Canberra Wedding Planning Timeline

A helpful guide for planning your Canberra wedding!

Pialligo Estate Wedding Flowers - Photo by Mel Hill Photography

6 – 18 Months Before

Decide on a wedding date/time.
Work out a budget.
Book your ceremony and reception venues.
Book a celebrant.
Book a photographer/videographer
Choose a wedding party.
Write a guest list.
Choose a wedding gown.
Order your wedding cake.
Book DJ or band for ceremony/reception.
Decide on and book a honeymoon location.
Check your passport is still current.
Begin a health/fitness program.

3 – 6 Months Before

Book your florist.
Choose an MC for your reception.
Organise trials for your hair and makeup.
Purchase wedding rings.
Order any hire equipment, if required
Have vaccinations if honeymooning overseas
Plan the order of ceremony and reception
Shop for bridesmaid’s dresses
Organise your will

2 Months Before

Register your notice of intention to marry
Send invitations out
Decide on menu and drinks for your reception
Book accommodation for out of town guests
Discuss/plan photos with photographer
Order lingerie

4 Weeks Before

Confirm all bookings
Purchase gifts for the bridal party
Plan seating arrangements for the reception
Arrange for any changes to your name
Ask speakers to prepare their speeches
Have a hair and make-up trail
Schedule wedding rehearsals

2 Weeks Before

Confirm numbers with reception venue
Check and confirm honeymoon bookings
Pick up wedding rings
Have a wedding rehearsal

1 Week Before

Pick up your wedding dress and check accessories
Confirm equipment hire
Confirm wedding transport
Organise someone to return hired items
Get a facial and massage
Pack for you honeymoon

The Day Before

Confirm when flowers and cake are arriving
Confirm hair and make up
Have nails manicured
Pack an ‘emergency kit’ to include needle/thread, safety pins, Hollywood tape, extra stockings, bandaids
Pack essentials for the wedding night
Pack last minute items for your honeymoon
Enjoy your day and get a good night’s sleep

Wedding Couple in Canberra - Photo by Mel Hill Photography

Images in this article provided by Mel Hill Photography