KEEP CALM AND GET IT DONE
Use our countdown and budget guide to plan your day
Set a date for your wedding and decide on a theme.
Draw up a budget and decide who will pay for what – see our useful budget guide on the opposite page. Book venue and marriage official. Gather ideas using a Pinterest board, scrapbook or file.
Draw up a preliminary guest list. If using one, book a wedding planner.
Get quotes from service suppliers.
Finalise your guest list.
Begin looking for your wedding dress or having it designed.
Pick the bridesmaids and groomsmen, talk to them about their duties and plan their outfits. Decide if you are having flower girls and ring bearers and finalise their outfits. Book a caterer, photographer, florist, wedding cake baker, entertainment and any accommodation.
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.
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.
Send out the invitations.
Plan seating arrangements, and ceremony and reception programmes.
Order wedding rings and collect or check when to collect.
Order thank-you gifts, if having. Finalise the menu and drinks.
Discuss details with the people providing entertainment.
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.
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.
Collect your wedding dress. Ensure groom and retinue outfits are ready.
Confirm the number of guests, time, venue and special needs with the caterer.
Pack for the honeymoon.
Have final beauty treatments. Pay outstanding service provider fees.
Do a test run of the ceremony at the place you’ll be getting married and at more or less the same time.
Give your rings to the best man. Practise your speeches and vows.
Pack a wedding day emergency kit: scissors, hairspray, pins, plasters, sewing kit, water, hand lotion, etc. Ask a bridesmaid to keep it.