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Planning Your Wedding Day with Panache

‘’ PLANNING YOUR WEDDING DAY’’

1 YEAR TO GO:

  • Discuss priorities, such as the type, size & formality of Ceremony & Reception.
  • Make a list of your top ten priorities, which will guide all spending decisions.
  • Discuss finances, including if and what family member/s will contribute.
  • Establish a budget.
  • Open joint banking accounts and/or credit cards.
  • Select wedding date and an alternative date.
  • Get a rough idea of the guest list.
  • Discuss and visit possible ceremony and reception locations.
  • Set up an organisational system e.g.: a binder or a computer spreadsheet.
  • Look through magazines, visit bridal fayres to get ideas on attire, invitations, flowers, cakes etc.
  • Hire a wedding planner.
  • Finalise the wedding date.
  • Book the ceremony site.
  • Book the reception venue.

9 MONTHS TO GO:

  • Find out requirements for the marriage license and other legal issues. Visit the registrar if you’re having a civil ceremony. If you’re marrying in church, make an appointment to visit your minister.
  • Select bridesmaids, best man, ushers, flower girl to take part in your wedding. Make sure they are all available on your chosen date.
  • Select wedding stationery.
  • Post “save the date” cards.
  • Register for gifts in store/s.
  • Begin shopping for bridal attire, photographer, florist, cake artist, caterer, wedding rings, transport & musicians/DJ or band.
  • Check budget that you are not overspending.
  • Order you wedding dress & bridesmaids/flower girl attire or ensure the dressmaker has started making the dresses.
  • Book photographer.
  • Book caterer.
  • Book cake artist.
  • Book florist.
  • Book transport.
  • Book a band, DJ or other entertainment for the ceremony & reception.

5 MONTHS TO GO:

  • Select and order men’s attire.
  • Finalise guest list.
  • Choose and meet with officiant and schedule any required premarital classes.
  • Select musicians for ceremony.
  • Select music for the ceremony.
  • Appoint a venue dressing co-ordinator to purchase or make decorations for the venue.
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for guests.
  • Make honeymoon plans.

3 MONTHS TO GO:

  • Mail invitations.
  • Finalise photography needs.
  • Finalise menu.
  • Finalise cake.
  • Finalise flowers.
  • Purchase or make favours.
  • Purchase or make gifts for attendants & other special helpers.
  • Make arrangements for the rehearsal, including dinner.
  • Finalise wedding day transportation between venues.
  • Finalise wedding rings.
  • Finalise ceremony details, including vows and order of service.
  • Review and update gift registry.
  • Collect bridal attire and arrange alterations.
  • Schedule appointments with hair stylist and other beauty – related services.
  • Begin writing thank you notes for gifts that have been received.

1 MONTH TO GO:

  • Get marriage license and finalise all other legal matters.
  • Finalise honeymoon plans.
  • Attend bachelor / bachelorette parties.
  • Continue writing thank you notes for gifts that have been received.
  • Have a final dress fitting.

1 WEEK TO GO:

  • Confirm that vendors have your schedule.
  • Give final head count to the chef or caterers
  • Collect any rental attire.
  • Pack wedding day bag, including accessories and emergency items.
  • Pack Honeymoon bags and arrange foreign currency if required.
  • Attend rehearsal and dinner.
  • Go to beauty related trial appointment.
  • Run through any last minute details.

YOUR WEDDING DAY:

  • Start your day with a healthy breakfast.
  • Relax in a warm bubble bath.
  • Make sure the best man has the rings.
  • Relax while your hair & make-up is applied.
  • Get dressed
  • The photographer will be there to capture the moment.
  • The wedding car arrives to take you to your ceremony.