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Planning Checklist



After the excitement of getting engaged had settled I found that I was left with one question……where to start??

This checklist is a compact version of the Planning Schedule article, we put it together as a way for you to easily keep track of how the planning is proceeding.

Keep in mind that this list is only a guide; some of you will need to do everything and some won't. So just print it out, cross off what's not relevant to you and prioritise what's left so that you can enjoy your engagement and look forward to a fuss-free, fabulous wedding day.


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1. Start here…

 

 

2. Once the date is set...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engagement party (if desired)

 

 

Choose the wedding party and MC

 

Stat wedding binder

 

 

Browse for wedding and bridesmaid dress ideas

 

Decide on a wedding budget

 

 

Start looking at wedding suppliers

 

Do research on colours and themes

 

 

Photographers and/or videographers

 

Decide on a local or destination wedding

 

 

Hair stylists and make-up artists

 

Decide on the season, date and time

 

 

Wedding Officer

 

Compile a preliminary guest list

 

 

DJ’s or live music/instruments

 

Book a venue for the ceremony and reception

 

 

Florist

 

Send out save-the -dates

 

 

Baker

 

Reserve accommodation

 

 

Caterers

 

Look at insurance (if desired)

 

 

Stationary

 

Book a wedding planner (if desired)

 

 

Décor

 

Start your health and beauty regime

 

 

Transport

 

 

 

 

Start to set up a more permanent guest list

 

3. Now that that is sorted...

 

 

Start to plan the honeymoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop for the wedding dress & accessories

 

 

4. Next in line…

 

Shop for bridesmaid dresses & accessories

 

 

 

 

Create your gift registry

 

 

finalise the suppliers and pay deposits

 

Order the invitations

 

 

Get all the documents in order

 

Secure the suits and accessories

 

 

Schedule trial hair & make-up appointment

 

 

 

 

Schedule dress fitting 7 weeks before wedding

 

5. Final bits and pieces...

 

 

Start dance classes (if desired)

 

 

 

 

Organise your wedding rings

 

Send out invitations (6 - 8 weeks before the wedding)

 

 

Organise guest favours

 

Put together the day-of timeline schedule

 

 

Bachelor party and bridal shower

 

Finalise the floor plan for the reception

 

 

 

 

Finalise the guest list and seating plan

 

 

6. One week before…

 

Order stationary (menus, place cards, etc)

 

 

 

 

Get the wedding day extras

 

 

Book an appointment for tanning and waxing.

 

Buy gifts for wedding party and each other

 

 

Pick up your gown and other attire

 

Give the final guest count to your venue/caterer

 

 

Put together your Bridal Emergency Kit

 

Do a final confirmation with all the suppliers

 

 

Make sure everything is in order for the honeymoon

 

Cut and colour your hair (if required)

 

 

The rehearsal dinner (if you’re having one)

 

Schedule dress fitting 4 weeks before wedding

 

 

Get something old, new, borrowed and blue

 

 

 

 

Write your vows

 

7. The day before…

 

 

Book an appointment at a spa for the day before

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure the wedding-day items ready to go

 

 

8. On the day…

 

Enjoy your spa day

 

 

 

 

Take a long bath with essential oils and relaxing music

 

 

Make sure you have a healthy breakfast and lunch

 

Get a good night’s sleep

 

 

Allow plenty of time to get ready

 

 

 

 

Take a deep breath!!!