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...

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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!

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