Make a shortlist of venues to visit and appointments to visit them.
Get engagement photos taken If you want them on your wedding invites or save the dates
Start browsing save the date designs to find your favorite type and style. Decide between sending online or postal.
Start browsing photographers and decide on photography styles that you like the most, documentary style, journalistic, lifestyle etc.
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Reserve ceremony and reception venues and make deposit payments to secure booking
After your venue is confirmed book your wedding photographer, videographer, makeup artist and hairstylists as soon as possible, this is important as quality vendors are usually booked months in advance.
Refine your guest list
Browse designs for wedding invitations and stationary
Browse programs, menu cards, guest books and favors.
It’s usually much easier if you use the same person for all of your stationary requirements
Consider using wedding websites and digital invitations, they are great if you don’t want to go the traditional route
Search for accommodation for you and your guests
Prepare a music playlist for JD/Band
Establish a beauty and skincare routine
Establish fitness routine
Set appointments to do fittings for wedding dresses, veils and shoes
Hire caterer, florist and wedding coordinator, ask your venue which services are included in your venue hire
Send your save the dates
Explore wedding day hair and makeup styles
Meet with officiant to discuss plans for ceremony
Reserve rentals: chairs, linens, lighting, décor etc.
Choose cake style and schedule tastings
Decide on groom and groomsmen attire
Hire DJ/band for your reception.
Hire ceremony musicians
Book wedding car and any other transportation needed to and from the venues.
Book any entertainment for your wedding day
Purchase wedding bands
Send out wedding invitations
Start to plan your honeymoon
Choose décor and flowers according to theme
Follow up on RSVP’s and finalize wedding guest list
Finalize dress style and bridal accessories
Book honeymoon flights and hotels
Book room for wedding night
Order wedding cake
Plan welcome baskets for out-of-town guests
Finalize food menu and go for a tasting
Plan rehearsal dinner or lunch
Book rehearsal dinner/lunch
Decide on guest wedding favors
Finalize honeymoon plans and ensure all documents are in order
Plan ceremony and reception seating
Experiment with hair styles and veil with your stylist
Finalize readings and speeches
Purchase garter x 2 (one for throwing & one to keep)
Purchase flower basket, ring pillow, knife for cutting the cake, photo booth props or any other additional items
Purchase wedding shoes, earrings and hairpieces
Order guest wedding favors or start making if handmade items
Review ceremony details with officiant
Go for marital preparation classes if this is part of your officiants marriage requirements
Begin writing vows if you’re writing your own
Go for dance classes if you’re in need
Lay out the content for wedding programs.
Apply for a marriage license if your officiant does not do this for you
Finalize seating arrangements
Finalize playlists with musicians
Arrange fittings for wedding party and parents
Create wedding day timeline and send to your vendors, officiant MC and wedding party
Finalize bridal party attire
Finalize bridesmaids & flower girl dresses
Decide on “something old, new, borrowed, and blue”
Book spa and beauty treatments for you and your bridal party
Purchase bridal robes & slippers
Purchase gifts for bridesmaids
Ensure marriage contracts are finalized
Call vendors to confirm date, times and location
Confirm honeymoon reservations
Pick up wedding rings
Get engagement ring cleaned and polished
Pick up marriage license if officiant does not
Discuss wedding timeline with your MC
Final dress fitting (with shoes, veil & jewellery)
Do bridal registry
Pick up wedding stationary
Give final head count to caterer
Do bridal makeup and hair trial
Begin breaking in wedding shoes
Make arrangements for the caring of pets and plants while on honeymoon
Send playlists to DJ/band/ceremony musicians.
Get final haircut and colour
Delegate wedding day duties: gift table, guestbook, etc.
Delegate someone to pick up groom’s suit, tuxes and rentals
Send directions and times to limo/transportation driver
Prepare final payments to vendors
Pick up your wedding dress
Give photographer and videographer your image and video requests