My Wedding Checklist
Your wedding checklist is crucial to the success of your wedding. It is the driving force behind being well organised and planning ahead of time. Keep to the time frame and you’ll have nothing to worry about. Wedding checklists do go hand in hand with wedding knowledge and networking. Moreover, attain your wedding knowledge through networking, meeting recently married couples, suppliers and Things I Wish I’d Known Before My Wedding
20 months Before Your Wedding
- Start a wedding folder or binder from Bridal Fairs or Bridal Exhibitions or Magazines to get inspired. This will form the house, the core of your wedding checklists.
- Update your Facebook status that you’re officially ENGAGED!
- Work out your budget from your own and your family contributions. Get an idea of what figures you’re working with. This will form the base of your wedding planning.
- Pick your wedding team (Bridesmaid / Maid of Honour / Bestman / Groomsmen) well! Pick supportive, caring people who can put up with you at your worst.
- Start a tentative wedding guest list.
- Reserve your wedding date and venue (factor in travel time).
- Have some fun wedding dress fittings with your bridal team.
- Hire a wedding planner, if this is the route you choose to go. Remember that some wedding venues will offer you a wedding coordinator – this is a bonus.
- Book your Minister.
- Research photographers, bands, florists, and caterers.
- Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. Remember to unblock unused rooms so you’re not charged for them.
12 months Before Your Wedding
- Browse Everything & Wedding (South Africa’s Largest Online Wedding Shop) for the best prices on all wedding goodies you’ll need for before, during, after your wedding.
- Plan an engagement party dinner. Often the engaged couple choose to announce their maid of honour, bridesmaid, bestman, groomsman at this event.
- Hire the photographer and the videographer.
- Book the wedding reception entertainment or DJ.
- Browse flower magazines and arrangements. Book a florist that meets your vision.
- Meet caterers and do tasters if required.
- Buy your dream wedding dress.
- Shop for bridesmaids’ dresses.
- Purchase wedding shoes and start dress fittings
- Set up your Wedding Gift Registry (minimum 3 retailers is recommended).
- Launch a wedding website or Facebook wedding page. Send the link to your wedding guests and use it as a wedding information platform.
- Select and purchase wedding invitations.
- Send out save-the-date magnets for guests to stick on their fridge as reminders.
- Start planning your wedding honeymoon. Is your passport up to date? Are vaccines needed? Are special outfits required?
- Reserve structural (portable toilets) and electrical necessities (lighting) for the wedding reception if required.
9 months Before Your Wedding
- Meet with the Minister. Pre-marital counselling is a good recommendation.
- Arrange wedding transportation.
- Select and order your wedding cake.
6 months Before Your Wedding
- Book the wedding rehearsal and rehearsal-dinner venues.
- Schedule bride, bridesmaid bridal hair and makeup artists.
- Finalize the menu and flowers.
- Order your wedding gift favours.
- Purchase your wedding rings.
- Send out your wedding invitations.
4 months Before Your Wedding
- Get your bridesmaids’ wedding gifts.
- Attain your Groomsmen’ wedding gifts.
- Purchase parents wedding gifts.
- Send your wedding guest list to the host of your bridal shower.
- Choose your wedding music together as a couple.
- Make a list of the people giving wedding speeches or wedding toasts.
- Consider your wedding dress undergarments.
- Submit a newspaper wedding announcement.
3 months Before Your Wedding
- Enter wedding replies RSVPs into your guest-list database.
- Make your wedding ceremonial readings final.
- Finalise the order of procession of your wedding ceremony and the wedding reception.
- Print menu cards, if you like, as well as wedding agenda programmes.
- Send your event schedule to the wedding suppliers and wedding vendors.
- Get your marriage pre-registration documents sorted.
- Mail the wedding rehearsal-dinner invitations.
2 months Before Your Wedding
- Touch base again with all your wedding vendors.
- Meet with your wedding photographer and be sure to mention props or poses you expect.
- Review your wedding playlist with the band or DJ.
- Check on the wedding invitations.
- Have your wedding rehearsal dinner. Present bridal team with wedding gifts at the wedding rehearsal dinner. You’ll want to do this if the gifts are accessories to be worn by them during the wedding.
1 month Before Your Wedding
- Brides: Enjoy your Bachelorette Hen’s party.
- Grooms: Enjoy your Bachelor’s party.
- Visit your dressmaker for hopefully, your last dress fitting.
- Stock the wedding reception bar.
- Send out as many final wedding payments as you can.
- Confirm times for hair and makeup and all vendors for your wedding day. Get your wedding agenda solidified.
- E-mail and print directions for drivers of transport vehicles / share GPS coordinates.
- Assign a wedding seating reception plan.
- Write your wedding vows.
- Pick up your wedding dress and have it steam ironed (professionally done please!)
- Get your facial or any treatments at least 1 month before you wedding (to avoid spots or sensitivities on our wedding day).
- Break in your wedding shoes. Or if you don’t have time before your wedding to break your shoes in, get your saver: Shoe Heel Protector
2 weeks Before Your Wedding
- Get your hair cut and coloured.
- Send a wedding timeline to the bridal party.
- Delegate small wedding-day tasks among your bridal party team.
- Distribute your final wedding guest list to the caterer and all venues hosting your wedding-related events.
- Groom: Go for final fitting. Then ask your Bestman to ensure all Groomsmen had fittings and picked up their outfits.
- Call the limousine or car rental company for wedding pickup times and locations.
- Arrange for guests without cars to be picked up from the airport or train station. Ask friends, assistants or family to help.
- Pack for your honeymoon.
- Have a make-up and hair trial.
1 week Before Your Wedding
- Reconfirm arrival times with vendors and all vendor are on board as scheduled.
- Groom: Pick up wedding attire. Remember to get your hair trimmed!
- Give ceremony & reception site managers schedules of vendor delivery/setup times, plus contact numbers.
- Hand the unity candle, aisle runner, place cards, table cards, menus, disposable cameras, Wedding Gift Favors and any other items for setting the tables to the wedding planner/caterer and/or reception site manager.
- Check in one last time with your wedding photographer.
- Enjoy a spa treatment. Relaaaax! Breathe.
- Assemble and distribute the welcome baskets for guests coming from afar.
- Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding.
- Rehearse ceremony: Meet with wedding party, ceremony readers, immediate family and your Minister at the ceremony site to rehearse and smooth out the details.
Night Before Your Wedding (we’re finally here…)
- Surround yourself with loved ones or enjoy some valuable quiet time alone.
- Run through the wedding ceremony and reception in your head and know that you’ve done your best.
Your Wedding Day
- Eat a good breakfast! Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready.
- Give wedding bands to the Best man and Maid of Honour to hold during the ceremony.
- Introduce your reception site manager to your wedding planner or Maid of Honour for questions or problems during the reception.
- Assign a family member to be the photographer’s contact so he/she knows who’s who.
- Relax, smile, and soak in every amazing moment.
- Be fully present! (Our most important of all!)
After Wedding Day (the joy continues…)
- Arrange for your Bestman to return any rentals.
- Pre-plan someone to take Bride’s gown for professional cleaning.
- Enjoy your Honeymoon and deal with everything else after your honeymoon.
- Write thank you notes.
- Begin your married lives together. May you be blessed abundantly in health, wealth and happiness!
In summary, if that is all a mouthful and you’re generally speaking not a very well-organised person, or struggle to keep to deadlines or goals, then we’d recommend a Wedding Planner
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