Planning a wedding is for some women, their biggest dream come true, while for others it is their worst nightmare. To ensure that your wedding goes off smoothly and without a hitch requires a lot of planning, list-making and negotiating.
To plan and organize the perfect wedding can sometimes take as much as twelve months. The sooner in advance you begin to plan your wedding, the more the chance is that you will get the type of venue, catering, photography and dress that you are looking for.
Wedding Planning Checklist — Six to Twelve Months Prior
The first thing to decide on is the date and time of the wedding. Once you have agreed upon this you will know what type of deadline you are working towards. If you can afford to, try to hire a wedding planner as they are the most equipped people to plan a wedding and know all of the tricks of the trade.
You also need to decide on what your budget is which will help you to determine what type of wedding you will have and how large your guest list will be. Wedding venues book out far in advance so the sooner you can decide on a location the better.
You will also need to start thinking about which photographer, videographer, florists and caterers you would prefer and book them. Finally, you need to start organizing the bridesmaid’s dresses, groom’s tuxedo and most importantly, the bridal dress.
Wedding Planning Checklist — Five Months Prior
By this time you should have decided on a guest list and start getting the final numbers so that you can give the caterer and organizers of the wedding venue an exact idea of how many people to expect. This is also the time when you need to make final bookings for your photographer, videographer, florist and caterer.
You should also have an idea of what type of wedding cake you want. If you are going on a honeymoon, this is the ideal time to start getting that sorted out and organising any travel documents that you might need. You should also find out what documents are needed for your marriage licence. Finally, start picking out wedding rings and having fittings done to make sure that the ring fits you properly.
Wedding Planning Checklist — Two Months Prior
Now is the time to start sending out your wedding invitations, consulting a lawyer who can help you to draw up a marriage contract and book your beauty and salon treatments such as manicures, facials and massages. Make all of your finalized confirmations for your cake, catering, florist etc. Start making plans for your rehearsal dinner and organize a bridesmaid’s get-together.
Wedding Planning Checklist — One Month Prior
Finalize your marriage license and transportation arrangements and make final appointments with the photographer, videographer and caterer to communicate exactly what your needs and expectations are. Have a fitting with your wedding dress and make sure that the bridesmaids have also had fittings. You can begin to plan the seating arrangements for the reception and make a final list of any specific songs that you would like to be played.
Wedding Planning Checklist — One to Two Weeks Prior
In this period you need to give your caterer the exact amount of people attending the wedding. You can also make final arrangements for the seating plan. Spoil yourself by having all of the necessary hair and salon treatments. Pack everything that you will need for your honeymoon and make sure that your travel documents are in order. Make final dress fittings for the bride, groom and any other attendants.
Wedding Planning Checklist — One Day Prior
By now most of the hard work should be done, leaving you with only a few minor touch-ups to attend to. This is the time when you will have your rehearsal dinner, get any manicure touch-ups that you might need and have a make-up trial run.
Wedding Planning Checklist — D-Day
Finally, the day has arrived. You will need to get your hair styled and make-up put on. Lastly, remember to eat a good, healthy meal a few hours beforehand, and most importantly try to enjoy the day and relax as much as possible.