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Use this plan to help organise your special day in 2016

The start of the New Year can mean many things, but for some couples it marks the year that they will be marrying their loved ones. Organising a wedding involves an obscenely large amount of planning that can overwhelm even the most organised of people, so it’s best to streamline as many of your ideas for the big day as possible and make a 12 month preparation plan.

Below is an example of a yearly plan and the checklists you should make to draw some inspiration from it and apply it to your big day. Have fun and happy planning!


9 to 12 Months before the wedding.

  • Take a moment to bask in the engagement glow, enjoy time with friends and family and start having some thoughts on the big day.
  • Start looking for wedding inspiration, view some wedding blogs and magazines. Pinterest is a great site to gather ideas about your wedding day.
  • Determine the budget, think realistically as this can become a problem nearer to the big day.
  • Draft a guest list, have a rough idea of numbers attending.
  • Choose the wedding party.
  • Visit and secure the venues for the ceremony and reception, you should already have an idea of what you roughly want, such as a church, hotel, gardens and beaches. There really isn’t anywhere you cannot have your dream day.
  • Book an officiant, whether that’s a religious figure or not, it’s always best to book early.



6 to 8 Months before the wedding

  • Find and order the dress and any accessories that you may need for your big day, wedding umbrellas are always a good choice to have in case the weather takes a turn for the worst on your big day.
  • Register for gifts.
  • Hire a caterer and arrange a tasting. Make sure dietary requirements are specified if needed.
  • Find a baker and order the wedding cake.
  • Hire a florist and begin planning the décor.
  • Meet with the DJ or band and discuss the wedding playlist.
  • Send out save-the-date cards (roughly six months ahead).
  • Arrange for hotel rooms and necessary transportation for guests. 

 3 to 6 Months before the wedding

  • Book hair and makeup for both bride and bridal party and do a trial run of your options.
  • Order the wedding rings.
  • Finalise the wedding menu.
  • Finalise the flowers and décor.
  • Finalise the playlist and band song lists if applicable.
  • Begin wedding dress fittings (most brides have three) and purchase your underpinnings.
  • Order any additional paper goods: menus and service order programs.
  • Get a marriage license.


2 Months before the wedding.

  • Send out the invitations.
  • Create a ceremony and reception timeline.
  • Choose the readings and decide on how to present the vows or write them if that is what you decide to do.
  • Order wedding favours and any wedding party gifts for your guests.
  • Submit any wedding announcements to local newspapers.


1 Month before the wedding.

  • Send out the rehearsal dinner invitations.
  • Schedule a final dress fitting.
  • Assign seating and draw up seat plan.
  • Reconfirm all vendors.
  • Begin thinking about your vows.


The Week of the big day

  • Reconfirm the small details and special requests with all of the vendors. Double check if necessary.
  • Give the final headcount of all guests, including the vendors, to the reception site head and caterer.
  • Pack for the honeymoon.
  • Arrange for a relaxing spa day or some time with your partner away from the wedding craziness for a few hours.
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