With a new year just around the corner, there’s a good chance that you or someone you may know may be getting married. Weddings are emotional, memorable, and overall a good time; but they also take a lot of work. Finding the right caterer and photographer are just a couple important details that you will need to have figured out leading up the big day… But not to worry! We’ve put together a detailed check list for you to share that can help anyone plan for their picture perfect wedding.


  •  Choose a date (or up to 3 so you can be flexible). 
  •  Talk budget and decide who is contributing what. 
  •  Discover your wedding style.
  •  Choose wedding party: Maid of Honour and Bridesmaids, Best Man and Groomsmen, Flower Girl and Ring Bearer. 
  •  Create a wedding website. 
  • Begin compiling a guest list. 
  • Explore ceremony and reception venue options.
  • Start assembling a team of wedding pros: 
  • Book cheflaura.ca Catering  +  Events, event planner, photographer, videographer, florist, and musicians.
  • Browse wedding dress and veil styles. 
  • Get engagement photos taken. 

10-11 MONTHS 

Take a breath, breathe in … You’ve got this! 

  • Obtain a couple different proposals from cheflaura.ca Catering + Events, for cost comparisons to see what best suites your special day
  • Choose bridal party attire and accessories. 
  • Reserve ceremony and reception venues. 
  • Book officiate. 
  • Hire photographer, videographer, caterer, DJ/band, florist, and planner. 
  • Mail your Save the Dates. 
  • Purchase wedding dress, veil and undergarments. 
  • Establish a fitness routine.


Work it! 

  • Setup a tasting with CHEFLAURA.ca Catering + Events to finalize your menu choices. 
  • Find 3 hotels (at different price points) for out-of-town guests. 
  • Refine guest list. 
  • Create gift registries at 3 national retailers. 
  • Browse Wedding Invitation designs and coordinating stationery (Enclosures, Programs, Menu Cards, Thank Yous, and Favours). 
  • Begin planning honeymoon. 


Just like magic! Now you can see it …

  • Explore wedding day hair and makeup styles.
  • Meet with officiate to discuss plans for ceremony. 
  • Reserve rentals: chairs, linens, lighting, décor, etc. 
  • Choose cake style and schedule tastings.
  • Decide on groomsmen attire. 
  • Personalize & order Wedding Invitation. 
  • Hire ceremony musicians. 
  • Book transportation to and from venues. 
  • Purchase wedding band


Lights, Camera, and more action… 

  • Pass along the headache of coordinating your rental requirements to ChefLaura.ca Catering + Kitchens
  • Choose flowers for: wedding party, attendants, venues, cake, etc. 
  • Schedule dress fittings.
  • Book honeymoon flights and hotels. 
  • Book room for wedding night. 
  • Order wedding cake.
  • Plan welcome baskets for out-of-town guests. 
  • Prepare {play/do not play} lists for DJ/band.
  • Finalize wedding guest list. 
  • Assemble rehearsal dinner guest list. 
  • Book rehearsal dinner venue. 


You’re getting close! 

  • Set date for site visit/final meeting with ChefLaura.ca Catering + Events
  • Finalize honeymoon plans and ensure all documents are in order. 
  • Plan ceremony and reception seating. 
  • Experiment with hair and veil with stylist. 
  • Finalize readers and readings. £ Purchase: toasting flutes, serving pieces, guestbook, flower basket and ring bearer pillow. 
  • Finalize reception menu.
  • Order Menu Cards. 
  • Order Wedding Favours


Crunch Time!

  • Mail Wedding Invitations. 
  • Develop system for organizing RSVPs. 
  • Begin writing vows. 
  • Review ceremony details with officiant. 
  • Apply for marriage license: order 2-3 extra. 
  • Finalize seating arrangements. £ Finalize playlists with musicians. 
  • Finalize fittings for wedding party and parents. 
  • Create wedding day timeline and send to your vendors, officiant and wedding party. 
  • Write out honeymoon itinerary for family at home. 
  • Decide “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue.” 
  • Book spa and beauty treatments for you and your bridal party.
  • Book wedding day transportation. £ Purchase gifts for attendants. 


Don’t Forget… 

  • Meet with ChefLaura.ca Catering + Events to pass off final numbers, discuss timeline, layout for 
  • food/guests, etc. 
  • Call vendors to confirm date, times and location. 
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations. 
  • Pack for honeymoon. 
  • Pick up wedding rings. 
  • Pick up marriage license 
  • Final dress fitting (with shoes & undergarments).


Bird on a Wedding Wire

  • Follow up with guests who have not RSVP’d. 
  • Give final count to ChefLaura.ca. Catering + Events
  • Update registries. 
  • Begin breaking in wedding shoes. 
  • Make arrangements for the caring of pets and plants while on honeymoon. 
  • Send playlists to DJ/band/ceremony musicians.
  • Get final haircut and color. £ Delegate wedding day duties: gift table, guestbook, etc. 
  • Delegate someone to return tuxes, rentals and tend to wedding dress. 
  • Send directions to wedding day limo/transportation driver. 


And just like that! 

  • Prepare final payments to vendors + cash tips for service personnel.
  • Give readers their scripts. 
  • Give photographer and videographer your image and video requests. 
  • Lay out wedding clothes. 
  • Prepare wedding day emergency kit. 
  • Get spa treatments for you and the bridal party.


Get a good nights rest and enjoy your special day.

  • Rest assured that ChefLaura.ca Catering + Events will be reviewing your file to make sure everything is in order for your big day 
  • Deliver welcome baskets. 
  • Get mani/pedi/massage. 
  • Attend wedding rehearsal. 
  • Have fun at the rehearsal dinner. 
  • Get to bed at a decent hour! WEDDING DAY Enjoy your day! 
  • Enjoy the expertise of our professional and friendly staff while enjoying a memorable culinary experience! 
  • Eat a good breakfast! Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready. 
  • Give wedding rings and officiant fee to best man. 
  • Relax, smile, and soak in every incredible moment