Wedding Planning Checklist

Congratulations on your engagement.

Your Wedding Your Budget, planning your wedding day can be fun and exciting for you both, but easy to get overwhelmed with all the different options there are out there.

Knowing where to start and whom to turn to can be challenging at times

Hopefully my guide based on a 12 month length will help you along the way.


Announce your engagement Choose your engagement ring
Determine the style and theme of your wedding whether this be (formal, semi-formal, informal)
Make a list of what is important to you for a wedding this will help determine your budget
Discuss the wedding budget and who will pay for what
Decide on a wedding date and start searching wedding venues
Find a wedding officiate (the person who will marry you) and apply for the necessary licence’


Photographer ( That’s Me )
Bridal Gown
Formal Suit Hire
Live Music, Disco,
Entertainers or bands
Caterer (if needed)
Wedding Transport
Hair and Beauty Stylist
Bridesmaid Dresses
Wedding Cake
Shoes and Accessories
Wedding Lingerie
Venue Decoration/Chair Covers
If the vendor is available on your chosen date book them right away.
Compile a preliminary guest list
look through bridal magazines,
search the internet to gain ideas and inspiration for your big day
Finalise your wedding colours, theme and style
Choose your bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, flower girl and ring bearer and ensure they are aware of what their duties are
Choose and purchase your wedding rings
Begin looking at honeymoon options and discuss where you both would like to go


Start planning ceremony and reception music choices
Start looking at invitation designs If you haven’t already,
purchase your wedding gown, veil and accessories
Finalise and order/purchase attire for your attendants
Sign up for your gift registry/honeymoon donation


Contact your florist and finalise your arrangements
Order Wedding stationery(invitations, envelopes, order of service etc.)
Book you wedding transport
Arrange accommodation for out of town guests (book blocks of hotel rooms)
Choose your wedding cake
Decide on your wedding decorations including favours


Order your wedding cake
Finalise your guest list
Meet with your wedding officiate to discuss details of the ceremony
Choose gifts for your attendants and parents
Groom and male members of the wedding party to arrange for a suit fitting
Reconfirm honeymoon arrangements
Start writing your wedding vows, if you are doing them yourself


Send out your invitations
Meet with vendors to finalise arrangements
Schedule a hair and makeup trial with a consultant
Start making/buying wedding favours
Finalise music selections for the ceremony and reception If changing your name,
complete the proper documents
Meet with officiate to finalise ceremony details
Reserve room for wedding night if not already done so


Collect wedding gown/dress,
bridesmaid, flower girl dresses and accessories
Give final guest numbers to venue/receptions/caterer
Make sure the men have their final suit fitting
Reconfirm everything with vendors one last time


 Try to eat breakfast, even if you think you aren’t hungry
Have your hair and makeup done
Begin dressing two hours before ceremony is scheduled to begin, Take a deep breath, relax and most importantly enjoy your big day! And above all I will be there to help you anyway and capture fantastic pictures for you.


If you are due to leave for honeymoon straight after the wedding day you need to ensure the following:
Any formal attire such as suits that have been hired for the day are returned the next working day in good order to the vendor. (Perhaps delegate this task to the best man or a member of the wedding party)
Ensure the venue is aware of any table decorations or chair covers that have been hired for the wedding from florists or venue decoration companies are stored safely for collection to ensure any refundable deposits are returned.
Ensure thank you notes for any gifts or donations are sent out no later than 3 months after your wedding date.


Wedding Planning Checklist, Planning A Wedding Is Simply Getting Organised.

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