Checklist for your wedding
18/6 months in advance
Set date and time for your wedding
Set budget for wedding
Contact minister or celebrant dependant on type of marriage
Research and book coordinator/planner if wanted
Research and book reception and ceremony venue
Start guest list
Choose people involved in wedding
Start mood boarding and talking about ideas around theme, colors etc
Go and attend a Dj Night or a band performance to work out if you want to book the musicians for your wedding
Contact DJ or musicians for quotes and book
Contact florist and discuss themes
Shop for bridesmaids and best man apparel
Book and hire equipment – chairs table decorations if you are having a marquee or outside event
Arrange Cars if needed
Contact hair and beauty professional to trial
Arrange wedding rings
Plan order of ceremony and event
Set up gift registry
Brainstorm Hens and bucks day
Book hire apparel
Decide on Menu and drinks
Give notice of intent to marry if needed (government requirements)
Book accommodation for yourself and guests
Plan photos with the photographer unless you are having reportage
Choose where bride and groom are getting ready
Remind groom to purchase bridesmaids gifts
Discuss final plans with the florist
Finalise the catering choices
Book hens and bucks
Confirm all arrangements
Set plan and seating if you are doing that
Ask speakers if they are doing speeches that they have them ready
Confirm guest numbers with caters and venue
Take dancing lessons if you are doing first dance
Have wedding rings engraved if needed
Contact appropriate authorities for name change
Choose first dance music
Tell MC about plan
Final meeting with Photographer
Confirm rings and pick up
Confirm all remaining orders
Collect all hire apparel
Pack for honeymoon
1 day prior
Have your nails done
Go to bed early
It is easy to get carried away with your dreams, or want to get something booked as you are getting stressed already, or your family is interfering and so on. Just make sure there are no surprises after the venue manager tries to up sell to get your booking, don’t jump in headfirst. Ask all the right questions; see some examples below.
Ceremony Venue list:
Check venue is available on your chosen date
How many guests can be accommodated?
Can you bring in your own cater, flowers?
Can confetti be thrown?
Is it easily accessible by public transport?
Are there locations for photography?
Is it their only wedding on the day?
Does the interior or exterior work for your theme?
Ensure the venue reflects your needs, theme and personality.
Reception Check list:
Is the venue available on your chosen date?
Is there a dedicated wedding coordinator or events planner?
D o you actually like the menu they provide if you can’t have your own cater?
What is the maximum guest number?
Is there accommodation available?
If not, is there any accommodation available near by?
Is there a dance floor or an area for entertainment?
How much is the deposit and when is the full payment required?
Are there facilities for less mobile or people with disabilities?
If children are invited, are the facilities for them or a crèche?
Is there sufficient car parking arrangements?
What time does the wedding have to finish?
Don’t feel intimidated, the venues need your business, ask as many questions as you want! Take your own checklist!! If it does fit you needs don’t be sold into booking. After all you are committing to laying out a large amount of money for your dream day!