If your wedding is 3 months away, this is the checklist you need to work through now. First, ensure you have ticked the boxes of the 12 month and the 6 month wedding planning checklist, and then get down to business here.
I know that if you’ve been using a little white book as your wedding diary and organiser then you’ll certainly be on track, but just incase you haven’t started using it yet, let’s ensure you’re covered.
The 3 month mark is really your last in the ‘planning’ stages, because any closer to the wedding and you’re getting organised and taking care of the plans you have already made. From here, you are likely to also have a lot of the final payments become due, so keep an eye on your budget spreadsheets and be sure to allocate your finances.
Whether or not you sent ‘Save the Dates’ earlier, at the 3 month mark you should be sending your wedding invitations, requiring final RSVPs at around 1 month before the wedding and advising your venue and caterers accordingly.
If your fiancé is responsible for his own, and the groomsmen’s attire, ensure that he’s getting the guys sorted. In a previous life I was the Assistant Manager of Barkers, and you wouldn’t believe how many guys would come in on the day before (or morning of) their wedding looking for a suit.
As for your ‘maids, if you are ordering made-to-measure bridesmaids dresses, now is the time, otherwise keep an eye on websites like Asos for their attire.
Choose your wedding shoes with around 3 months to go if possible, so that your dress can be altered to the right length, and you have a chance to wear them in.
Decide whether you’re going to wear a veil and choose your wedding bands and wedding day jewellery – you may like to make this a wedding gift if you two are opting to exchange those. The Diamond Shop has beautiful diamond earrings, pendants and bracelets worth checking out – they guarantee the best quality and prices on diamonds in New Zealand. They also have the best priced wedding bands – a comparison I did recently for a friend put them at less than half the cost of Walker & Hall, and one third of the cost of Naveya & Sloane.
If you are having a professional make-up artist and hairstylist, contact them to confirm, and to organise your trials. Find inspiration for your look, and send them images of what you have in mind. While you can leave this til later, the final month before your wedding can get a little hectic, and you don’t want to rush this decision.
3 months is also a key time to focus on the health of your skin, with regular facials, good skincare, lots of water and plenty of sleep. If you haven’t already, book in to see a facialist and ensure your skin is in tip-top condition for the big day and all the events in the lead up too.
Catering & Cake
Vows and Speeches
Don’t leave your vows right ’til the last minute, they’re the most important part of your wedding ceremony. Reflect on some of your earlier wedding diary entries, talk to your partner about what marriage means to you both, and meet with your celebrant to discuss your ceremony. If you are asking others to do a reading or make a speech, give them plenty of time to prepare too.
You can apply for your marriage licence anytime between 3 days and 3 months til the wedding, but there’s no sense leaving it til the last minute.
I’m sure you’ve been thinking about (and dreaming about) your honeymoon for a few months now, so why not sort out a few bits of the honeymoon admin before the wedding countdown gets crazy:
- Check your passports for their expiry dates
- Book your flights in the name on your passport
- Buy travel insurance immediately
- Book your accommodation (get $40 off on Booking.com)
- Check if the country you are flying to requires a visa, or get an ESTA if you are flying through the US. FYI these should only cost around $10 – don’t get ripped off by an agency website.
Check in with all vendors
As well as all of the above, check in with all of your vendors to be safe.
Reserve your wedding night accommodation
It may be the last thing on your mind right now, but it will make such a difference to the days after your wedding if you have somewhere to retreat, have a little alone time, and enjoy your first few days as newlyweds. Go on, treat yourselves. (and use $40 off booking.com)
Keep up your diary
Remind yourself why it’s so important to keep a wedding diary, and keep writing about all the adventures you’re having during your engagement so far.
Hopefully your bridal party will take the lead on this, but within the next 3 months you’ll probably be planning your hens night. Seeking inspiration?