Getting married... then get it right!

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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.

TWELVE MONTHS


*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.

NINE MONTHS

*Draw up your guest list.
*Choose you bridal gown.

SIX MONTHS

*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.

THREE MONTHS

*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.

SIX WEEKS

*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.

TWO WEEKS

*Apply for your marriage licence.
*Confirm all reservations, including honeymoon, hotel, and out-of-town guests' bookings.

ONE WEEK

*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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