  • Arrange for Hired Clothes to be returned
  • Enjoy your Honeymoon
  • Get your photos developed from the disposible cameras
  • Have a gathering after the honeymoon to catchup with friends and family to look at wedding photos and videos.


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