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Wedding timeline

Getting married can be hard work - it takes a lot of planning and organisation to make sure your special day runs smoothly. Minimise stress (and pre-wedding zits) by taking note of our wedding timeline.

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11 August 2009

Getting married can be hard work - it takes a lot of planning and organisation to make sure your special day runs smoothly. Minimise stress (and pre-wedding zits) by taking note of our wedding timeline.

One year before the special day

  • Decide on a date and time
  • Buy bridal magazines for inspiration
  • Establish a preliminary wedding budget
  • Find a wedding coordinator (if you’re planning to have one)
  • Decide on the number of people in your bridal party
  • Select and book a photographer
  • Decide whether you’re having a church or civil ceremony
  • Start thinking about venues (or caterers)
  • Start looking at wedding dresses

Six to nine months before…

  • Book your reception venue
  • Organise your bridal party
  • Begin organising the outfits for the wedding
  • Pick your dress
  • Select your videographer
  • Book your church or celebrant
  • Choose your wedding cake
  • Start planning flowers and other decorations
  • Make arrangements for wedding entertainment
  • Start thinking about your honeymoon
  • Finalise invite list

Three or four months to go…

  • Organise your gift registry and include details with invitation
  • Book accommodation for your wedding night
  • Finalise honeymoon details
  • Order decorations
  • Send your invitations
  • Meet with your photographer to discuss your requirements
  • Order your wedding rings
  • Finalise outfits for wedding party
  • Organise accommodation for out of town guests

Four to six weeks before…

  • Put together a plan for the wedding day
  • Organise a rehearsal
  • Finalise the order of speeches
  • Finalise and confirm menu, decorations, flowers, accessories, transport, etc
  • Make appointments with hairdressers, make up artists

One or two weeks before…

  • Attend your hen’s/buck’s night
  • Review seating plans and finalise seating arrangements
  • Get a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, etc.
  • Reconfirm honeymoon reservations
  • Find your passport
  • Make sure entertainment/music is sorted out
  • Review final details with photographer, videographer, etc.

The day of the wedding

  • Have a glass of champagne and try not to stress out
  • Allow plenty of time to get dressed and arrive at the venue
  • Don’t stress the small stuff - relax and enjoy your day!
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