WHETHER it's a simple ceremony barefoot on the beach, a church wedding with a formal reception, or something in between, the secret to a stress free day is careful planning.
A professional wedding planner is the easy answer for those who can afford it, but if your budget doesn't stretch that far then work to a timetable.
Draw up a check list and keep yourself on schedule then, when the big day comes, all you have to do is enjoy it.
This simple checklist should help keep you on track.
*Finalise your budget.
*Choose your bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen and others you would like to have in your wedding party.
*Book the wedding and reception.
*Book transport, caterers, photographer, videographer and florist.
*Draw up your guest list.
*Choose you bridal gown.
*Order invitations and announcements.
*Meet with your chosen professionals. Decide on the reception menu, music for the band/DJ etc.
*Choose the bridesmaids' dresses.
*Start planning for the honeymoon.
*Order the wedding cake.
*Buy your wedding rings.
*Have your first wedding dress fitting.
*Choose your headdress.
*Finalise your guest list.
*Reserve hotel rooms and arrange transport for out-of-town guests.
*Send out invitations.
*Have final dress fittings for the bride and bridesmaids.
*Visit your hairdresser to try out your headdress with your chosen hairstyle.
*Have your make-up done, then check the complete look.
*Apply for your marriage licence.
*Confirm all reservations, including honeymoon, hotel, and out-of-town guests' bookings.
*Check the final head count and confirm with the caterer.
*Send thank you cards for gifts you have already received.
*Pack cases for the honeymoon.
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