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Your wedding planning checklist

1 October 2018

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
  • Take out a personal loan (if needed)
  • 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

Funding your big day

When it comes to actually checking these things off your list – including paying things off – you’ll quickly realise that the cost of having a wedding can quickly add up! While you can get some great tips for budgeting and saving, you still want to make this a memorable day and may not want to skimp out on certain things.

If you think you might need a bit of a boost to your budget to create the perfect day, you could consider getting a personal wedding loan to pay for some of your wedding expenses.  

Before taking out a personal loan for your wedding, consider your budget carefully to make sure you’ll be able to make the repayments after all the excitement is over. You can use a personal loan repayment calculator to work out what sort of loan you’ll be able to repay.

Try the Personal Loan Repayment Calculator

With a Suncorp Personal Loan, you may be able to get the funding you need to pay for your ideal wedding. You can learn more about eligibility requirements and what sort of personal loan might suit you by visiting the Banking section of

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