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wedding checklist with timescales

It is highly recommended to follow a wedding checklist with timescales so you can tick off tasks and enjoy preparing for your big day. Below is a 12-month checklist for you to copy and use freely.

Wedding checklist: Months 12 to 11

  • Notify your local council of your intention to get married
  • Create a wedding guest list (number of guests is crucial for venue booking)
  • Define your wedding venue wants, search and book
  • Secure your wedding date
  • Decide on a catering option and book external caters if needed

  • 10 months until your wedding

  • Book wedding reception entertainment
  • Research and book photographers
  • Choose and ask your groomsmen (users) and bridesmaids
  • Start the wedding dress and wedding suit search
  • Book your makeup artist and hairdressers
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    9 months until your wedding

  • Block-book wedding guest accommodation at a nearby hotel (if there is none at your venue)
  • Create a wedding guest list tracker and request addresses
  • Create save the dates and post
  • Book bridal transport

  • 7 - 8 months until your wedding
  • Select a cake maker and book in a tasting
  • Select bridesmaids dresses
  • Groomsmen suits (tuxedos) hire sourced and sizing requested
  • Confirm night before hotel/accommodation plan for the bridal party and close family
  • Agree on menu items with venue or external caterer
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    6 months until your wedding
  • Create a wedding invitation and send out
  • Select a talented florist

  • 5 months until your wedding
  • Collate wedding guest responses and field any additional queries
  • Select bridal accessories; veil, shoes and jewellery
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    3- 4 months until your wedding
  • Create a seating plan
  • Send menu and seating plan to venue and external caterers
  • Create place cards and any other stationery items for the day
  • Source or create wedding favours
  • Start wedding dress fittings

  • 2 months until your wedding
  • Select ceremony specific details; music, readings and readers, witnesses and vowels
  • Make reception playlist and email DJ or Band if needed
  • Buy gifts for the wedding party (Groomsmen, Bridesmaids and future parents in law)
  • Recommended time for Stag and Hen do

  • wedding checklist: 1 month to go until your wedding
  • Check in with all suppliers and make payments as required. Also, confirm details for the day and delivery of items and set up
  • Final dress fitting and check all bridal accessories are complete
  • Field any last minute queries from guests
  • Underwear shopping for the wedding night

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    1 week until your wedding
  • Pick up wedding dress
  • Check the bridal party have a clear plan for the day including any additional jobs

  • 2 days until your wedding
  • Manicure/pedicure if required
  • Shave for groom
  • Last hair wash for the bride
  • Pack items for overnight

  • 1 day until your wedding
  • Pick up fresh flowers if needed for confetti
  • Meet bridal party for the night before plan
  • Relax and sleep early
  • Prepare a good breakfast

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  • Relax and enjoy being pampered
  • Pass your phone to someone trusted to screen questions
  • Meet with the register

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