Wedding Countdown

12 months before the wedding

  • Set a wedding date
  • Book the venue & block book accommodation
  • Book your entertainment (The best acts book out fast)
  • Book the ceremony location
  • Make contact with the registry office/church/officiant
  • Hire a wedding planner
  • Decide on the type of wedding you both would like
  • Do your first draft of guest list to give you an idea of numbers
  • Decide on a budget and who will be paying for what


6-9 months before the wedding

  • Send out “Save the dates” cards
  • Get your wedding dress and accessories sorted (if you haven’t already!)
  • Decide on the colour scheme
  • Go bridesmaid dress shopping with the colour scheme in mind
  • Organise flowers
  • Book the photographer/videographer
  • Meet your officiant to discuss the ceremony
  • Book your honeymoon


4-6 months before the wedding

  • Choose and order wedding invitation and stationery
  • Order your wedding cake
  • Arrange all rental and décor items with suppliers (If you have a wedding planner your wont have to worry about his!)
  • Choose and buy the wedding rings
  • Organise the groom and groomsmen suits
  • Look into wedding favours and the personal touches you would like to include
  • Hen Party!!
  • Hair and makeup trails


2-4 months before the wedding

  • Finalise guest list and send out invitations
  • Menu tasting and finalisation
  • Select music for musicians/performers
  • Confirm hair and makeup
  • Organise wedding transportation
  • Organise gifts for each other, bridesmaids, groomsmen and parents etc.
  • Send out invitations 6-8 weeks before wedding


1-2 months before the wedding

  • Final fitting for wedding dress
  • Finalise ceremony details
  • Design wedding programmes
  • Organise the pre wedding parties
  • Write your vows
  • Finalise details with your various suppliers
  • Meet with the venue to run through everything


1-2 weeks before the wedding

  • Make contact with guests who have not RSVP
  • Organise payments
  • Final, final wedding dress fitting
  • Finalise wedding day schedule with everyone involved
  • Pick up wedding dress, shoes and accessories
  • Reconfirm all wedding plans: ceremony, reception, florist, photographer, musicians, DJ, cake, honeymoon
  • Confirm final numbers with the venue/caterer
  • Provide out of town guests with itinerary and maps
  • Finalise seating plan, place cards, menus and favours
  • Confirm florist delivery times
  • Choose outfit for day after wedding and pack for honeymoon


The day before the wedding

  • Prepare payments and envelopes and choose who is to distribute them
  • Make sure everyone who has been delegated a job knows what they are doing
  • Ceremony Rehearsal with the bridal party
  • Give rings to best man
  • Compile a list of names and phone numbers of all wedding vendors and choose who will be their point of contact.


The wedding day

  • Eat breakfast – it’s going to be a long day!
  • Get excited when hair and makeup arrives

Relax and enjoy your day!