Wed­ding count­down

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Choose a wed­ding date. Cal­cu­late your bud­get and draw up a spread­sheet.

De­cide on the style and theme of the wed­ding you want.

Speak to your re­li­gious head or registry of­fice to con­firm any nec­es­sary de­tails.

De­cide on and book the wed­ding and re­cep­tion venues and note the guest ca­pac­ity.

Make a pre­lim­i­nary guest-list, in­clud­ing your brides­maids, best man and full wed­ding party.

Cre­ate and post Save The Date cards to no­tify guests of the en­gage­ment and wed­ding.

Dis­cuss menu op­tions, look at es­ti­mates for food and drink, then con­firm a caterer. Start look­ing for your dress. Book your pho­tog­ra­pher and videographer.

Take out wed­ding in­sur­ance if it is re­quired.

Start a health/beauty regime.


Or­gan­ise a sec­ond meet­ing with your re­li­gious head and venue or­gan­iser to con­firm tim­ings and other de­tails.

Fi­nalise wed­ding cake op­tions and place an or­der.

Book trans­port to and from the cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion.

Dis­cuss flower ar­range­ments with a florist, keep­ing in mind what will be in sea­son.

Book a mu­si­cian, band or DJ for the re­cep­tion.

De­cide on the hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tion, book a ho­tel, trans­port and check pass­ports.

Pick your wed­ding sta­tionery and or­der of ser­vices and place your or­der.

Choose your wed­ding bands and or­der them.

De­cide on your wed­ding dress, groom’s suit and the wed­ding party’s at­tire for fit­tings.

Con­firm wed­ding guest list.


Con­firm all of your prior book­ings. Give your caterer the fi­nal head count not­ing any spe­cial di­etary re­quire­ments.

Buy all of your ac­ces­sories to match your dress in­clud­ing jew­ellery and shoes.

Speak to a hair and makeup artist and dis­cuss po­ten­tial looks.

Book an­other dress fit­ting ap­point­ment.

If you are get­ting mar­ried in a ho­tel make sure you have a room booked for the day and/or night of the wed­ding for get­ting ready.

De­cide if you are hav­ing cen­tre­pieces, dis­cuss with florist and or­der them.

No­tify your bank and any other of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment bod­ies that re­quire your change of name sta­tus.


Book your hair and make-up artist for a trial and ar­range tim­ings for your wed­ding day. Col­lect your wed­ding bands. Ar­range for a trusted friend or fam­ily mem­ber to bring the cake knife, toast­ing glasses, ring bearer pil­low and flower girl bas­kets. Draw up a seat­ing plan. Fi­nalise the out­fits for the groom, brides­maids, best man and bridal party.

Fi­nalise any last de­tails such as gifts for the guests and the wed­ding party.

Con­firm run­ning or­der of the cer­e­mony with all rel­e­vant par­ties tak­ing part.


Speak to your DJ and con­firm a first dance song for the re­cep­tion.

Have a fi­nal fit­ting of your dress with your veil, jew­ellery and shoes. It helps to prac­tice walk­ing.

Re­con­firm the hon­ey­moon ar­range­ments and pack for the va­ca­tion.

Con­firm the num­ber of guests with your caterer and fi­nalise the seat­ing plan.


Ar­range a re­hearsal at the venue. Re-con­firm your pho­tog­ra­pher, florist, hair and make-up artist, trans­port and cater­ing.

Li­aise with your pho­tog­ra­pher re­gard­ing spe­cific shots you want.

En­sure any­one do­ing a speech has it writ­ten and ready to be pre­sented.

Pre­pare an emer­gency wed­ding kit in­clud­ing dress re­pair ma­te­ri­als, any es­sen­tial make-up, tis­sues and other im­por­tant items.


Help to dec­o­rate the re­cep­tion venue if nec­es­sary and make sure all fi­nal de­tails are in place.

Ar­range for the cake to be de­liv­ered to the re­cep­tion.

Book your wed­ding party in for man­i­cures and last-minute beauty treat­ments.

Re­lax and have an early night.


Start the morn­ing with a good break­fast, as you will be on your feet most of the day.

En­sure you al­low plenty of time to have your hair and makeup done.

Get ev­ery­one dressed and ready. The mother of the bride should leave 15 min­utes be­fore the bride and her father.

At the cer­e­mony, the speeches run in the or­der of father-of-the­bride, fol­lowed by the groom, then the best man.

At the end of the evening, it is tra­di­tion for the bride and groom to leave the re­cep­tion first.


En­joy your hon­ey­moon. Send ‘thank you’ cards for your wed­ding gifts.

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