The Wedding Planning Timeline

6 - 12 Month Wedding Countdown

Here's the wedding planning timeline and countdown for all the arrangements up to 12 months prior to the wedding day. A checklist that provides you with a list of things to remember so you can keep a note of your progress, ensuring that nothing is forgotten.

The wedding plan checklist below is a sample timeline and can be changed according to your own unique wedding plans. A fast wedding planning checklist to get an overview of what needs to be done in preparation for a wedding.

Making the various wedding arrangements shouldn't be all the brides responsibility. In fact the bridal party are your supporting cast and they each have their own duties and responsibilties. Your parents and fiance will take care of some of them too.

It's a good idea to provide your bridal party with a printed wedding timeline. A list of what is in store for them and what's involved in planning a wedding.

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Planning a wedding can be challenging. Setting the wedding date, booking the venue and reserving the wedding ceremony location, once these 3 things are booked and secured, the rest of the wedding planning follows through and runs smoothly. The wedding timeline steers you in the right direction leading you in the order of things to come and things to do.

To have a completely stress free wedding, a bridal consultant is one that can keep an overall check and overview of your wedding countdown.

Wedding co-ordinators have extensive wedding contacts, reputable photographers, the best florists, caterers, wedding and bridal suppliers etc... they can accelerate time comsuming wedding preparations to just a few short months or weeks if neccessary.

6 - 12 Months Wedding Checklist

Announce your engagement to family and close friends.
Publish your engagement in the local newspaper.
Select engagement ring with fiancé.
Decide on the wedding date.
Decide on a morning, afternoon or evening wedding.
Book wedding reception or wedding venue as soon as you have set the wedding date.
Will you be married in a church or register office?
Decide on the religion of your wedding ceremony.
Reserve the location for the wedding ceremony.
Book your minister, or officiant.
Attend pre-marital preparation classes.
Make arrangements for your wedding license.
Buy a wedding organizer.
Buy wedding planning software.
Set a tentative wedding budget.
Discuss expenses, financial responsibilities, and budget with finance and parents.
Decide how expenses will be shared, who pays for what?
Discuss wedding budget with bridal consultant, wedding planner or co-ordinator.
Shop for wedding bands/rings.
Decide on the size of you bridal party.
Choose bridal party; best man, groomsmen, matron of honour, bridesmaids, flowergirl, pageboy etc.
Secure a date with your bridal party to enure their availability for your wedding.
Determine your wedding style, formal or informal?
Decide on colour scheme and your wedding theme.
Tie in the colour scheme and theme with the bridal floral arrangements, bouquets, decorations, bridal accessories and bridal party attire.
Shop for bridal gown with female bridal party.
Shop for bridesmaids and flowergirls bridal attire.
Shop for bridal accessories; bridal headpiece, tiara, bridal veil, shoes, jewellery etc.
Set dates for bridal gown and bridal party fittings.
Shop for grooms attire.
Shop for bestman and groomsmen attire or wedding formalwear hire.
Book the caterers, if the catering is not supplied by wedding venue.
Select professional wedding cake bakery, (size of cake depends on guestlist).
Book wedding cars to take you to and from the wedding.
Decide on the maximum number of guests, including the bridal party.
Draw up a guest list, consult with both bride and grooms families.
Collect names and addresses for guest list, to stay organised.
Send out Save-the-Date cards
Organise a bridal gift registry.
Choose a reputable bridal registry for easy accessability for your guests in each town, ie; David Jones, Myer, Target etc.
Select and book a professional wedding photographer.
Select and book a professional wedding videographer.
Select a florist, preferrably local.
Decide on style of wedding bouquets and button holes and how many.
Decide on wedding ceremony flowers, the size and how many.
Decide on wedding reception flower arrangements and how many.
Select and book reception entertainment.
Book musicians and/or disc jockey.
Select rental equipment for ceremony and reception ie; how many chairs and chair coverings depend on the guestlist count, etc.
Organise to have a wedding website. Keeping your guests informed with any changes and perfect for displaying your wedding photo's.
Sort out wedding insurance.
Discuss where you will live after the wedding.
Start planning your honeymoon, ask your travel agent about peak season destinations and affordability and get some brochures for ideas.


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