Putting your wedding day together – how long do things really take?

Organising your wedding day is a big task, which is why it’s important to know how much time you should allow for certain things, so everything runs smoothly and you don’t cause yourself any unnecessary stress or panic.


Book your venue and set the date – summer is wedding season and many popular venues will book out well in advance. Draft a guest list to make sure your venue will be suitable for your needs and book early to make sure you’re not disappointed.

Book your wedding service providers – this includes people like your photographer, videographer, celebrant, caterer, florist, band or DJ and cars/transport.


Dresses and suits – if you’re ordering tailormade dresses or suits, now is the time to organise it. You’ll want to allow plenty of time for it to be made, to have fittings and to make adjustments.

Order your rings – it’s never too early to organise your wedding bands, especially if you’re having something special custom-made. You’ll need to book your jeweller approximately two months in advance – but allow three months if your wedding is around the Christmas period when a lot of jewellery suppliers are closed.

Also…six months in advance is a good time to order your wedding cake, send ‘Save the date’ cards and plan and book your honeymoon.


Organise the finer details – finalise the menu, plan your service with your celebrant, write your vows, have a trial for your make-up and hair, meet with your photographer, plan your music selection and send out your invitations.


Organise legal documents – you’ll need to organise your marriage certificate and any documents required for changing your name.


Confirm details with service providers – give your caterer final guest numbers, confirm timing with your florist, finalise transport arrangements and confirm your honeymoon arrangements.

Dress, suit and beauty treatments – have final dress and suit fittings and get a manicure, pedicure and any other beauty treatments you desire.

Rings – visit Showcase Jewellers to have your engagement ring cleaned and polished, pick up your wedding bands and choose any other bridal jewellery to finish off your look.

There are plenty of other finer details involved in planning your perfect day, this is just a selection of the key details. Along with Showcase Jewellers, you might like to visit these local businesses when planning your wedding: The Bloom Room, Team 7 Hairdressing, Rosetown Print, Mirrorbox Photography, Oosh, Campbell Lane and Thalia Boutique.

Let us guide and inspire you. As wedding ring specialists, we offer a wide range of wedding and engagement rings – and we have the expertise to help you choose the perfect rings.