you make lists you can't go too far wrong. It's the best way to
keep on track and organized. Set schedules for your wedding and
plan as much of it as you can. At the end of the day it will take
a lot of the stress out of preparation. And you are less likely
to make mistakes or forget something.
you decide on a date you must sit down and work out the costs.
After working out the different costs decide what
your budget is and try to stick to it Buy yourself a couple
of diaries and note what and who you gave deposits to Decide
on the type of wedding you would like to have, traditional and
formal, semi-formal, civic/registry office or something else.
think about the type of wedding dress you would like to wear.
Look through the various bridal magazines and publications,
visit specialist wedding dress suppliers. Make arrangements
to meet with the Priest/Clergyman or registrar. Book the wedding
reception/venue, catering and entertainment. Work out how many
guests you intend to invite and make guest list. Decide on whether
or not you are going on a honeymoon and look at the brochures
and book as soon as you can.
forget to include all the expenses of going away in your budget.
Flights, accommodation spending money etc. Now would be a good
time to check that you both have valid passports and visas.
Also will you need vaccines if necessary - sometimes you must
have these months in advance! Draw up a gift list and register
them with the relevant outlet. Some outlets have gift lists
online. Decide on whom you want for bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen,
ushers, pageboys and flower girls.
the search for the perfect dress and consider gowns for the
bridesmaids. You should at this stage visit the dressmaker.
Decide on the attire for the lads and check availability for
the wedding date. Now you need to start looking
for a photographer! While you're on this site now is the
time to provisionally book your photographer.
At least it will give you time to look around for a video guy.
Book the bridal car/s let them know if you intend to stop off
at a garden/park. You need also to check out what's on offer
with regard to the menu and let the hotel know the approximate
number you have invited to the reception.
out what child menus are available and if they can provide vegetarian
alternatives. Talk to your hairdresser for recommendations on
styles. Consider a style that isn't going to be high maintenance
on the day, especially if there is a bit of a breeze!
Months to go
Book registry office services. Order
wedding stationery, don't forget invitations, mass booklets,
napkins and cake boxes or any other novelties. Confirm all wedding
arrangements with the church - times, music, flowers, confetti,
the music you would like, be careful of you choice because some
priests can and do object to the choice of music, especially
if your other half is into Black Sabbath! Book your singer/s
at this time you can start looking for your trousseau or going
away outfit, consider something that's not going to be a once
all the outfits that are going to be worn on the day, bridesmaids'
dresses and best-men outfits, dressmakers require two three
months advance order. Choose the wedding rings, and arrange
when they should be picked up. (And don't loose them)!
Check out what flowers are going to be
in season and organize the flowers for the church and the reception.
Also order all the other flowers that will be required for the
day, headdresses, corsages and buttonholes for the bridal party.
Months to go
Confirm that everything is in order with
the honeymoon. Don't leave it until the last minute to change
your passport, you may have to change it to your new married
your hairdresser and make a final decision on what sort of style
you are going for. Don't forget to take into consideration what
sort of head-dress you will be wearing. If you haven't booked
the hotel rooms for the wedding party now might be a good time
to do that.
out the invitations, it's no harm if they are posted too early.
The more notice you give your guest the better. The guest that
have to travel to the wedding will appreciate any research you
have done with regard to available accommodation near the wedding
- also include a simple map and directions.
month to go
Purchase any gifts that you intend to
present on the day - Mother in-law, best man, maid of honor,
flower girl etc. Go through the entire yes replies (RSVP's)
and get a final count on how many guests you are going to have
sitting down for the meal. You might want to include the priest,
and the video guy. Finalize the numbers attending with the hotel.
Discuss a seating arrangement and plan out who sits where and
out the place cards - that's providing you've received them
from the printer. It's also a good idea to have an overall plan
of the tables, numbered and the names listed. The hotel will
help you with this.
the final headdress and wedding gown fitted. If you haven't arranged
your hens/stags party, now would be a good time to do it. Don't
arrange for anything too mad and this especially goes for the
groom - last thing you want is to be limping up the aisle in a
plaster cast! You can also post out any thank you cards for gifts
that you have received, or you could wait until after the wedding
and do them altogether. This memento would be appreciated by all
your guests. Decide on how you are going to wear your make up
and try out some new colors - get advice.
to the final two weeks
Ring around all the services that you
have booked - photographer, cars, video guy, organist &
singer, bands, disco, cake, cars and flowers. Arrange for additional
deposit/final payment checks for these services. Off you go
again, around to try on your complete wedding gown, just make
sure that the outfit looks and feels right. And make any final
adjustments that are needed.
the hotel and clarify the numbers, double check the menus and
any special arrangements that you have agreed. Round up the
girls! Have a hens night & keep away from the stags party!
If you haven't already had a rehearsal
of the ceremony at the church this is a good time to go through
your paces, and don't start biting your nails! The best man
should have the mass booklets at this stage. Pack your case
for your honeymoon & make sure the tickets are okay. Check
in is usually 2 hours before departure. Don't be tempted to
hang on for another drink!
suits, dresses, wedding dress, shoes, morning suits, are where
they should be. Now hopefully you can relax, enjoy the last few
days as a free woman/man and look forward to the future with your