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Wedding planning guide

Venue - Suppliers - The dress - Bridal party - Stationery - Final touches

Wedding checklist with timescales

Skip the potential boredom of creating your own to-do list by copying the below complete wedding checklist and focus on the fun of planning your big day.

Wedding checklist: 11 to 12 months until your wedding

  • Notify your local council of your intention to get married (to make sure it will be legal)
  • Create a wedding guest list (number of guests is crucial for venue booking)
  • Define your wedding venue wants then search and book
  • Secure your wedding date
  • Decide on a catering option and book external caterers if needed

10 months until your wedding

  • Book wedding reception entertainment
  • Research and book photographers
  • Choose your groomsmen (ushers) and bridesmaids
  • Start the wedding dress and wedding suit search
  • Book your makeup artist and hairdressers
wedding checklist

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 send them out
  • Book bridal transport (and guest transport if needed)

7 - 8 months until your wedding
  • Select a cake maker and book in a tasting
  • Select bridesmaid dresses
  • Find a suit hire company for your groomsmen (ushers)
  • Confirm the 'night before your wedding' accommodation plan with your bridal party and close family
  • Agree on menu items with your venue or external caterers
wedding checklist with timescales
6 months until your wedding
  • Create the wedding invitations and send these out
  • Book a wedding florist to make your bouquets, buttonholes and ceremony decorations.

5 months until your wedding
  • Collate wedding guest responses and answer any guest queries
  • Select bridal accessories; veil, shoes and jewellery
wedding checklist with timescales
3- 4 months until your wedding
  • Create a wedding 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. Confirm details for the day including; delivery of items and set up
  • Final dress fitting and check all bridal accessories are complete
  • Underwear shopping for the wedding night
wedding checklist
1 week until your wedding
  • Pick up your wedding dress
  • Check the bridal party have a clear running order of the day

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

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

Wedding checklist for your big day
  • Relax and enjoy being pampered
  • Make sure to eat well (you may miss a lot of the food at your wedding)
  • Pass your phone to someone trusted to answer any texts from friends/family
  • Meet with the register and walk down the aisle

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