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Bride’s Wedding Checklist

Whether it’s your first, second or third time down the aisle, weddings take a lot of planning. We’ve compiled a time-lined checklist for less stress.

by The Knot

Bride’s Wedding Checklist

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!

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