Your Guide to Happy Wedding Planning

28 Nov 2011

Don’t fret about all you have to do - our nifty 12 month calendar will keep you on track without losing your mind

Don’t know where to start? Just follow our guide to getting to the aisle in style

12 Months to go…

  • First things first. Have the ‘money conversation’ with your fiancé and your parents to decide on your budget and who is paying for what
  • Decide on guest numbers
  • Fix a date and time with your registrar
  • Visit reception venues and book as soon as possible

11 Months to go…

  • Send out save-the-date cards
  • Book your photographer and, if you want one, a videographer (remember to make sure that the church or wedding venue allows photography)
  • Book your caterer and the entertainment
  • Make appointments to try on wedding dresses

10 Months to go…

  • Pick your bridesmaids, ushers and best man
  • Decide on your dress. Allow at least six months for a made-tomeasure gown to be delivered
  • Think about your honeymoon destination. It helps to book early to ensure availability

9 Months to go…

  • Confirm your menu choice and drink order with your caterer
  • Track down a florist
  • Discuss the buttonholes, bouquets and the arrangements you’d like for each venue
  • Choose and order your bridesmaids’ outfits

8 Months to go…

  • If you’re marrying in a church, discuss readings with the minister and music with the organist/ceremony musicians
  • For a civil ceremony, enquire about what readings and music are permitted
  • Order invitations and envelopes, place cards and menus

7 Months to go…

  • Book transport to your wedding venue and on to the reception for you, your parents and guests
  • Order your wedding cake
  • Choose and order favours if you’re having them
  • Choose and book your first night hotel or honeymoon

6 Months to go…

  • Remind your fiancé to get his and the ushers’ outfits
  • Choose gifts for your attendants, best man, mum etc
  • Pick your wedding bands
  • Confirm your order of service with your minister or registrar
  • Get guests’ (and choir) booklets printed

5 Months to go…

  • If you’re changing your name, now’s the time to renew your passport – ask the officiating minister or registrar to sign the application form for you
  • Book a consultation with your hairstylist to discuss looks for your day (allow more time if you want to grow it)

4 Months to go…

  • Find out if you need visas or inoculations for travel abroad
  • Discuss hen and stag night plans with your attendants
  • Organise transport to your first night hotel or airport

3 Months to go…

  • Book your hairstylist for your wedding day (plus any other colour or trim appointments)
  • Choose a company for your gift list and compile it
  • Try out different looks with your make-up artist

2 Months to go…

  • Send out invitations (keep an up-to-date list of acceptances and refusals)
  • Check your fiancé has the rings, his wedding clothes and the buttonholes sorted
  • Try on your whole outfit. Forgotten anything? Get it now!
  • Book any beauty treatments, such as a fake tan, eyebrow plucking and mani/pedi

1 Month to go…

  • Let your caterers know the final number of guests
  • Devise a seating plan
  • Discuss special requests with your band or DJ
  • Order honeymoon currency
  • Have your final haircut and colour two weeks before the big day
  • Go on your hen and stag nights – and enjoy!