It's never too early to start planning your perfect day. Use the checklist below to help you prepare for your special day and ensure everything runs smoothly.
The Big Decisions......
Decide on your overall budget and allocate how much you want to spend on each element
Settle on your wedding type and theme
Choose a date and a venue
Apply for Marriage License
Contact a Wedding Planner
Book your venue
Contact the Vicar or Registar
Book your reception venue
Select your caterer and cake designer
Select and book the evening venue
Select and book the photographer or videographer
Select and book the wedding transport
Book the honeymoon
Find your wedding and Bridesmaid dresses (and couture if applicable)
Book beauty appointments for hair, makeup and nails
Sort out the clothes for the rest of the wedding party (the suits for the Groom, Best man, Ushers)
Order your wedding rings, headwear, accessories and flowers
Contact a dietician if you want to lose a few pounds
Food/Drink & Fun......
Arrange your hen party and stag do
Confirm numbers and menus with your caterers
Book your entertainments, such as a band, DJ or toastmaster
Ensure you've ordered your Wedding Cake, Chocolate and Champagne
Order the decorations, such as flowers, balloons and chair covers
Check your passports are valid
Confirm all travel and accommodation arrangements
Don't forget the transport between the venues and/or airport
Write a guest list
Order your invitations
Write a gift list
Order bouquets for the mothers
Send out invitations
Does your home insurance cover new presents?
If you have children, is there a creche or suitable entertainment for them?
by Mark Waterton