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We’ve got all of your wed­ding to-dos – and when to do them.

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12 months be­fore

Com­pile your guest list. Set the wed­ding bud­get. Fig­ure out who’s go­ing to be pay­ing for what. Hire a wed­ding plan­ner if you’ll be us­ing one. Book the cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion venues.

10 months be­fore

Choose your of­fi­ciant. Go dress shop­ping. This is a great way to see what works for your body shape and style. Meet po­ten­tial ven­dors, like florists and cater­ers. Select your bri­dal party. If you’re go­ing for cus­tom in­vi­ta­tions, hire a sta­tioner or graphic de­signer.

8 months be­fore

Hire the caterer, florist, band/ DJ, cer­e­mony mu­si­cians and pho­tog­ra­pher. TIP! Visit bri­dal ex­pos to find all of the sup­pli­ers un­der one roof. If you’re mak­ing a dress, visit a dress­maker (or two), and get ideas and quotes. Then book your favourite. Start a wed­ding web­site now. Send out save-the-dates (es­pe­cially if you’re hav­ing a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding). Add ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions for out-of-town guests.

6 months be­fore

Plan your brides­maids’ dresses. Go shop­ping to­gether or buy fab­ric. Book your hon­ey­moon. Shop for wed­ding bands. Or­der in­vi­ta­tions. Meet with your ven­dors to dis­cuss de­tails. Choose the get­away car.

4 months be­fore

Or­der your cake. Set up a wed­ding reg­istry. Plan the re­hearsal din­ner. Choose the groom’s and grooms­men’s at­tire. Mail your in­vi­ta­tions.

2 months be­fore

Buy your wed­ding dress if it’s off the rack. Write vows if you plan to per­son­alise them. Fi­nalise the cer­e­mony with your of­fi­ciant.

6 Weeks be­fore

Print the pro­grammes, menus, etc. Fi­nalise the party favours.

2 Weeks be­fore

Have your fi­nal dress fit­ting. Sub­mit a shot list to the pho­tog­ra­pher. Send playlists to the DJ. Re­view RSVPS and con­tact any out­stand­ing strag­glers.

1 Week be­fore

Pro­vide a fi­nal head­count to the site and caterer. Fi­nalise the seat­ing chart. Give your last-minute re­quests to the ven­dors.

48 hours be­fore

Pick up your dress. Write cheques due the day of. Put ven­dor tips in en­velopes, and ask the maid of hon­our or best man to dis­trib­ute them.

Don’t leave book­ing your ser­vice providers to the last minute, as good The stress of bal­anc­ing life, work and wed­ding plan­ning can turn any brideto-be into a mon­ster. If you feel bridezilla com­ing on, take a break with your groom, get per­spec­tive and drink cham­pagne. And if that doesn’t work, hire a wed­ding plan­ner to deal with the parts that you’re not cop­ing with. It’s what they’re there for!

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