August 16, 2018
INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY AND YOUR HAPPY EVER AFTER

Your Wedding Timeline

Got twelve months till ‘I do’? Congratulations!

To help you along, we’ve put together our guideline for perfect wedding planning:

12 Months to go

■ Set the date, and make your announcement to family and friends.

■ Start a binder or folder, and start a Pinterest board to collect all your ideas and inspiration.

■ Work out your budget, how much you can spend including your families’ contributions.

■ Choose your bridesmaids and your maid of honour.

■ Draw up guest list of who to invite… and who to leave off.

■ Hire a wedding planner, if you are able to afford the additional cost.

11 Months to go

■ Decide on guest numbers and if children will be invited.

■ Reserve your venues for the ceremony and reception.

■ Send out your Save The Date cards or emails.

■ Choose your photographer, and videographer; the good ones get booked up quickly.

■ Start look at wedding gowns online and in magazines.

10 Months to go

■ What you have been waiting for: wedding dress shopping! Now is a good time to make this important decision and order your gown.

■ Reserve your wedding date with your officiant, whether it is your church minister or a civil service officiant.

■ Start planning (and saving for) your honeymoon.

■ Book your wedding entertainment: live music and/or DJ.

9 Months to go

■ Book a florist according to your colour theme, venue and season.

■ Speak to your caterer, and decide on the menu.

■ Take your bridesmaids dress shopping! Have a budget plan and agree on who is paying for your maids’ outfits.

8 Months to go

■ Meet with your officiant and plan your ceremony, taking into account your choice of readings and music, and also what the church or venue will allow.

■ Order your wedding stationery. This includes invites, envelopes, place cards, menus and the seating plan.

■ Register with your Gift Registry service of choice.

7 Months to go

■ Consider and plan transport logistics for the bridal party and out of town guests.

■ Choose and order your cake.

■ Order your guest favours.

6 Months to go

■ Send the men suit shopping.

■ Buy your wedding rings.

■ Confirm the order of service with your minister or registrar.

5 Months to go

■ Book your trial make-up session.

■ Decide on your bridal fragrance.

4 Months to go

■ Overseas honeymoon? Check that your passports are valid, and book your visas.

■ Bachelorette party planning…

…for that final night out as a single gal!

3 Months to go

■ Organise a wedding rehearsal for the day before.

■ Book your facial, fake tan, mani and pedi.

2 Months to go

■ Check that your bridal party is on track with their pre-wedding prep, and that any tasks you have delegated are underway.

■ Get your bridal glow on and go for your facial. Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet.

■ Follow up with late RSVP-ers.

■ Assign your table seating plan for the reception.

1 Month to go

■ Final dress fitting. Shoes, jewellery and all accessories chosen.

■ Finalise deposit payments with all vendors and ensure they know their expected time of arrival.

■ Notify your venue and caterer of the final guest numbers.

■ Hairdressing trial with your stylist, taking into account any hair accessories you’ve chosen.

■ Bachelorette party time! Gather your girls, and let your hair down.

2 Weeks to go

■ Pack your honeymoon bags.

1 Week to go

■ Have your last beauty treatments, including facial, mani and pedi.

■ Wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner with your bridal party.

Post-Honeymoon

■ Send out your Thank You notes no later than three months after your wedding day.

And there's more

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