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Your wedding planning checklist

1 October 2020

Whether you’ve got 3 months or 36 months to plan your upcoming wedding, putting together a wedding planning checklist is a great way to get organised. A structured checklist can help you reduce the stress of planning a wedding and realistically manage your budget, while ensuring you don’t forget any essential details.

It can be easy for small things to slip by your notice during the planning process and surprise you on the big day. For example, you may think that you’ve got your transportation on the day sorted – you’ve hired vintage cars – perfect, done! But then on the day you might suddenly realise… who’s actually going to drive them?

Thankfully, we’ve put together a handy wedding planning checklist, to help you plan the day down to a tee. Simply check each item off once you’ve organised it, and you’re ready to go!

The wedding checklist

While this isn’t an exhaustive list, it’s a great starting point for your wedding preparations. Feel free to add your own items, or cross off ones you won’t need.

  • Plan your budget
  • Pick a date
  • Book your venue for the ceremony and reception
  • Arrange an officiant
  • Decide on your wedding party
  • Draft a guest list
  • Send out ‘save the date’ cards or emails
  • Book a photographer and/or videographer
  • Hire a DJ or band
  • Organise your wedding dress(es) and/or suit(s)
  • Buy wedding party outfits for your bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Plan and book your honeymoon
  • Register or create your gift list
  • Finalise your RSVPs
  • Plan and book your honeymoon
  • Register or create your gift registry
  • Send out your invitations
  • Buy your rings
  • Book a florist
  • Arrange transportation (and drivers!)
  • Order the wedding cake
  • Organise hair and makeup
  • Choose your wedding songs (for during the ceremony and first dance)
  • Finalise the wedding menu
  • Buy your wedding favours
  • Write your vows and wedding speech
  • Book a room for the wedding night
  • Buy gifts for the wedding party

Saving up for your big day

Planning ahead can make a big difference when it comes to budgeting and saving too. Tools like Suncorp's online budget planner can help you can get a good overview of your current spending and saving. Bank accounts, such as Suncorp’s Everyday Options Account, allow you to split your money into sub-accounts for specific savings goals. Plus, there are no account keeping fees and you can open an account online in minutes.


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