Firstly, we recommend you to define the following 4 cornerstones of your wedding together regardless of the wedding date:
Think about a marriage contract
Select a date
Consider public holidays and holiday seasons
Swiss citizens require a residence permit (residents' registration office of the municipality of residence) and a civil status certificate (civil registry office of the home municipality) Documents must not be older than 6 months.
Agree on your future name and discuss it with the civil registrar during your interview (see three months before)
Think about who the best man should be. Make your wishes known to the best man and provide a budget.
The best man can be very helpful in planning the wedding and can take the pressure off you, providing that they set the scene and a precise time schedule.
Create a guest list
Compile a guest list
Create a plan covering general costs
Select wedding wear for the bride and groom. Renting is not always cheaper!
Take advantage of your contacts and experience of wedding service organisations. A consultation hour or mediation costs less than one percent of your wedding budget.
Explain your budget and wishes to the caterer. Only make a final decision two to three months in advance. First you need to know what your wedding menu should look like.
Decide for a car, coach, excursion boat, or car.
Obtain quotations from printers for invitation, place, and menu cards.
Determine the destination of the honeymoon, check passports (get a visa if necessary), and think about necessary vaccinations. All papers should have the same names (passport, credit cards). Apply for leave from work for the trip.
Select photographers and/or videographers and set the date.
Engage a singer, musician, or DJ
Discuss the desired date for a church wedding with the priest
Wedding guests and invitation cards
Send wedding announcements including invitation cards and registration form. For distinguished guests please enclose a map of the church and restaurant. Apéro guests should also register. It has a positive effect on your budget.
Send overnight accommodation information to distinguished guests.
The guest is responsible for booking and payment of the hotel.
Possibly choose a hotel room for the wedding night.
Think about the gifts that will be on your wish list and look for an appropriate retailer
Possibly register for dance classes for bridal couples or for private lessons at a dance class
Clothes for the registry office
Obtain your clothes for a civil wedding
Discuss your chosen event with a wedding service organisation
Contact a professional fireworks supplier. The necessary permission is usually obtained from the fireworks supplier.
Discuss your wedding date with the registrar. The date can be arranged three months in advance at the earliest. The wedding ceremony can only take place at the official wedding location.
Discuss the final date of the wedding with the priest
Discuss the order of the ceremony, the music, your vows, the wedding ceremony, the exchange of rings and kiss in detail.
Maid of honour
Choose the clothes together. The colour white is intended for women.
Choose flower children and practice the process in the church with the children
Try on the wedding dress and suit. If necessary, have alterations made.
Order of the ceremony
A rough programme for the wedding ceremony must be set out in writing. Contact a wedding planner service.
Arrange a first preliminary meeting about your wedding hairstyle at the hairdresser’s and fix further appointments.
Discuss make-up with a professional. The cosmetician is responsible for skin care and ensures that your make-up is appropriate for your skin type.
Choose your wedding rings, order them in the right size and have them engraved.
Stag party/hen night
Plan your stag night/hen night and create a guest list
Have insurance policies checked; for example life, insurance, household contents, accident, legal protection, liability..
Possibly order thank you gifts for guests
Order bridal bouquet and flower decorations for car, church, celebration in the restaurant and for the flower children (Don't forget the corsage flowers for the guests!)
Order cake for the wedding
Update Guest List
Update Guest List
Apéro for registry office
Organise aperitifs according to the registry office
In the restaurant/ at the location of your choice
Stag party/hen night
Invite friends and neighbours informally, for example by telephone, to the stag night/hen party
Master of ceremonies
Appoint a Master of Ceremonies to oversee the conduct of the ceremony.
Organisation at the reception
Set tasks for volunteers. Leave this task to the best man if necessary
Determine the seating arrangement for your reception, draw a seating plan and present it to the restaurant so that it can be appropriately set. Remember that you are the host.
Write a short greeting and thank you
Break in your new shoes for the wedding day
Check the wedding dresses again and all accessories. Add missing items.
Photos & video
Discuss the shots with the photographer or videographer. Where should be photographed and filmed? Create ‘script’.
Confirm your appointment with the hairdresser. Have your hair cut or dyed one week before the wedding date. Also applies to the man. Applies to the bridegroom, too.
Pay a little attention to the kids. A children's table and the possibility to choose a children's menu in the kitchen makes the wedding celebration a special experience for a child.
Draw up a detailed schedule and send it to all parties involved (priest, restaurateur, entertainer, best man, etc.). If necessary, go through the festive schedule with the participants point for point.
Restaurant/ catering service
Inform the cook or the caterer about the final number of guests and any special dietary requirements.
Last preparations for the journey: Exchange money, buy travel guides, and holiday reading material, complete holiday wear
Pick up the wedding rings, check engraving and size
Make a guest list so that all gifts can be noted.
Make sure that surprise guests at a civil wedding ceremony and in church can enjoy a glass of aperitif. There should be only a few surprise guests, as all guests have to register with the bridal couple or the best man.
Organise someone to take care of the gifts that are given to the bridal couple at the ceremony. Provide adhesive labels and pens so that the gifts can be labelled.
Write names on the envelopes with tips and hand them over to the best man
Artists’ fees are paid in cash on the wedding day.
Check the weather forecast
Enjoying togetherness in peace
Schedule the civil wedding one week in advance so that you can celebrate in peace!
Check last seating arrangement
Have breakfast in peace
Have all documents ready. There will be no church wedding without a marriage certificate!
Have important telephone numbers with you
Have the wedding rings at hand
Hairdo and make-up
Last visit to the hairdresser and make-up artist
have someone pick you up
Take your time when dressing
Leave in time for the wedding ceremony. Punctuality is the politeness of kings.