Don’t know where to start? Just follow our month-by-month guide to getting down the aisle in style

12+ months to go

  • Pencil in potential dates and times for your wedding.
  • Set aside a budget.
  • Decide on the size, formality and setting of your wedding.
  • Draw up an initial guest list.

9–12 months to go

  • Visit potential wedding reception venues and book as soon as possible.
  • Start shopping for your wedding dress.
  • Book your photographer and videographer.
  • Book your live entertainment or DJ.
  • Track down a florist and discuss bouquets and buttonholes.
  • Order your wedding cake.
  • Choose your wedding rings.
  • Plan your honeymoon.
  • Send out save the date cards.

6–9 months to go

  • Arrange a food tasting at your venue and decide on your “big day” menu.
  • Check on any marriage licence requirements you may need and arrange accordingly.
  • Discuss which readings and music you would like for your ceremony.
  • Book any transport you may need on your wedding day.
  • Remind your fiancé to get his and his ushers’ outfits sorted.
  • If you are changing your name, get your passport renewed. Your officiating minister or registrar will be able to sign the application form for you.

3–6 months to go

  • Finalize your guest list.
  • Send out your invitations.
  • Get your order of service and menu cards printed.
  • Decide on gifts for the bridal party and favours for guests.
  • If you are travelling abroad on honeymoon, check if you need visas or vaccinations.
  • Draw up a wedding list and send to guests.

2 months to go

  • Have a trial hair and make-up session.
  • Book wedding day appointments for having your nails, hair and make-up done.
  • Schedule a final dress fitting.

On the day

  • Give the best man cash for any payments that need to be given out that day.
  • Relax and enjoy yourselves.

After the wedding

  • Send out your thank you notes to guests for gifts and also to suppliers for their services.
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