Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Artistique Photography by Nicolette - Checklists and Countdown to your Wedding Day

 Artistique Photography by Nicolette
Checklists and Countdown to your Wedding Day
I would recommend 6 - 12 months planning for your Wedding Day, but don't worry if you have a shorter planning time, perhaps you have a different style of wedding where there is not as much detailed planning required.  Some suppliers are able to work within shorter time frames, but to avoid disappointment I advise booking your suppliers as soon as your wedding date has been set, most importantly your venue and photographer.
It is a good idea to get a Bride's Planning Diary or create your own spreadsheet and I have listed items below, which you should check off in the time frame I have included, based on your wedding planning from 6 - 12 months.  Remember, I can always offer you help in selecting reputable wedding vendors if your wedding is planned for NSW Central Coast, or Hunter Valley.
6 - 12 months
First of all you will need to work out your Wedding Budget and next on the list will be to:
  • Confirm Wedding Date, Location and Time.
  • Book Wedding Venue.
  • Book Photographer / Videographer.
  • Book Caterer.
  • Minister, Celebrant or Priest.
  • Choose your Bridal Party.
  • Decide on your Theme, Colour, Style.
  • Book your Florist.
  • Select your Make Up Artist.
  • Book Band, DJ, MC, Musicians.
  • Choose your Wedding Gown.
  • Book Wedding Transport.
  • Compile Guest List.
  • Send guests Save the Date notice.
  • Organise Engagement Party.
  • Check what Bridal Fairs may be on in your area.
  • Organise Wedding Insurance.
3-6 months
  • Order your Wedding Cake.
  • Decide on the design of your Wedding Invitations.
  • Make appointment with Make up Artist and Hair Stylist for trial run and book for your wedding day.
  • Decide on Bridal Party attire and arrange fittings for groomsmen.
  • Send invitations and record acceptances and refusals as they come in.

  • Bomboniere - wedding gifts and gifts to one another.
  • Make Honeymoon plans.
  • Check Passports.
  • Purchase the Wedding Rings.
  • Dance lessons for your first dance.
  • Decide on wedding menu and give guest numbers expected to the caterer.

  • Give Florist colour scheme and order corsages for mothers of bride and groom.
  • Decide where bridesmaids and groomsmen will dress on the day.
  • Purchase gifts for Bridal Party.
  • Write Vows, if doing your own.
  • Let your bridal party know who is required to do a speech.
  • Book Hotel room for wedding night.

1 Month

  • Hens Night.
  • Prepare your Wedding Day time line.
  • Check with Celebrant whether you need to apply for Wedding Licence or whether they will do that for you.
  • Arrange seating details at Reception.
  • Have final Wedding Gown fitting and don't forget to take your shoes along too!

  • Arrange fittings for Bridal Party.
  • Chase up late RSVPs to invitations and finalise guest list.
  • Let Venue, Caterer and Photographer know your final numbers.
  • Set a date for Wedding Rehearsal.
  • Confirm all Transport arrangements.
  • Prepare table place cards.

 Two Weeks

  • Confirm all arrangements, Photographer, Venue, Caterer, Florist etc.
  • Check all Place Cards, table decorations and settings are correct.
  • Collect suits.

  • Have Going Away Bag ready for hotel.
  • Make sure you Eat, Hydrate, Relax and Sleep well.

One Day

  • Have Manicure / Pedicure.
  • Confirm Wedding Day transport.
  • If getting ready at Hotel/Motel, let Photographer, Make Up and Hair know your room number!

  • Lay everything out for your wedding.
  • Have cash ready for services requiring payment on your wedding day.

Your Wedding Day

  • Relax, Smile, don't worry about anything, and have a fabulous day!


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