Planning 101 26th October 2013

The Perfect Wedding Checklist

The most important resource for planning your wedding is your wedding checklist. The wedding checklist contains everything that you will need to do in the run-up to your BIG day. When you are logged-in, this list is available under the green My Big Day drop-down menu in the top right of your screen. The best thing about the Wedding Planner checlist is that it's interactive. Meaning that you can add new tasks and delete unwanted tasks as required, helping you to keep track of everything to ensure that you don't miss a thing! In addition we will automatically send you email reminders at the relevant points (9-11 months, 6-8 months etc), so that you are in complete control!

Quick start guide12 Months +

Work out your budget Consider wedding insurance Work out savings plan and open savings account Set wedding date! Decide numbers and prepare draft guest list Order and send save the date cards Choose and book a wedding planner Decide on wedding theme / style Religious? Book church - Civil? Book registrar Research and book venue

Book reception entertainment / music 9-11 Months

Choose and book your photographer / videographer Meet your minister (Church) or registrar (Civil) Choose and book a toastmaster Choose wedding party and nominate 2 witnesses Assign roles and responsibilities Buy wedding lingerie Buy wedding shoes Book fireworks if required Choose and book wedding cake supplier Order bridal accessories - veil, tiara, jewellery Order your wedding dress Choose and book florist Choose and order bridesmaids, page boy and flower girl outfits Compile a gift and/or wish list Give notice of marriage (registry office)

Decide on readings 6-8 Months

Select music for ceremony and finalise order of service Choose and book bride's transport to and from wedding Choose keepsakes and bridal favour Finalise venue, food and drinks for reception (caterer) Organise decorations for reception Book hairdresser and beautician appointment Book your wedding night hotel Decide on wedding hairstyle Purchase / hire groom / usher outfit Research and book honeymoon Check passports, vaccinations, visas and insurance

4-5 Months

Order wedding stationery (invitations, order of service etc Choose and buy wedding rings Organise accomodation for guests Arrange transport for guests Don't miss dress/menswear fitting Arrange marriage licence and bands to be read

3 Months

Organise hen do - cost per person Organise stag do - cost per person Send invitations and gift list and chase RSVPs Buy presents for parents and wedding party

2 Months

Choose your wedding vows and give to minister / registrar Make sure you have your marriage authorities Finalise your guest list Finalise seating plan and order place cards Confirm final numbers with caterer Arrange final fitting of wedding dress / bridesmaids dresses etc

1 Month

Finalise plans and timings with helpers and provide the checklist Inform florist of button hole numbers Write speeches Attend ceremony rehearsal

2 Weeks

Final check on all previous booking Give photographer / videographer must take list Wear-in your wedding shoes Arrange date to collect wedding outfits

1 Week

Make arrangement for taking gifts from the reception Order honeymoon money Pack bags for wedding night and honeymoon Give cosmetics and toiletries to mum or bridesmaid Best man to inspect venue on the morning of the wedding

1 Day

Have luggage taken to hotel / venue Ensure best man has rings, copies of speeches, vows and messages

Your BIG Day!

Have buttonholes delivered to ushers Put you engagement ring on right hand Post or deliver cake to those not attending the wedding


Send thank you note Make a will Notify banks and other officials of change of name