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12 months to go
- Announce your engagement.
- Set wedding date. Have standby dates ready.
- Determine your wedding style and budget.
- Get recommendations for wedding venues and wedding vendors. Start attending wedding shows and scouting for locations.
- Book venue. Some months are particularly popular, for examples, August to January, so you’ll need to book early.
- Prepare the necessary documents to legalise your marriage.
- Begin a diet/exercise routine and start getting into shape.
- Start a folder or Pinterest account with sections for dresses, suits, flowers, etc to file away ideas.
- Make a checklist and tick off as items get done.
- Start researching for inspiration from online sources and bridal magazines.
9 months to go
- Confirm wedding venue if you haven’t done so. Discuss menu.
- Book a professional wedding planner if you need/want help.
- Shop for your wedding bands.
- Book photographer and videographer.
- Shop for bridal gown(s) and groom’s attire. Confirm if possible.
- Select your bridal party attendants, bridesmaids, etc. Assign them their duties.
- Look up on florists and hair and make-up artists.
- Book wedding date with ROM, church or officiant.
6 months to go
- Book hair and make-up artists.
- Confirm bridal gown(s) and groom’s attire if you’ve not done so.
- Confirm your wedding bands.
- Consolidate the guest list with your fiancé and both sets of parents.
- Shop for bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s outfits, and your accessories such as shoes and jewellery.
- Enquire about wedding car rentals.
6 to 4 months to go
- Confirm all wedding vendors – from flowers, music and catering.
- Shoot your pre-wedding photography. For overseas pre-wedding shoots, it depends on your preferred season.
- Reserve accommodation for overseas guests.
- Start planning your honeymoon.
- Order wedding stationary, including wedding invitations, thank you cards and guest book.
- Shop for wedding favours (if not provided by wedding venue).
3 months to go
- Finalise guest list and start planning seating arrangements.
- Shop and buy your bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s attires.
- Confirm transportation for yourself, the bridal party and out-of-town guests.
- Send reminders for venues and solemnisation officiant.
- Confirm all wedding decor ideas, bouquets, centrepieces.
- Send out invitations for out-of-town guests.
- Discuss different looks with hair and makeup people, and go for trial runs. Confirm looks.
2 months to go
- Send out local invitations.
- Go for food-tastings and confirm menu.
- Confirm that out-of-town guests have received invitations and settled accommodation details.
- Organise and finalise seating arrangements.
- Organise your actual day programme and run-through.
1 month to go
- Confirm that your gowns and those of your bridesmaids will be ready on time.
- Prepare fees or hongbao where applicable, such as for the officiant, and your “sisters” and “brothers”.
- Start breaking in your shoes so they won’t pinch on the day.
- Fix a date for a church rehearsal (if you’re having a church ceremony) two weeks before the wedding. Notify attendants.
- Confirm all other arrangements that have not been finalised.
- Plan your hen and stag nights.
2 weeks to go
- Have your church rehearsal or run through the day’s duties with attendants.
- Have a final dress fitting, including shoes, lingerie and accessories.
- Collect all outfits!
- Have your hen and stag nights. Stay healthy.
- Arrange for bridal flowers to be sent to your home early on the day itself.
1 week to go
- Finalise all minor arrangements that haven’t been done, such as, has your partner passed the rings to the best man?
- Arrange for a bridesmaid to accompany and help you on the day - this takes the stress off you.
- Give all payments to the best man; leave him to pay the respective people.
- See if you and your fiance can get away for a day spa - pamper yourselves with a few luxurious treatments.
- Finalise honeymoon details and start your packing.
1 day to go
- Rest and relax so you’ll both look great on your big day.
- Have a manicure and pedicure.
On the day
- Let the chief bridesmaid or planner take charge of everything, which includes reminding the other attendants of their duties.
- Relax and enjoy your wedding day!