x

Bride’s Wedding Checklist

Whether it's your first, second or third time down the aisle, weddings take a lot of planning. We've…

Weddings are all about planning! If you’ve ever wanting to scratch up on your ‘time management’ skills, it’s now! We’re here to lend a helping hand by compiled a must-read checklist to get you ready for your walk down the aisle.

12 OR MORE MONTHS BEFORE:

  • Decide on your wedding size and start drawing up your guest list.
  • If you have children, ask them to be part of your wedding party — a great way to involve them in your union.
  • Start searching for ceremony and reception sites.
  • Draw up a budget (check out The Knot Wedding Budgeter, a tool you can use once you’ve registered with us here!).

8-10 MONTHS BEFORE:

  • Start shopping for your dress. If you’ll be wearing something that requires a few alterations, or doesn’t need to be ordered, you can wait until six months before.
  • Book a photographer and videographer. If your wedding will be casual, have relatives bring their own cameras and video equipment.
  • Book your florist.
  • Envision the entertainment. Will you book a band or DJ? Full orchestra or quartet? Perhaps your uncle’s Polka band?

6-8 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Decide on a menu. For an informal affair, have a barbecue or luncheon at “your” restaurant.
  • Consider letting your bridesmaids pick their own dresses — you choose the colour.
  • Start planning your honeymoon (and arrange a babysitter for the kids).
  • Start working on a song list. For a backyard bash, make a CD or fill your iPod with your favourites.

4-6 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Attend pre-wedding counselling (if needed).
  • Start shopping for invitations (including children in the wording is a thoughtful touch).
  • Start shopping for wedding rings.
  • Choose the groom’s attire — it can be as casual as chinos and a polo, or as formal as a tux.

3 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Hire wedding day transportation.
  • Order wedding rings (consider inscribing your names and your children’s names on the inside).
  • Order family medallions (placed around the neck of each child during the ceremony to symbolize the creation of a new family).
  • Finalise your guest list.
  • Attend parties in your honour (have a joint shower with a cool theme like wine tasting!).

2 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Mail invitations.
  • Writing your own vows? Start now.
  • Find out and apply for the necessary legal requirements for getting married at your state’s or territory’s Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages; you can find a list of the individual Australian registries at Australia.gov.au.

1 MONTH BEFORE

  • Make last minute adjustments to flowers and music.
  • Make wedding programs detailing how you met and who your families are.
  • Have final dress fittings if necessary — make sure your bridesmaids  and bridal party do this too!

TWO WEEKS AND COUNTING

  • Check your marriage license has arrived.
  • Get one last haircut or trim before the big day.
  • Make a list of songs you want to play, and songs you can’t bear to hear.
  • Call guests who haven’t returned their RSVPs.

1 WEEK BEFORE

  • Give caterers a final head count.
  • Make a seating chart (a modern tradition is to sit with your kids, if you have any, rather than with your bridal party).
  • Confirm all arrangements.

2-3 DAYS BEFORE

  • Get a manicure (If either of you has a daughter, take her, too).
  • Attend the rehearsal dinner.
  • Reconfirm your flower order (where and when they will be delivered).
  • Organise payment for final balances.
  • Enlist someone to return hired supplies after the wedding.
  • Assign someone the task of dealing with questions or problems during the party.
  • Make sure all professionals have an emergency phone number to call you on the wedding day.
  • Make sure your dress is steamed and ready to go; ditto for the groom’s attire.

NIGHT BEFORE

  • Get a good night’s sleep!
  • Document in a journal how you felt before your big day. This will be great to reflect on during future anniversaries.

DAY OF

  • Primp.
  • Relax.
  • Enjoy yourselves!

by The Knot


Advertisement


Comments



Keep reading…

Browse Local Suppliers