1 Month Before

- Pick up wedding rings; have them engraved, if desired.
- Have engagement ring cleaned or polished.
- Confirm prices with suppliers, double-check delivery or arrival timings.
- Pay any outstanding amounts to suppliers.
- Reconfirm all details with suppliers and staff involved on the day; this includes caterers, cakes, flowers, photographs, and hair and make-up stylists.
- Reconfirm all transport arrangements (locations and timings).
- Confirm final numbers, dietary requirements and special requests with the caterers.
- Draw up the final seating plan.
- Make up extra copies of the seating plan for the caterer, photographer and best man.
- Divide place cards into envelopes for the caterers laying the tables, allowing one envelope per table.
- Make a checklist of telephone numbers in case of any emergencies on the day: local cab firms, the wedding party's mobiles and suppliers. Also, brief wedding party of what they need on the day.
- Draw up a list of important family and friends for the photographer, with a copy for the best man.
- Brief the best man on final payments due on the day, and supply cash or cheques, as required.
- Organise reserved seating for the ceremony and brief the ushers.
- Brief the best man and chief bridesmaid on any final logistics and last minute duties.
- Collect the wedding dress and bridesmaids' outfits.
- Practise putting on the wedding dress with whoever will be helping on the big day.
- Try on the full bridal outfit - including jewellery and lingerie - and practise walking in shoes.
- Order honeymoon currency/travellers cheques.
- Pack and organise luggage for the honeymoon; receive new passport.
- Keep an eye on the weather forecast; make provision for adverse conditions (extra umbrellas, blankets, water etc.)

This guide offers an online wedding planning schedule based on a timeline of nine months to a year, as well as timetable for the wedding day.

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