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The Ultimate Wedding Checklist

Like any major event, a checklist can be an extremely helpful tool for your wedding day to ensure you don’t forget anything. The following checklist can be used for your big day;

  • Discuss your ideal wedding with your partner. This is so that from the get go, both partners are on the same page

  • Set a budget. The budget for each individual wedding varies. It is important to compare what you want to what you can afford and to stick to your budget

  • Draft up a guest list. This will help when it comes to budgeting for catering and when picking a venue for the ceremony and reception

  • Pick a date. It is vital to make sure it does not clash with any of your main guests (bridesmaids/ groomsmen/ family members), before 100% settling on a date

  • Pick a venue for your ceremony as well as for your reception. This may be two separate venues for example a church and a hotel or it may be in the one venue, for example the ceremony may be held in the hotel as well as the reception

  • Book a photographer and videographer and keep in contact with them. It is important to discuss any specific photographs that you do and do not want taken on the day

  • Choose your décor for both the ceremony and the reception. Sometimes, this may be something that the venue does not offer and you have to outsource yourself.

  • Book entertainment. This includes the DJ or band for the reception as well as the musicians for the ceremony

  • Source and buy wedding attire. Before this step, it is essential that you have asked and confirmed the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen. The wedding attire is the wedding dress, the grooms suit, bridesmaids dresses, groomsmen suits, flower girl dresses and page boy outfits

  • Send Save The Dates to all guests

  • Book cake – a cake tasting is a necessity and also a fun way to spend time together before the wedding day

  • If it is a necessity, book a pre-marriage course. Check with your church

  • Meet with florist to organise arrangements

  • Book transport to and from venue if needs. This may be a wedding car just for the bride or a limo for the bridal party and also transport for the groom and the groomsmen

  • Arrange the legalities

  • Divide out prayers and readings to anyone who is doing them on the day

  • Organise RSVP’s and finalise numbers with the venue and the caterer

  • Have a menu tasting

  • Book hairdresser and make-up artist and arrange and trial prior the big day

  • Create your table plan and print place cards

  • Write your vows if you’re writing your own

  • Call all of your suppliers and helpers, including family members to finalise arrangements and assigned jobs

  • Run a rehearsal ceremony

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