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How to plan the best wedding in 2018.

The to-do list for the ‘I dos’: A wedding planning checklist

So it’s really happening – where to go from here? Don’t get overwhelmed, get organised. Make a list and stick to it, and everything should fall into place to make the big day a smooth-running, magical experience.

There are many wedding planning checklists online which can help you plan out the event and can be customised to suit the particular needs required and stay on top of the budget. Wedding apps are a great assistant. Check out the WeddingHappy app, which helps planners stay on top of tasks, monitor spending and includes a wedding day countdown, and comes highly rated.

It’s recommended that 12 to 18 months out the foundations are set out clearly. Set a budget, choose a venue, book the church or celebrant and pick the date, and send out save-the-date cards. Make sure the accommodation and transport requirements match the chosen venue.

From then on, it’s all about how it’s going to look and what kind of unforgettable experience is going to be created. Consider the day’s structure and how it will run ­– engage a wedding planner if that seems to be a good option. Pick your bridal party and pull together a guest list. Research and book photographers, caterers, entertainment and honeymoon options.

About six to nine months before, the next stage is choosing the wedding dress and accessories. Florists, bridal party looks, rings, cakemakers and stationery requirements also need to be researched and confirmed by about this time.

A few months out is a good time to set up your registry list, start lining up those dress fittings and have hair and make-up trials.

As the big day approaches, confirm all timings with suppliers and the bridal party. Make sure final guest numbers are confirmed with the venue and caterers, and everyone who needs to be has been paid. Don’t forget gifts for the bridal party and thank-you notes to send out after the event.

Factor into the mix some last-minute pampering options that might help relieve some pre-wedding nerves. But with each of the tasks managed and ticked off, there should be nothing left but to shine and enjoy the day.


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