10-12 MONTHS TO GO
Set the date.
Decide on a budget that both families are happy with (and be clear on who will be paying for what).
Choose your official wedding party and MC (if appropriate).
Select a handful of ceremony and reception locations and organise a meeting with the wedding event co-ordinator to talk through packages and pricing.
Start an inspiration scrapbook and file all clippings of things you like in it. Include dresses you like, decorative ideas, cake designs, floral arrangements…. Everything!
8-10 MONTHS TO GO
Finalise a guest list and send out save the date cards.
Start the search for your dress and bridesmaid dresses.
Start researching on ideal honeymoon destinations.
Book an appointment with a florist to talk about flower arrangements and pricing. Book the reception/celebrant and run through menu options with the caterers.
Select a handful of wedding photographers and videographers and book an appointment to look through their portfolio and talk through pricing.
6-8 MONTHS TO GO
Finalise music for the reception and book entertainment (i.e.: band, DJ, etc)
Order your wedding gown and veil – or start on dress making.
Finalise and order your bridesmaid dresses.
Finalise flowers with the florist and décor with the reception/wedding planner.
Book the honeymoon! Don’t forget the relaxing massage the minute you arrive at the destination.
Get started on your gift registry – if you decide to have one.
Book transportation (don’t forget the getaway car!)
4-6 MONTHS TO GO
Buy accessories for you and the bridesmaids.
Finalise the groom’s suit (if you’re allowed!) and groomsmen’s suits.
Book a hair and make-up trial.
Book a hotel room for your wedding night.
Organise pre-marriage counselling if you’d like it.
Research and order wedding invitations, table place cards and bonbonniere.
Order your cake (and taste samples if they offer it!)
Organise taste testing for the menu.
Order your wedding bands and engraving.
Confirm dates for your hen’s night and be clear about what you’d like (and not like) for the night out.
2-4 MONTHS TO GO
Finalise guest list.
Send out wedding invitations.
Book hair and make-up artists for you and your bridesmaids. Don’t forget your mum and the groom’s mum too.
Consider booking dance lessons for the bridal waltz.
Finalise the menu with the caterers/reception.
Start putting together wedding booklets if having them and ceremony readings.
Finalise the gift registry and make sure there’s enough in every price range for your guests.
1 MONTH TO GO
Start writing your vows and wedding speech if you haven’t already done so.
Buy gifts for your groom and the wedding party.
3-4 WEEKS TO GO
Meet with your photographer to discuss shot list and photo locations.
Start putting together booklets (if you are having them), name-tags and other stationery required.
Confirm honeymoon arrangements.
Chase up any guests who haven’t RSVP’d.
Write up a time schedule for the day (including important contact numbers) and send to all parties involved in important parts of the day (I.e.: MC, celebrant, photographer, DJ, wedding co-ordinator, drivers).
1-2 WEEKS TO GO
Pick up your wedding bands.
Send final guest list to reception venue and confirm any vegetarian meals or special meal requirements for guests.
Book beauty appointments – wax, eyebrow shape, facial (no extractions!), etc.
Confirm pick up address and time with transportation.
Pick up the groom’s suit and groomsmen’s suits.
Book a hair appointment to have a trim and colour/treatment.
3 DAYS TO GO
Deliver all wedding favours, place cards, and liquor to the reception venue.
Have a spray tan – not too close to the day. Everyone will know you haven’t been to Hawaii and back!
Have your final dress fitting – be sure to wear all jewellery, shoes, and correct underwear.
Prepare a list of all payments required on the day, put in envelopes and leave someone in charge of handing out to the appropriate people on the day.
Get a manicure and pedicure.
Treat yourself and your groom to a relaxing massage.
Have a wedding rehearsal (if haven’t already organised one previously) with the bridal party and celebrant.
Get an early night!
Have a wonderfully awesome day as you take in and enjoy every moment to the full!
Congratulations on becoming husband and wife!