Wedding Planning Checklist

So you’ve said yes, the ring is on your finger, so now what? Where to begin….?  

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. This step by step guide breaks the to do list into manageable chunks. Remember, this is not an exhaustive list – you do not have to do everything on the list, they are merely suggestions, some steeped in tradition. Do tailor the list according to what you both want for your fabulous wedding.

12 months plus

  • Set your budget
  • Set the date and discuss the kind of day you both want
  • Choose and book your venue/venues
  • Decide if you are planning your own wedding or hiring a wedding planner
  • Arrange wedding Insurance
  • Compile your guest list
  • Post ‘save the date’ cards to your guests
  • Appoint best man, bridesmaids and ushers
  • Book caterers
  • Order your wedding cake
  • Arrange the florist
  • Book entertainers, DJ and Musicians
  • Consider and arrange Venue dressers and entertainment
  • Book your toastmaster
  • Book your photographer and videographer
  • Book hair and makeup
  • Decide the destination of you honeymoon and book
  • Arrange to go a try on some wedding dresses

6 months to go…

  • Hire or buy suits for Groom, Best Man and Ushers
  • Buy bridesmaid dresses
  • Buy outfits for page boys and flower girls
  • Buy wedding shoes and accessories
  • Order your wedding invites

3 months to go…

  • Arrange your gift list
  • Send the wedding invitations
  • Plan stag/hen parties
  • Pick readings and wedding music
  • Buy your wedding rings
  • Buy gifts for parents, bridesmaids, best man and ushers
  • Have a dress fitting and get the dress altered

1 month to go…

  • Final fitting of your wedding dress
  • Meet with your wedding suppliers at the venue
  • Chase any guests that have not replied to the invite
  • Finalise your seating plan
  • Write speech and wedding vows
  • Arrange the wedding rehearsal

1 Week to go

  • Find your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue
  • Wear in your wedding shoes
  • Pack for your honeymoon
  • Collect any hired suites
  • Have your wedding rehearsal

The day before

  • Get your nails and beauty treatments done
  • Relax and get an early night

Wedding Day

Savour every moment, it will go so quickly …oh and live happy ever after! Do check out our list of recommended suppliers here*