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Planning Your Wedding

Planning your wedding is really exciting, but there are times when it can be incredibly stressful and overwhelming. This handy wedding checklist should help you get the ball rolling and keep you on track as you go. It's based on a 12 month schedule and by no means is it complete. However, it may be a good guideline of what to do and when.
Please consider the following schedule for your wedding planning journey...

12 months to go

Sit down with your partner and discuss the type of wedding you both want
Think about the time of year you want to get married and particular months
Decide how many guests you want to have and make a rough list
Think about the style of venue you’d like
Set yourself a budget
Start researching venue/ceremony locations such as SG Banquets
Book reception venue (Give SG Banquets a consideration)
Book ceremony venue
Look in to wedding insurance
Start researching wedding suppliers and services such as wedding photographers, entertainment, florists, makeup artists etc.
Book Wedding Planner (if required)
Book Photographer
Book Videographer
Book Band
Do some research on the style of wedding dress you’d like and potential stores
Book appointments with bridal shops to try on wedding dresses
Send Save the Dates if you’re looking to give guests lots of notice
Think about your bridal party – pop the question once you know who you’d like to ask

8-10 months to go

Research and book ceremony music
Order your wedding dress
Think about your colour scheme and any decor your want to hire
Research and reserve accommodation for guests
Start looking in to honeymoon options

6-8 months to go

Order wedding stationery
Order your wedding cake
Start thinking about flowers
Buy or look in to hire options for groom’s suit
Start looking for bridesmaid dresses
Book pre-marriage course (if getting married in a Catholic church)
Book honeymoon

4-6 months to go

Research and book trials with hair and makeup artists
Book hair and makeup artist
Send notification of intention to marry to the registrar (this is a legal requirement - you need to give at least three months notice)
Order bridesmaids’ dresses
Order baptism and communion certificates if getting married in Catholic Church
Get hen and stag party planning under way (ahem bridesmaid/best man)
Buy wedding shoes and accessories
Book your wedding transport
Book your DJ
Book florist and discuss your options
Attend pre-marriage course if you’re getting married in the Catholic Church
Check the date on your passport - renew if necessary

3 months to go

If you haven’t already sent notification of intention to marry, 3 months is the last chance to do it!
Buy wedding rings
Buy lingerie
Book alterations and fitting appointments
Organise wedding favours
Shop for and arrange reception and venue décor
Compile your wedding gift list (if you're having one)
Get Best Man and Groomsmen’s suits fitted
Have any vaccinations needed for the honeymoon
Start collecting addresses of friends and family for the invites and buy stamps
Decide on your song choices - first dance, reception entrance and processional/recessional options
Arrange food tasting and decide on menu

2 months to go

Get working on mass booklets (approve readings/song choices with Priest if getting married in a Catholic Church)
Send wedding invitations
Check out/test tanning options
Purchase gifts for the bridal party, parents, partner
Attend dress fittings
Think about your table plan display

4 Weeks to go

Have your final wedding dress fitting
Confirm details with suppliers
Confirm menu and any dietary requirements with the venue
Collect bridesmaid dresses
Send song suggestions/playlist to band/DJ
Chase any guests who have not yet RSVPed
Send photo list to photographer
Finalise guest list
Finalise mass/ceremony booklet and who is doing readings etc.
Start breaking in your wedding shoes

2 Weeks to go

Pick up wedding dress
Organise table plan and seating arrangements
Write speeches/vows
Order foreign currency for honeymoon if needed
Go over checklist to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything
Wear in wedding shoes
Get your something old/new/borrowed/blue (if you’re doing this tradition)

1 Week to go

Visit venue or chat to coordinator about placements (band, cake, first dance etc.) and timings
Give reception venue/caterer final guest numbers
Print or do up place cards and do up table plan
Confirm services/times with wedding suppliers and pass on bridesmaid/best man’s contact number
Get hair coloured
Have beauty treatments – waxing, tinting, massage etc.
Attend wedding rehearsal with celebrant
Assign bridesmaid/groomsman as contact person on the day
Pack your honeymoon bag (don’t forget your passport)
Create a timetable for your day with slots for bridal party’s hair, makeup etc.
Pack overnight back
Have lingerie, dressing gown and all accessories together
Organise envelopes with payments for suppliers – allocate groomsmen to look after on the day

2-3 days to go

Have manicure
Make any last minute changes to table/seating plans
Collect groom’s/groomsmen’s suits
Confirm time the wedding car will pick you up
Confirm time of cake delivery
Arrange for delivery of flowers to church/venue/home
Arrange for flowers/gifts to be given to parents/grandmothers
Put together wedding emergency kit

1 day to go

Drop off wedding decor, place cards, table names, favours, props, etc. to venue for set up
Give list of suppliers/contact numbers to bridesmaid/groomsman/other contact
Ensure bridal party know what time they’ve to be at your house/venue
Have the rings/wedding suppliers payment envelopes ready for the Best Man for the wedding morning
Ensure you have your wedding accessories ready for the morning/overnight bag packed
Double check what time the car will collect you
Relax
Soak up the excitement and get a good night’s sleep!

Day of the Wedding

Have fun and enjoy!
There will be things that happen that are beyond your control.
Relax! There is nothing you can do about it.
Just enjoy your special day and don't worry.