Take The Stress Out Of Wedding Preparation With This Checklist

Even the best buckle under the pressure and stress of wedding preparations. To ensure you don’t turn into bridezilla, follow this checklist!

Set a budget – decide on what you are willing to spend and bear in mind that, usually, the budget will go over at some point so consider your costs carefully.

Decide on a date and check in with close family and friends to see whether they are available. Then pick a church if you are having a religious ceremony and book a venue. It can be surprising how far in advance couples book their weddings – time is of the essence!

Compile a guest list – your numbers can really dictate your venue. Put down every possible guest that you may be inviting so that you can then whittle it down to suit your venue. Book your photographer, videographer and musicians – these also get booked up fairly quickly so the sooner you book, the better chance you will have at getting who you want.

Get the dress – shop around and decide on what style suits you best. Ensure that you bring only a few key people with you when shopping so that you’re not confused with too many opinions.

Book your hair stylist and makeup. Decide on the style you want to go for and book a few trials to ensure that you are confident and prepared before the big day.

Book your honeymoon and research the weather at your chosen destination for the time of year that you will be travelling. Book your pre-marriage course. What to do before you say ‘I Do’ Notify the State of your intention to marry. You must give three months notice to the State and the Catholic Church Order your cake and stationery.

Pick the groom’s and groomsmen suits, as well as the bridesmaids dresses.

Stag and hen parties – organisation should be well underway at this stage so hopefully you can sit back and look forward to a wild weekend away!

Begin your pre-wedding skincare routine – according to most experts, you should be getting one facial per month for six months prior to the wedding.

Health and fitness – now is the time to start getting in shape before the big day.

Organise paperwork for the church such as birth certificates, confirmation certs and letters of freedom if you’re getting married in a church that’s not your own parish church. Decide on prayers, readings and music for the ceremony.

Organise and send your invitations.

Check passports are in order for the honeymoon.

Have a menu tasting at the wedding venue.

Dress Fittings – arrange the final fittings for the bride and bridesmaids.

Organise gifts for the bridal party, as well as shoes and accessories.

Make a start on your table plan as this can be the hardest job of all!