Wedding Checklist for Your Big Day

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It's almost prime wedding season and when you are planning your big day, you want everything to be just perfect. From the smaller details like your invitation design, to your choice of venue, a lot of work goes into ensuring that your wedding lives up to your dreams. To make sure that you don’t run out of time to book services or forget to include anything, we have pulled together a comprehensive checklist of all the things that you need to remember:

1. Calculate your budget

Before you plan anything, you will need to decide what budget you are working towards. If you are receiving contributions from your families then you need to have these conversations before you start looking at venues or anything else as your budget will dictate most of the decisions you are going to make. The majority of weddings run well over the allocated budget, so try to think about under-spending to stay within your budget.

2. Choose the venue (and date available)

This will be the biggest decision and usually needs the most advanced booking, so make sure the venue is your first big task as it can take quite a lot of research and visits, unless you already have a place in mind. Whether you want a quiet registry office ceremony or a big, extravagant wedding venue choice like Goosedale, the sooner you start with this task, the better. Deciding your date might come down solely to venue availability but could also be influenced by price, weather and guest availability.

3. Select your wedding party

Once you know the size and type of venue, it is easier deciding on how many people will make up your wedding party. This can be one of the most stressful parts of the entire planning, if people are expecting to be included and they are not. The earlier you communicate this, the less chance that people will have already made assumptions that they are included in the wedding party.

4. Guest list

The guest list can be another tricky affair, especially when you are on a tight budget or want to have a small, intimate ceremony. Again, the sooner that this gets confirmed, the more time you will have to adjust the list and invite additional people if others cannot make it on your big day.

5. Send out the invitations

Send the invites out as soon as you can so that people have the chance to RSVP and let you know that they can definitely make it. You might need to chase people up for responses and some people prefer to set up an online RSVP to make the process quicker.

6. Book your officiant

Make sure you leave plenty of time to book your officiant because you simply can’t have a wedding without one!

7. Final bookings and arrangements for the day:

• Caterers and menu
• Wedding outfits
• Wedding cake
• Weddings rings
• Photographer
• Car/vehicle hire
• Florist
• Entertainment
• Hotel accommodation
• Drinks for the toast
• Gifts for the wedding party
• Plan the order of the day
• Table plan
• Ceremony music
• Choose photo scenes/locations

If you use this list as a guide then you should be able to relax and enjoy your big day without worrying about the smaller details. You can always hire a wedding planner to take responsibility for everything if your budget allows, or you can delegate certain tasks to different members of the wedding party if you trust them enough to be organised. Remember, it is your day and you can plan it however you want to, so don’t worry about trying to keep everyone else happy!

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