Planning Checklist

After the excitement of getting engaged had settled I found that I was left with one question……where to start??

This checklist is a compact version of the Planning Schedule article, we put it together as a way for you to easily keep track of how the planning is proceeding.

Keep in mind that this list is only a guide; some of you will need to do everything and some won't. So just print it out, cross off what's not relevant to you and prioritise what's left so that you can enjoy your engagement and look forward to a fuss-free, fabulous wedding day.

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1. Start here…



2. Once the date is set...







Engagement party (if desired)



Choose the wedding party and MC


Stat wedding binder



Browse for wedding and bridesmaid dress ideas


Decide on a wedding budget



Start looking at wedding suppliers


Do research on colours and themes



Photographers and/or videographers


Decide on a local or destination wedding



Hair stylists and make-up artists


Decide on the season, date and time



Wedding Officer


Compile a preliminary guest list



DJ’s or live music/instruments


Book a venue for the ceremony and reception





Send out save-the -dates





Reserve accommodation





Look at insurance (if desired)





Book a wedding planner (if desired)





Start your health and beauty regime








Start to set up a more permanent guest list


3. Now that that is sorted...



Start to plan the honeymoon







Shop for the wedding dress & accessories



4. Next in line…


Shop for bridesmaid dresses & accessories





Create your gift registry



finalise the suppliers and pay deposits


Order the invitations



Get all the documents in order


Secure the suits and accessories



Schedule trial hair & make-up appointment





Schedule dress fitting 7 weeks before wedding


5. Final bits and pieces...



Start dance classes (if desired)





Organise your wedding rings


Send out invitations (6 - 8 weeks before the wedding)



Organise guest favours


Put together the day-of timeline schedule



Bachelor party and bridal shower


Finalise the floor plan for the reception





Finalise the guest list and seating plan



6. One week before…


Order stationary (menus, place cards, etc)





Get the wedding day extras



Book an appointment for tanning and waxing.


Buy gifts for wedding party and each other



Pick up your gown and other attire


Give the final guest count to your venue/caterer



Put together your Bridal Emergency Kit


Do a final confirmation with all the suppliers



Make sure everything is in order for the honeymoon


Cut and colour your hair (if required)



The rehearsal dinner (if you’re having one)


Schedule dress fitting 4 weeks before wedding



Get something old, new, borrowed and blue





Write your vows


7. The day before…



Book an appointment at a spa for the day before







Make sure the wedding-day items ready to go



8. On the day…


Enjoy your spa day





Take a long bath with essential oils and relaxing music



Make sure you have a healthy breakfast and lunch


Get a good night’s sleep



Allow plenty of time to get ready





Take a deep breath!!!