Get big-day ready with Sam and Snez
After finding love on Australia’s most high-profile dating show, the wedding pressure for Sam Wood and Snezana Markoski couldn’t be any higher. They share their tips...
SNEZ’S GUIDE TO PLANNING THE PERFECT WEDDING 12 months out:
DECIDE YOUR VIBE At this stage it’s important to gauge a mutual understanding about what your big day will look and feel like.
WORK OUT A BUDGET No matter if it’s big or small, work out your figure early. Be realistic, or you risk putting yourself under financial stress.
CHOOSE A VENUE If you have your heart set on a specific venue, you need to book it right now. Otherwise, start exploring. Picking a venue has to be the first thing you do. Yes, even before the dress.
SET A DATE Make sure it works for you and your nearest and dearest. You’ll be surprised how quickly venues and people’s calendars get booked.
CREATE A GUEST LIST Sitting down and working out how many guests you’ll have and who you will invite should definitely be done at this stage. START LOCKING IN SUPPLIERS Look for a photographer, videographer, officiant, performers, florist, cake maker and caterer (phew!) who you trust, and who understand you and what you want.
6 months out:
CHOOSE A DRESS If possible, have the dress chosen and ordered by now. Tell the designer or boutique your wedding is two weeks before the actual date to give you buffer time in case of delays or lastminute alterations. LOCK IN A CONCEPT Confirm your theme and general vibe – colour palettes, design elements, props... the works. By now you should also be looking at your bridal party’s outfits.
3 months out:
INVITE PEOPLE At this point, all your invitations should be sent. It’s good to be an early bird with this, it helps make sure friends and fam can be there. GET THE RINGS Whether you’re planning them as a surprise for each other or sourcing them together, now is the time to organise your wedding bands. PLAN YOUR HEN’S PARTY By now you’re probably in need of a large drink. If you’re all about the control, it’s time to decide how to celebrate your last unmarried days, otherwise, get delegating. What’s a maid of honour for, after all?
1 month out:
CONFIRM ALL VENDORS Double check everything. Vendors and suppliers deal with hundreds of weddings a year and things are easily missed. Now is the time to catch anything that’s fallen through the cracks. WRITE YOUR VOWS If you’re writing your own, it’s good to have them done now, so you’ve got time for a few dozen edits.
1 week out:
CONFIRM ALL VENDORS Yes, again. Print out your vendor contact lists with any important notes and give the list to people you can trust to monitor any disasters on the day.
SLEEP It might seem obvious, but don’t let your todo list take over your beauty sleep time.
1 day out:
CHECK THE BLING Your last duty before you hit the aisle is to make sure your ring bearer has the goods. Once you’ve seen them, it’s time to sign off. IT’S TIME Relax and kiss your partner goodnight the next time you see them you’ll be walking down the aisle!
HEADS UP GUYS, AUSTRALIA IS WATCHING!