The Countdown

12 months –

Set your wedding date
Decide on your budget
Book wedding venue
For church weddings make arrangements with minister
Give notice to registrar (register office weddings)
Make a guest list
Book band or DJ
Book any other musicians
Book any other wedding entertainment
Book the caterers
Book the photographer
Book the videographer
Book wedding transport
Book the florist
Book the honeymoon
Order the cake
Choose your bridesmaids
Start looking for your wedding dress
Decide on your ushers
Decide on your best man

6 months –

Have first fitting for the wedding dress
Choose wedding shoes
Shop for other accessories
Choose the wedding rings
Arrange outfits for:-
Best man & ushers
Fathers & mothers
Order wedding favours
Order the invitations
Order any other stationery
Arrange to see hairdresser
Book a beautician

3 months –

Buy marriage licence from the registrar
Send out the invitations
Make gift list
Contact registrar / celebrant / minister to confirm plans
Decide music or hymns
Print order-of-service
Have hair trial
Have make-up trial
Buy gifts for:
Best man & ushers
Decide on seating plan
Plan hen & stag parties
Arrange ceremony rehearsal

1 month –

Have final dress fitting
Reconfirm the wedding arrangements with:
Wedding transport
Travel agents/honeymoon
All entertainment
Finalise the seating plan
Have a wedding rehearsal (if required)
Send out thank you cards
Write the wedding speeches
Enjoy the hen & stag night

7 days –

Pack for honeymoon
Order your foreign currency
Give the rings to best man
Bride get nails manicured
Groom get hair tidied up

Get some rest!

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