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Planning your wedding is a huge job, magnified by the fact that you have never done this before.

Count Down To Your Wedding Day
Not only does shopping for a wedding dress become very time consuming, but all the little details get lost in the rush. Even if you have some experience planning large affairs, I am sure that you will find this checklist handy.

Countdown to your wedding day....

This is intended as a guide to help you plan the essential elements in the count down to the wedding day. Organise everything in advance and everything should go smoothly and seek help from family, close friends and professionals.

One year before your wedding

Select a date and arrange a time with the priest, minister or registrar.

Discuss all the detail with the person who will be performing the ceremony.

Decide on a budget and stick to it.

Remember to confine the ceremony to your budget, and to both your personal tastes and wishes.

Decide on the type of ceremony, type of reception and how many guests will attend.

Choose your venue and arrange a meeting with the people in charge. This includes the caterers, musicians for the ceremony and the reception, etc. Decide on your wedding cake, cars, photographer and florist.

Think about wedding attire and accessories, particularly your bridal dress, colors, fabrics and accessories.

Six months before the wedding

Order wedding stationery, cake boxes, and favours.

Discuss the order of the service with the person performing the ceremony and decide on programs for guests.

Discuss your wedding menu with your caterers.

Decide on a wedding gift registry.

Choose the wedding rings.

A doctor and dentist check up is a good idea.

Plan inoculations for your honeymoon if necessary.

Organise visas, passports etc.

Think about your ‘going away’ attire and clothes for your honeymoon

Three months before the wedding

Make sure you have all the appropriate pre-marriage documents and certificates.

Finalise details of your color scheme, bouquets, boutineers with the florist.

Finalise the wedding guest list and have the invitations sent.

Remember to keep a careful track of replies.

Choose gifts for the best man, bridesmaids and attendants.

Arrange accommodation for attendants and advise travelling guests of the rates for your hotel.

A month before the wedding

Organise the final fittings for your dress and for the bridesmaids.

On the day of your final fittings make sure all the bridesmaids are wearing the same shoes that they intend to wear on the big day.

Finalise fittings for the groom and best man.

Have a hair and make-up rehearsal, remember to bring the head-dress with you for the experts opinion.

Finalise seating arrangements for the church and wedding reception.

Plan the wedding rehearsal with the priest, minister or registrar.

Eat properly for the next few weeks, you will need all your energy with all the running around you will be doing.

Two weeks to go

Arrange your honeymoon and going away clothes, including passports, tickets and visas.

Now is the time to arrange travellers’ cheques, insurance, rental car and all other documentation.

Give the caterer the approximate number of quests for the reception.

Plan the table setting, place cards and linen etc.

Finalise details with the florist, photographer and caterers.

Try all your wedding clothes on and make sure all fits correctly and all is comfortable.

A week to go

Have the wedding rehearsal.

Nominate someone to look after the wedding dress and the groom’s outfit after the wedding. Usually the maid of honor and best man.

Wrap all the gifts for the bridesmaids, best man and attendants.

Arrange all fees for the church or registrar.

Do one last check on all documentation required including passports for the honeymoon.

Give all documentation to the best man for safe keeping.

Two days before the wedding

Confirm your final guest list to your caterer.

Make arrangment to traansport the wedding cake to and from your reception.

The day before

Have a manicure and pedicure, a long hot bath and an early night

The Big Day

Relax.

Have a good breakfast.

Get your hair and make up done.

Give yourself plenty of time to reach the church or registrar and always allow for the last minute details.

Have a wonderful day to remember

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