Planning your own wedding? 

So I know that not everyone can afford a wedding planner to plan their whole  wedding, so I will guide you in some easy steps you can follow. However this takes a lot of organisation so in suggest you get a hand on a planner or create your own.  

So here it’s how it goes:

12-16 Months before the wedding 

  • Chose a wedding date
  • Start a wedding folder
  • Work out your budget
  • Discuss formality and style of the wedding
  • Start writing the guest list 
  • Select ceremony location
  • Select reception site 
  • Put engagement announcement on local paper (optional) 
  • Start shopping for a wedding gown
  • Hire a wedding consultant 

8-10 Months before the wedding 

  • Select bridal party
  • Secure wedding officiant 
  • Hire reception carterer 
  • Contact photographer and/or vidiographer 
  • Hire a band or DJ
  • Decide on bridesmaids dresses
  • Sign up for gift registry 
  • Start compiling name and addresses for guest list 
  • Engagement party 

5-7 Months before the wedding 

  • Finalise guest list 
  • Shop for wedding stationary 
  • Arrange accommodations (if applicable) 
  • Select wedding cake 
  • Begin preparations for honeymoon 

4 Months before the wedding 

  • Book florist 
  • Shop for wedding bands 
  • Visit physician 

3 Months before the wedding

  • Send out invitations 
  • Select tuxedo 
  • Arrange for rental of items 
  • Discuss finalised menu options and costs with carterer 
  • Arrange transportation / limousine services
  • Order wedding favours 
  • Shop for bridal party gifts 
  • Begin any necessary counselling with wedding officiant 

2 Months before the wedding 

  • Choose wedding music
  • Select location for rehearsal dinner 
  • Confirm with local wear shop 
  • Schedule alterations 
  • Schedule fittings for the bridesmaids and flower girl 
  • Confirm order with florist 
  • Order address labels with couples new address and names (this is optional but it adds a personal touch when you send out thank you notes) 

1 Month before the wedding 

  • Sewing wedding programs
  • Apply for marriage licence 
  • Have final gown fitting 
  • Chose all wedding accessories 
  • Visit hair stylist 
  • Visit make-up artist 
  • Get hair and make-up done and have formal bridal portraits done 
  • Discuss and finalise details with wedding service providers 

2 Weeks before the wedding

  • Call any non RSVP guests 
  • Give carterer finalised head count 
  • Pick up marriage license
  • Give DJ or band a list of songs 
  • Confirm rehearsal plans 
  • Obtain any legal information 
  • Complete floor and seating plan
  • Confirm all rental and floral delivery dates and times 
  • Confirm arrival time for all attendants 
  • Check parking arrangements 

1 Week before the wedding

  • Make any last minute seating adjustment 
  • Organise weddingday attire 
  • Confirm honeymoon reservation 
  • Confirm reservation for out of town guests 
  • Pack for honeymoon 
  • Pick up passports (if applicable)
  • Gather all necessary documents for travel 
  • Confirm rehearsal plan with attendants 
  • Confirm reservation for rehearsal dinner 
  • Pick up formal wear 
  • Check with the photographer the shot list 
  • Break in your shoes 

1 Day before the wedding 

  •  Go through list of things to do and make sure all bases are covered 
  • Pack weddingday emergency kit 
  • Get manicure and pedicure 
  • Take a relaxing bath 
  • Put weddingn attire and accessories together 
  • Give rings to best man 
  • Try to get a good night’s sleep

Wedding day 

  • Eat something, avoid caffeine and sugar
  • Get hair and makeup done 
  • Have someone check reception site 
  • Dress for wedding 
  • Have photos taken with family

After the honeymoon 

  • Have wedding gown and bouquet reserved 
  • Write thank you notes
  • Change name 

This is pretty much how it goes. If you want to know what goes in the wedding emergency kit, stay tuned it will be my next post. 

Like always thanks for reading! 

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