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A special kind of checklist for your wedding planning

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – don’t become a blue bride by forgetting something crucial on your big day – like the marriage licence! Having a wedding planning checklist will literally help you tick all the important boxes. Work on a spreadsheet in categories and brainstorm anything applicable. Give yourself six months to a year to finalise the many details that make this special occasion complete:
Clothing
This is everything from your gorgeous gown, jewellery and shoes, plus all that’s underneath, to what the groom and bridesmaids will be wearing. Don’t neglect the little touches such as your going-away outfit and honeymoon clothes.

Flowers
Such a central part of any wedding, you’ll want to remember bouquets, corsages, reception and ceremony pieces – including any detailing on chairs and/or pews! Inspire yourself with some of our breath-taking flower and décor ideas.

Stationery
You’ll be surprised how much paperwork is involved. Apart from the obvious invitations and wedding programme, consider save the date cards, maps, and thank you notes. What about the announcement of the bachelor party…?

Reception
This is perhaps your biggest category. Everything around the meal needs to appear here (glasses, plates, napkins and so on) as well as specialist helpers like the caterer, DJ, and baker. Tick off décor, childcare and parking details. Oh, and don’t forget the limousine!

Gifts and favours
A tiny but important category. Have you got a special something for your fiancée, the attendants, and your guests?

Miscellaneous
This is where the marriage licence comes in! Also your hairdresser, mani or pedi (and for whom), make-up, wedding planner and hotels for guests.

Ceremony
It’s easy to overlook the unity candle and ring bearer pillow unless you list them, quite apart from more obvious aspects like the ushers and who is going to marry you (apart from the groom, we mean!)

Rehearsal dinner
It’s fun to have a special get-together afterwards, which often turns into a mini-reception. So compile a little list around venue – restaurant booking or caterer? You’ll need parking or drivers, and entertainment.

Photography
Break it down into stages and people: Ceremony and reception, bride and groom, bridesmaids and family. Do you need a special album?

Rings
Consider engagement and wedding rings, and any special engraving.

Honeymoon

You’ve made it! Just remember those tickets, the rental car, and booking your romantic accommodation.
Lastly, but most important of all, tick off having fun!

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