Receive this booklet to assist with your ceremony planning!

A Popular Checklist for Marrying Couples

Let's start at the very beginning (a very good place to start!)

In the beginning

  • Decide that you want to marry
  • altSet the Wedding Date
  • Find a marriage celebrant
  • Don't leave this too late - the best celebrants are booked well ahead
  • See a few celebrants and find out what each will provide for your ceremony
  • Select the person you feel most comfortable with to celebrate this most important event!
  • Meet with your Marriage Celebrant to begin the process
  • Complete and lodge the Notice of Intended Marriage form (remember to take your documents with you). The Notice of Intended Marriage?(NOIM) must be lodged with your "celebrant" no more than 18 months and no less than 1 month and 1 day prior to your intended date of marriage
  • Consider your attendants (Chief Bridesmaid, Best Man, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen etc.)
  • Decide the style of wedding you want - formal, semi-formal, casual, theme, fancy dress
  • Book the venue, reception and catering
  • Decide on the wedding gown, suits and bridesmaids outfits
  • Discuss your honeymoon and start reservations
  • Consider your guest list
  • Consider your photographer and/or video operator, cars
  • Consider the final arrangements for the Bride, Bridesmaids, Groom, Groomsmen and families

Months before the wedding

  • altFinalise the invitation list
  • Select the stationary and have it printed
  • Decide the style of wedding rings you want and order them
  • Consider a Gift List or Bridal Registry
  • Check with you Celebrant about required documents for marriage
  • Consider the structure and words for your ceremony
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations, send deposits and check if travel documents are required (eg Passports, visa, etc.)
  • Finalise your menu with your caterer
  • Discuss gifts for your Bridal Party and purchase them
  • Decide on the style of your cake

Months to Month before the Wedding

  • altSend the invitations
  • Arrange for fittings of gowns and suits and set dates for final fittings
  • Select a hairdresser and makeup artist. Book for hair and makeup trials
  • Compile a confirmed guest list
  • Confirm your choice of ceremony with your "celebrant" and arrange for a final visit or rehearsal
  • Confirm floral arrangements with your florist
  • Confirm bookings for your photographer, video operator, musicians, cars
  • Give preliminary numbers to your caterer
  • Look at seating plans
  • Finalise payment with your Celebrant

Month to Week before the Wedding

  • altPick up the Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Gowns
  • Confirm the hairdresser
  • Arrange a suitable time for the makeup artist
  • Pick up the wedding ring/s
  • Finalise numbers with your caterer
  • Write your seating plans and place cards

From Week until the Wedding Day

  • altArrange for a "get together" (rehearsal) for the ceremony
  • Pick up the suits
  • Double check honeymoon arrangements
  • Arrive early to the hairdressers
  • Pick up the cake
  • Confirm the final times with makeup artist, photographer, car hire and video operator
  • R?E?L?A?X?- and let others help you both
  • Give yourself sufficient time to ensure that you arrive at the ceremony on time
  • Trust you Celebrant to make your day very, very, special
  • Enjoy your day!
  • Enjoy your future together