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Wedding checklist

So you said yes and it's now time to prepare for probably the biggest and main event in your and your future spouse's lives. But, first, before you do anything, take a pen and paper or dedicate an entire notebook for your wedding plans. Also, buy a ring binder so you can have files neatly arranged especially for offers and contracts.

Sit down with your future spouse and jot down what you need to do. If your future husband does not want to be that involved with the details and planning, get your Mum or best friend to help out.

But, before your fiancé jumps ship, talk about the wedding budget first. Discuss the amounts each of you and your parents can contribute. Define the budget clearly so you can work out what you can or cannot do with the money you have at your disposal.

But, before your fiancé jumps ship, talk about the wedding budget first. Discuss the amounts each of you and your parents can contribute. Define the budget clearly so you can work out what you can or cannot do with the money you have at your disposal.

Firm up the list of the wedding party. Who will be your maid of honour or the groom's best man? How many bridesmaids or groomsmen will there be?

Decide how many guests you can afford for the reception. If you are going to split the number evenly, then each partner must come up with their guest list.

At this point, if you have the extra cash, hire a wedding planner. He/she will know what to do and will take a huge chunk of work off your shoulders.

At this point, if you have the extra cash, hire a wedding planner. He/she will know what to do and will take a huge chunk of work off your shoulders.

Think of getting a wedding insurance in case something happens. This way your backs are covered if the unexpected happens such as falling ill or natural occurrences that cause you to postpone or defer the event.

Decide on a date and venue together with your fiancé. Book this venue 6-8 months before the actual wedding. Choose your officiant and reserve the date and time.

Short list caterers, florists and bands to see which company has the best offer for your wedding. Book these and pay the reservations or advance so there will be no surprises. Keep the 2nd best on your list in case your first choice cannot make it or back out of the deal.

At the same time, you should already be looking at a photographer and videographer. Discuss what you expect from them and check out their portfolio.

Buy your dress or have one made to order. Make allowance for at least 3 or more fittings so you will have enough time to make adjustments for that perfect dress. Do not forget to buy your shoes and break those in way before the wedding.

In parallel, you can also shop for bridesmaid, flower girls and ring bearers outfits to allow enough time for fittings.

Sign up for a wedding registry. Choose 2-3 retailers where you can send guests shopping for wedding presents for you.

Order the wedding invitations. You can also hire a calligrapher, but that will cost money. Send the invitation cards off to make sure everyone gets theirs on time. Do not forget to RSVP so you can have an accurate count of how many people can make it to the event.

Reserve the salon where you will have your makeup and hair done. If you are hiring a hairdresser privately, book it early so you are sure someone will do it. If unsure, do a test run the week before your actual wedding.

Book your honeymoon venue. Buy the flight tickets and reserve the hotel. Make sure your passports are valid and your vaccination cards are up to date.

Two months before the wedding, make sure that you have already decided on and bought the wedding rings. Allow enough time for resizing.

Do not forget to apply for you marriage license so you have it for the wedding day.

Plan a dinner rehearsal with your parents and the wedding entourage. This way, everyone will know what he or she needs to do during the wedding day.

Print out menu cards, name cards and even directions to the venue and send them by email so that everyone can come on time for your wedding.

Throw a hen and stag party, separately, of course. Have fun before getting hitched!

Throw a hen and stag party, separately, of course. Have fun before getting hitched!

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