Your 12-month wedding planning checklist

weddingchecklistIf the idea of planning your wedding has you feeling overwhelmed, sit down, take a deep breath and look over Bride Tasmania’s 12-month planning guide. 

You’ll see that planning a wedding is simply a matter of getting organised.

11-12 months before the wedding

  • Officially announce your engagement.
  • Decide style of ceremony and reception (size, setting, formality, theme, etc)
  • Contact a wedding celebrant or minister.
  • Develop a budget and decide who will pay for what.
  • Begin compiling your guest list.
  • Visit and reserve your ceremony/reception venue.

9-10 months before the wedding

  • Order your wedding gown.
  • Choose your wedding party.
  • Interview local videographers, photographers, florists, DJs/musicians, caterers and cake makers.
  • Scout out accommodations for out-of-town guests if applicable.
  • Order wedding cake.

7-8 months before the wedding

  • Start shopping for wedding rings.
  • Decide on honeymoon plans and take care of any special travel requirements such as passports or visas.
  • Decide on and shop for bridesmaids’/flower girl dresses.
  • Order invitations and other stationery needs.
  • Register for wedding gifts.

5-6 months before the wedding

  • Let your out-of-town guests know the date of your wedding so that they reserve the date and make any necessary travel plans.
  • Complete guest list.
  • Shop for and taste test the wedding cake.
  • Select groomsmen attire.

3-4 months before the wedding

  • Finalise the menu with your caterer.
  • Order wine, champagne, liquor, etc., if not included in the caterers’ service.
  • Finalise flowers.
  • Order wedding bomboniere.
  • Order wedding rings to allow time for engraving.
  • Begin working on vows, especially if you are writing your own.
  • Complete a Notice of Intended Marriage form to give to your celebrant.

2 months before wedding

  • Finalise and book honeymoon.
  • Mail out invitations.
  • Have a hair/make-up trial.
  • Book wedding day beauty appointments.
  • Complete name change paperwork for bank accounts, insurance, etc.
  • Finalise music play list.
  • Finalise order of service and write the wedding program.
  • Touch base with wedding providers (florist, etc) to confirm date and times, etc.

1 month before

  • Order any rental items needed such as chairs, tents, lighting, if not included at ceremony/reception sites.
  • Purchase bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts.
  • Schedule final fitting for wedding gown.

1 week before

  • Pack for honeymoon.
  • Host attendant’s party and give out gifts along with a thoughtful thank you note to each bridesmaid.
  • Make final payments to vendors.
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