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The Wedding Planning Checklist

Once the marriage is fixed, Mary Jayne Dias lists a number of things to do so that it becomes easier to ascertain that everything is ready and thus avoid last minute hysterics

  • Choose the kind of wedding you will have, date and time.
  • Discuss the budget, and who will pay for what.
  • Check state/country marriage license requirements.
  • Meet the main celebrant and decide upon the theme of your marriage.
  • Order wedding invitation.
  • Book a choir.
  • Prepare a nuptial booklet (ask the nuptial liturgy from main celebrant and hymns from choir).
  • Choose florist and floral theme for your wedding.
  • Meet the florist and discuss the budget, delivery and options.
  • Discuss the guest list with fiancé and families.
  • Reserve the wedding (church) and reception (hall) locations (at least a year in advance).
  • Arrange transportation (buses) for wedding party to ceremony and reception.
  • Decide upon the decoration in Church and reception and lighting and generator requirements.
  • Interview caterers and discuss sample menus.
  • Book the band (a year in advance) Select the Wedding Special (waltz number).
  • Book a professional photographer and/or videographer.
  • Make appointments with hairdresser and beautician.
  • Book wedding car.
  • Book the Master of Ceremonies.
  • Decide upon the Toast Master.
  • Choose the bridesmaids, Best Man, flower girls and pageboy.
  • Select your wedding dress, veil and accessories and also that of the bridesmaids, Best Man, flower girls and pageboy.
  • Discuss honeymoon plans. If travelling abroad, make legal arrangements (passport, visas, inoculations etc). Meet the travel agent.
  • Arrange to pay for bride’s bouquet and going-away corsage; order boutonnieres (buttonhole flowers) for men, and corsages for women.
  • Order wedding rings and pick up, check engraving.
  • Help fiancée with thank-you notes.