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Your 12 month wedding to do list

12 Months to go

☐ Set your budget

☐ Decide on the number of guests

☐ Compile a guest list and start gathering addresses

☐ Book a reception venue and ceremony location

☐ Book a celebrant

☐ Pop the question to your bridesmaid and groomsmen

11 months to go

☐ Book your band, photographer and videographer

☐ Research potential suppliers for flowers, cake décor, hair, make-up etc.

☐ Start your wedding dress research

8-10 months to go

☐ Shop for and order your wedding dress

☐ Order your stationary

☐ Book a florist

☐ Order your wedding cake

6-7 months to go

☐ Send your save the dates

☐ Secure your wedding party's transport

☐ Plan and book your honeymoon or minimoon

☐ Hire a hair stylist and make-up artist and book your trials

4-5 months to go

☐ Shop for bridesmaid’s dresses

☐ Organize the legalities - book an appointment and give it at least three month’s notice to your registrar/priest/religious celebrant

☐ Arrange travel vaccinations and check passports & visas

☐ Attend pre-marriage counselling if required (Catholic ceremonies)

2-3 months to go

☐ Shop for grooms and groomsmen’s suits

☐ Shop for bridal accessories

☐ Send your invitations

☐ Order your wedding rings

☐ Attend dress fittings and hair/makeup trials

☐ Choose music for your ceremony and reception

1 month to go

☐ Prepare your ceremony with your officiant

☐ Have your final wedding dress fitting

☐ Finalise the order of your ceremony and your booklets

☐ Follow up any unreturned RSVP’s and finalise your guest list

☐ Design your seating plan

☐ Make as many final payments as you can

☐ Write your vows

☐ Decide who will do readings and speeches

☐ Create a schedule of the day and send to vendors

2 weeks to go

☐ Give venue or caterer your final head count

☐ Break in your wedding shoes

☐ Pick up your wedding dress, groom's suit and rings

The week of

☐ Confirm vendor delivery and arrival times

☐ Finalise transportation arrangements for ceremony and reception

☐ Final beauty appointments

☐ Organise cash to be paid to suppliers on the day

☐ Pack your bag

The day before

☐ Dress the venue (make sure you have lots of help!)

☐ Provide all wedding suppliers with a contact for the day

☐ Hold ceremony rehearsal and optional rehearsal dinner

☐ Get a good night’s sleep

Your Wedding Day

☐ Give wedding bands and remaining vendor payments to your Best Man and/or Maid of Honour

☐ Give gifts for parents to your Best Man and/or Maid of Honour for after the speeches

☐ Drink plenty of water and fill your tummy

☐ Enjoy every second


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