A simple and easy-to-use checklist to help you in planning your big day
How the checklist works
The Worldwide same-sex unions and marriage checklist is here to help you plan for your big day. The list covers all of the main areas, services and activities usually associated with a union or marriage.
You can either download the pdf version of the checklist or write down the headings to help with your planning. Remember to add or remove entries, customising the list to your own personal requirements.
The venue where your union or marriage will take place. You may choose to have one venue for the day and another for the evening event. Please also remember that you will need to arrange someone to officiate the wedding – an individual that is licensed by the area or region in which your union or marriage is taking place to perform the legal part of your ceremony.
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Typically, in the evening part of the union or wedding, you will require a catering company to help provide either a buffet or a three-course meal for your guests. You will need to establish the total number of people that will be attending, what types of dietary requirements your guests may have and ideas for the kinds of food you would like to serve on your big day. If you are serving a three-course meal and have people with special dietary requirements, make sure you create a seating plan that you can share with the caters before the actual event.
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You will need to allow at least three to six months before the big day to make your friends and family aware of the details of the ceremony. Typically, you will have invitations printed which states the date, time, location of the venue and instructions on how to confirm if they will be attending.
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Transportation is a crucial part of the big day. How will you, your partner and family get to the venue on the day? If you have multiple venues, how will you travel between venues and lastly, how will you travel from the venue at the end of the event?
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If you want to capture the event with professional photographs or a video, you will likely want to employ a photographer or someone to record the big day. If you hire a photographer, remember to establish both the costs for taking the photographs/video as well as the price for purchasing the wedding book/video sets.
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Whether it is for a wedding bouquet, boutonniere or only flowers for the venue, you will likely want to hire a florist to help prepare stunning flowers for your big day. You will need to consider your colour scheme for the event and any flowers you would like to be included within your arrangements.
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No wedding is complete without a cake for you, your friends and family to enjoy. You will need to inform the baker the number of guests that will be attending the union or wedding, any colour schemes you are planning to use and any cake flavours and frostings you may require. The size and number of tiers on the cake will depend on the number of guests attending the wedding.
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Depending on the type of union or marriage, you may require a wedding dress. If wedding dresses are needed, you will need to consider the style of dress you would like and any colours and materials you want to incorporate
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Depending on the type of union or marriage, you may require tailored suits. If suits are needed, you will need to consider the style of suit you would like, any materials and any colours you want to incorporate
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Once the union or marriage is official, you will likely want to show your commitment through wearing a wedding ring. Before purchasing a wedding ring, you will need to establish your ring size and consider the type of ring and jewels that you may wish to add to the ring.
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On wedding or union will be complete without presents. Whether you want to register gift lists for your guests to choose from or the gifts, you buy for your best man, maid of honour etc.
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Stag / Hen Events
Traditionally, before the big day, the groom(s) and/or bride(s) will go out with their friends and family to celebrate their pending union or marriage. For the stag or hen events, consider what type of event you want, the number of people that will be attending and try to invite people ahead of the planned day
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After the big day, you will likely want to celebrate your marriage or union by taking a honeymoon. Consider where you want to go, how long you want to spend on vacation and any activities you might want to do while on honeymoon
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If you are planning to get married or forming a union, on behalf of Gayther, we would like to wish you the best of luck for your special day
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