Wedding Planning Timeline by Vivienne Celebrant, Marriage Celebrant Gold Coast, Australia
Planning together is together forever!
All couples plan a little differently for their wedding day. Some brides are simply spreadsheet queens and hubby to be is so happy for her to be in charge of all the planning. One party, usually the bride, may have a Wedding Diary with absolutely everything in it – from nice to haves to absolutely have to haves! …. with colour boards and photos of every aspect of the wedding from the “Save the Date cards” to the sparklers or fireworks as they exit and board their appropriately coloured blush pink limo!
On occasion, I have only dealt with the groom – right up to and including the wedding day – and it’s not been that he doesn’t also have a big job, he’s just better at check-lists! And sometimes, neither have a check-list and it’s in their heads. A little dangerous but, hey, it works for some!
Personally, I’m a list queen of note and would not sleep at night if I didn’t know exactly where I was with each and every couple I was marrying – their likes, their dislikes, their love-story, their future plans, the feel of their ceremony, who the important family members are, whether they want the ceremony ‘unplugged’ and so on – making sure the guests know what is expected of them and what their expectations are.
No matter which category you fit into, this Wedding Planning Timeline may give you insight into something you overlooked or just remind you that you are on the right track!
12 – 18 Months – “We can’t wait to get started and plan our dream day!”
First coffee date with Vivienne Celebrant to confirm wedding date & time
Check out venues
Choose your wedding gown [preferred @madewithlovebridal & @emmy-mae-bridal]Book your venue before you lose your date
Set a budget
Book your photographer [preferred @figtreepictures, @saltmedia.au, @missophotography]. And DJ/band
Book your wedding décor stylist [preferred @coastalevents, @satinweddings.gc]
9 Months – “Woah! Still a lot to think about and organise!”
Meet & book a florist… suggest @twigsflorist.varsitylakes, @floralsandco and @ivyandbleuevents
Finalise guest list
Go for a food & wine-tasting at your venue
Make enquiries with cake makers
Shop for his suit & bridesmaids dresses
6 Months – “Our big day is fast approaching!”
Order jewellery & accessories (including wedding rings)
Finalise, print & send wedding invitations
Start planning your honeymoon
Arrange transportation (car, buses etc)
Arrange guest accommodation
Go shoe shopping
Book any rental items (love light-up letters, fairy-lights, wising well etc)
3 Months – “Seriously – where did the last 3 months go?”
Book hair & makeup trial
Confirm your cake order
Buy your wedding shoes…. And break them in!
Dancing lessons…. this is fun!
Buy wedding favours – or make them yourself
Organise gifts for the bridal party
Schedule fittings for the bridesmaids
6 Weeks – “That’s just 42 days – yes, F.O.R.T.Y T.W.O. DAYS!”
Second meeting with me – your very excited Celebrant!
Collect your dress & all outfits
Start designing your seating plan
Put together a playlist for your DJ/band
Start writing speeches
Create a timeline of the day to make sure there’s breathing space
Choose the readings (I can help with this) & the readers
Have a pre-wedding photo shoot [preferred @firenhoneyimages, @alister.photo]
4 Weeks – “Okay, some deep breathing needed now”
Start writing your personal wedding vows (very happy to help you with these too)
Call any non-RSVP guests
Confirm your reception seating plan & send it to your stylist
Make final arrangements with florist
Book spa & nail treatments
1 Week – “We’re great! It’s all come together and we are soooo excited!”
Rehearsal at your Venue or pre-dinner venue with your wedding planner
Finalise speeches & vows
Put together a set of something old, something new, something borrowed,
Contact all vendors and confirm their arrival and/or start time
Allocate on the day tasks to bridal party