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Bridal Advice - Big Day Countdown Checklist

Set the date, find the venue, buy the white dress and then somewhere down the line wedding bells are ‘gonna chime’... We wish it was that easy and even if you’re no bride-zilla stresser, there are a whole bunch of items to tick off that list as we go. We have helped by reminding you of a few to consider as you begin your countdown to the best day of your life!



Make sure that the first items on your list, once you have your venue and date set, are sorting out the booking of your florist, musician, caterers and any other entertainment you may need to book far in advance. These professionals are all wedding-essentials and are always in demand hence the need to lay your claim as early on as you can. There are only 52 potential wedding weekends in a year after all, even if your day is the only date in your mind.

One Year To Go

- Fix your budget
- Make an appointment with and book your minister
- Book your ceremony (and or) reception venue, photographer and videographer
- Do your guest list
- Decide on your bridesmaids and wedding party
- Send out the save-the-dates!
- Something to think about - the option of wedding insurance

The Six Month Countdown

-Order your stationery
-Try out some hair and makeup looks and book your artists
-Choose the grooms outfits
- Buy the rings
- Look into and order your wedding favours
- Buy your ‘what’s under the dress’ essentials- bridal lingerie and shoes, in time for the dress fittings of course!
- Book the honeymoon, don’t forget to check the validity of your passports. Guys take note!

Three Months To The 'I Do'

- Send out the invites and decide on your gift registry
- Plan/Have your hen’s/ bachelor parties
- it’s time… for that first dress fitting
- Confirm the little details - wedding order of service, music and the big day, little details for the ceremony.
- Buy the gifts for your bridesmaids, best men and all others involved in the wedding party.

The Month Before

- Arrange the final dress fitting
- Have your trial run for hair and makeup
- Finalise your guest list and seating plan, this is a good time to double check the dietary requirements with your caterer.
- Provide your photographer with the essential shot list
- Don’t forget to order your currency for the honeymoon

The Day Before

- Don’t forget the guest book
- Lay out all your getting-ready items and your wedding dress so it’s all accessible and organised.
- Go to bed early, it’s too late to sweat the small stuff and beauty sleep is essential as we all know!
- On the day, allow six hours for getting ready and all the photographs for behind-the-scenes fun
- Check the best man has the rings! (PLEASE) copies of speeches, readings, vows and an extra pen for you to sign on that dotted line

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