Wedding planning checklist

So much to do; so little time! Use our month-by-month wedding planning checklist to help you plan what to do and when, from 18 months beforehand to right up to your wedding day.

Up to 18 months

15 months

Say yes
Call your loved ones
Post your engagement to social media
Decide a date for your engagement party
Book your engagement party venue
Throw a few wedding day ideas around with your fiancé
Create a shared document and start writing your ideas down
Create a secret wedding Pinterest board (if you haven’t already)
Set a budget
Set aside some money each month for your wedding fund
Choose your ideal date and time
Create a tentative guest list so you get a good idea of numbers
Decide on your wedding party (bridesmaids, ushers etc.) and ask them
Discuss venue ideas
Research venues
Create a venue shortlist
Decide whether you can be flexible on the date or if not…
Call the venues on your shortlist and check the date you want is available
Book venue showrounds
Arrange the wedding licence with the registrar
Book the registrar and the ceremony time
Choose and book your venue
Arrange marquee if required
Investigate catering options
Book wedding dress appointments
Start looking for and trying on wedding dresses
It's Official - We're Engaged Save the Date

12 months

9 months

Order your wedding dress
Choose lingerie
Choose jewellery and hair accessories
Take your mum shopping for her outfit
Choose and book your photographer
Choose and book your videographer
Book your DJ
Book your band
Book musicians for ceremony
Book a caterer
Have your engagement party
Send out ‘save the dates’ if you’re getting married abroad
Choose your colour scheme
Choose your flowers and book a florist
Choose your wedding cake
Order or make your stationery
Book your honeymoon
Book the time off work
Start your fitness regime

6 months

3 months

Send out ‘save the dates’ if you’re getting married at home
Go shopping for bridesmaid dresses
Go for your first wedding dress fitting
Decide on music for your ceremony
Create a music play list
Create a gift list for your guests
Create a wedding invitation website
Set up a wedding hashtag
Send out your invitations if you’re getting married abroad
Choose the wedding rings
Order or make your favours
Order or make your decorations
Choose and book a photo booth or other alternative entertainment
Book transport
Wedding Plans Meiorigami - Wedding Date Keepsake

2 months

1 month

Send our your invitations if you’re getting married at home
Create your table plan
Finalise favours, place cards and other stationery
Go for a tasting at your venue
Finalise the menu
Buy gifts for your parents and bridal party
Agree the order of service with your officiator
Let the hen and stag do madness commence
Go for your final dress fitting (take shoes)
Give copies of your supplier contracts to your venue
Write speeches
Have a hair and make up trial
Ensure all outstanding balances are paid in full

2 weeks

The week before

Call your registrar to confirm timings
Have a final consultation with your photographer and videographer
Make sure your bridesmaids and groomsmen know what’s what
Write your vows
Pack for your honeymoon
Get the beauty works (nails, hair, tan, spa)
Confirm timings and final numbers with your venue and caterer

The day before

The day

Visit your venue and decorate (if you can)
Pre-bedtime massage to help you relax
Last single drinks with friends
You’ve done everything you can…relax!
Walk down the aisle
Say I do
Wedding Pedicure Bride Signing Marriage Certificate

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