Everything you need to plan for the big day, and in what order

Everything you need to plan for the big day, and in what order

Planning a wedding can be a monstrous task, especially when trying to juggle it with your everyday life - but you can make the process an enjoyable one when you’re organised and on top of it all. In the beginning, it may seem very overwhelming when you’re unsure of the next steps or if you’re going to forget something. SH Jewellery understands just how stressful it can be and have created a compact list of everything you need to plan for the big day, and in what order.

9-12 months before

1. Set a budget, and determine how the costs will be divided among your families’ contributions

2. Select a date, and reserve a venue

3. Start the guest list, and determine the best cost estimate

4. Select your wedding party

5. Hire a planner, if desired

6. Book an officiant

7. Research a florist, photographer, videographer, DJ or band, and caterers

8. Host an engagement party, if you desire

9. Start a wedding folder to keep track of receipts and bridal inspiration


6-9 months before

11. Meet and book the caterers

12. Book the entertainment, i.e. DJ or band

13. Choose bridesmaids’ attire

14. Pick and order your bridal gown!

15. Register for gifts

16. Plan gifts for your bridal party, look here for some ideas!

17. Begin planning your honeymoon

18. Arrange transportation

19. Arrange for hotel or town rooms for guests to stay in


4-6 months before

20. Finalise the guest list

21. Book a florist, photographer, and videographer

22. Reserve rental items needed for the ceremony and reception

23. Create wedding invitations

24. Finalise a date, time, and location for rehearsal dinner

25. Pick ceremony readings, and confirm with readers

26. Meet with officiant


2-4 months before

27. Mail invitations

28. Shop for your wedding rings here!

29. Select and order your wedding cake

30. Obtain marriage license after 90-day mark

31. Schedule hair and makeup artists, and make day-of and trial-run appointments

32. Create your wedding favours and gifts for welcome baskets

33. Purchase wedding shoes and begin dress fittings

6-8 weeks before

34. Get your marriage license

35. Send out rehearsal-dinner invitations

36. Reserve tuxedos for groomsmen

37. Finalise the menu and flower arrangements

38. Meet with vendors to finalise details

39. Organise a list of people giving toasts

40. Purchase the rings!

41. Organise and have a bachelorette party if desired


2-6 week before

42. Enter RSVPs into your guest-list database

43. Print seating cards and programs

44. Create a seating plan

45. Have your final dress fitting

46. Pick-up wedding dress and rings

47. Write vows


1 week before

48. Finalise hair and makeup appointments

49. Finalise times with photographer and videographer

50. Re-confirm and finalise arrival times vendors

51. Delegate small wedding tasks to the wedding party, set specific people to be in charge of little things on the day

52. Pack for your honeymoon


Week of wedding

53. Expect lots of last minute things to come up, so make sure you’ve done everything you could earlier

54. Enjoy yourself, it’s your big day!

Don’t forget to have fun during the planning process, your friends and family are here to help - so let them! It’ll be the moments that lead up to your big day that make your wedding day one to remember. So don’t forget to enjoy yourself, you’re a bride!

Need help finding the ideal engagement ring?

Our friendly sales team have many years of experience and can help you find the perfect ring for your loved one. Simply visit our SH Showroom in Springvale and take advantage of a free consultation to discuss your jewellery and diamond requirements. However, so that we can better serve you, we recommend that you book an appointment for your consultation, especially for weekend times.

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