Here's your ultimate Wedding Checklist

The Sydney Life
The Eventful Life

Planning your dream wedding is undoubtedly the most exciting time in your life – but that doesn’t mean it’s not one of the most stressful as well! That’s why we’ve curated the ultimate wedding checklist ensuring you have all the details for your big day locked in 12 months, 6 months and even 1 week before.

12 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Announce your engagement
  • Make sure your families have met
  • Determine the wedding budget
  • Choose your bridal party
  • Book ceremony/reception venues
  • Hire a wedding planner (if desired)
  • Book a photographer/videographer
  • Book a celebrant/officiant
  • Book a caterer
  • Make bridal boutique appointments
  • Book music for the ceremony
  • Book a florist

9 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Order your wedding dress
  • Organise your accessories
  • Finalise the guest list
  • Select wedding- day underwear
  • Book hair and makeup artist(s)
  • Order the bridesmaids’ dresses
  • Order/book the guys’ suits
  • Organise an MC for the reception
  • Order invitations and stationary
  • Start sourcing decorations
  • If needed, book hire-equipment

6 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Help out-of-town guests organize their accommodation at InterContinental Sydney
  • Book transport for the day
  • Purchase the wedding rings
  • Order favours for guests
  • Book honeymoon and wedding night accommodation
  • Organise your gift registry

4 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Arrange menu tasting
  • Discuss details of the service with the ceremony officiant
  • Choose something old, new, borrowed and blue
  • Buy gifts for groom and bridal party
  • Choose the readings and vows
  • Organise time off work for your honeymoon
  • Review gift registry and add any items you have forgotten
  • Finalise decorative arrangements

2 MONTHS BEFORE

  • Post invites (you’ll need to let overseas guests know earlier)
  • Inform guests of your gift registry
  • Have a hair and makeup trial (take headpiece and/or veil)
  • Organise your bridal shower and hens’ night
  • Complete and lodge your Notice of Intended Marriage form
  • If changing your name, complete the appropriate documents
  • Return checklist to Weddings Executive

1 MONTH BEFORE

  • Confirm flight booking and honeymoon accommodation
  • Organise the bridal party’s final fittings (including accessories)
  • Confirm the groom’s and groomsmen’s outfits are ready
  • Ask speaker(s) to prepare speeches
  • Write your own speech
  • Finalise rehearsal arrangements
  • Finalise the menu, including any special dietary requirements
  • Ceremony musicians and reception entertainment
  • Hire-equipment and furniture

CONFIRM 2 WEEKS BEFORE

Double-check these details with all the relevant suppliers below:

  • Wedding date
  • Delivery time
  • Delivery location
  • Specifications
  • Florist
  • Cake-maker
  • Stationary provider
  • Photographer/videographer
  • Celebrant/officiant
  • Car-hire company
  • Hair and makeup artist(s)
  • Ceremony musicians and reception entertainment
  • Hire-equipment and furniture

2 WEEKS BEFORE

  • Have a final dress fitting (including lingerie, veil, shoes and accessories)
  • Confirm guest numbers with reception venue and caterer
  • Finalise seating plan for reception
  • Write place cards
  • Practise walking around in your wedding shoes at home
  • Celebrate your hens’ night

 1 WEEK BEFORE

  • Pick up your wedding dress and hang it in a safe place
  • Pack for your honeymoon
  • Get your engagement ring cleaned
  • Hold a wedding rehearsal

Download your very own InterContinental World Of Weddings Checklist to start planning your dream wedding. 

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June 15, 2018