YOUR WED­DING COUNT­DOWN

Here’s how you can man­age your time and not stress ahead of your wed­ding day

DRUM Weddings - - CONTENTS -

Use our handy count­down to plan your wed­ding.

12 MONTHS

Set a date and de­cide on a theme. Draw up a bud­get and de­cide who will pay for what – get a use­ful bud­get guide at www.drum.co.za/diy/drum-wed­dings-bud­get-ad­vice/ Book venue and mar­riage of­fi­cial. Gather ideas us­ing a pin­board, scrapbook or file.

11 MONTHS

Draw up a pre­lim­i­nary guest list. If us­ing one, book a wed­ding plan­ner.

Get quotes from ser­vice sup­pli­ers.

10-9 MONTHS

Fi­nalise your guest list.

Be­gin look­ing for or hav­ing your wed­ding dress de­signed.

Pick the brides­maids and grooms­men, talk to them about their du­ties and plan their out­fits. De­cide if you are hav­ing flower girls and ring­bear­ers and fi­nalise their out­fits. Book a caterer, pho­tog­ra­pher, florist, wed­ding cake baker, en­ter­tain­ment and any ac­com­mo­da­tion.

8-7 MONTHS

Book a dé­cor plan­ner and what you need to take to your venue such as wine, chairs, table­cloths, etc. Book a hair­styl­ist, make-up artist and shop for wed­ding shoes.

Be­gin plan­ning your menu.

Send out a “save the date”.

Book dance lessons, if nec­es­sary.

6-5 MONTHS

Or­gan­ise a gift registry.

De­sign and or­der the in­vi­ta­tions. Be­gin plan­ning the hon­ey­moon. En­sure you have all nec­es­sary travel doc­u­men­ta­tion.

Ar­range a mas­ter of cer­e­monies.

4-3 MONTHS

Send out the in­vi­ta­tions.

Plan seat­ing ar­range­ments, and cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion pro­grammes.

Or­der wed­ding rings and col­lect or check when to col­lect.

Book trans­port.

Or­der thank-you gifts.

Fi­nalise the menu and drinks.

2 MONTHS

Dis­cuss de­tails with your DJ. Talk to a lawyer about your wed­ding con­tract.

Ar­range the wed­ding li­cence. Buy ac­ces­sories.

Start wear­ing your wed­ding shoes at home to wear them in. Meet with the pho­tog­ra­pher to dis­cuss ideas and the type of pic­tures you want.

1 MONTH

Go for the fi­nal dress fit­ting. Con­firm guest list and check RSVPs. Fi­nalise time sched­ule for the day. Write speeches and vows.

Or­der menus, seat­ing charts, etc. Go for hair­style and make-up tri­als. Do fi­nal checks and con­fir­ma­tions with ser­vice providers.

1-2 WEEKS

Col­lect your wed­ding dress. En­sure groom and ret­inue out­fits are ready.

Con­firm the num­ber of guests, time, venue and spe­cial needs with the caterer.

3 DAYS

Pack for the hon­ey­moon.

Have fi­nal beauty treat­ments. Pay out­stand­ing ser­vice provider fees.

2 DAYS

Do a test run of the cer­e­mony at the place you’ll be get­ting mar­ried and at more or less the same time.

DAY BE­FORE

Give your rings to the best man. Prac­tise your speeches.

TIP

Pack a wed­ding day emer­gency kit: scis­sors, hair­spray, pins, plas­ters, sewing kit, wa­ter, hand lo­tion, etc. Ask a brides­maid to keep it.

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