This guide will help you keep everything under control and running smoothly. It allows an average six to 12 months’ preparation, and is based on a traditional-style wedding and conditions in the larger centres. If you plan to get married in a shorter time or have a different style of wedding, don’t panic, the basic planning and order will remain much the same. But please remember that while some suppliers are able to undertake work at short notice, for others this is quite impossible. Adequate lead time can take much of the stress out of wedding planning and helps to ensure you can arrange your wedding just as you want it, without disappointments or second choices. Where applicable, get a written quotation and contract from suppliers. To start with, delete any items that don’t concern you and insert any extra items for your particular style of wedding in the space provided, then just tick off your achievements as you go. Visit our website www.brideandgroom.co.nz for more than 20 easy-to-use checklists that you can print out.