wedding planning wedding to-do list

To-do list

15 Jan 2014

Use a wedding calendar checklist for the countdown to your big day

Following a timeline and using a wedding calendar is a simple way to take the stress out of your wedding. Read through our wedding checklist below to make sure you’ve got everything covered

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Things to do as soon as you become engaged

  • Share your good news with close family and friends
  • If both sets of parents are yet to meet, arrange a get together
  • Set a wedding budget
  • Decide what tasks need completing and who is responsible for what
  • Arrange a first meeting with your minister or priest to set a date for your wedding
  • If you are having a civil ceremony, then book the registry office or civil venue
  • Send ‘Save the date’ notifications with venue details to abroad or out of town guests
  • Make appointments with bridal boutiques
  • Choose your witnesses, bridesmaids and groomsmen.

12 months before the big day

  • Announce your engagement to your wider circle of friends and family
  • Optional: have an engagement party
  • Think about the size of of wedding you'd like and draft a guest list 
  • Start looking at venues
  • Think about wedding styles and colours
  • Select your bridal party and groomsmen
  • Send out save the date cards or emails to guests

10 months before the big day

  • Choose your venue
  • Book your registrar or cleric
  • Book your chosen venue(s) and pay deposits
  • Purchase wedding insurance
  • Consider hiring a wedding planner
  • Set up a Personal Website to keep your friends up to date about your wedding
  • Book photographer (and videographer)

8 months before the big day

  • Order your wedding dress and accessories
  • Book a wedding caterer, florist, transport, cakemaker and honeymoon
  • Contact rental companies if you need them to hire furniture or linen

6 months before the big day

  • Book accommodation for your wedding night and any rooms needed for out of town guests
  • Buy wedding favours
  • Set up a gift list
  • Order stationery, groom's clothing and rings
  • Give notice of marriage/or arrange for your banns to be read in church and pay any necessary fees
  • Renew or get passports, if you're going on a honeymoon

4 months before the big day

  • Buy going away outfits if you're having any
  • Buy gifts for each other, your parents and anyone else in the wedding party you'd like to treat
  • Purchase or make your decorations

3 months before the big day

  • Arrange for your initial wedding dress fitting
  • Create a 'shot list' of the must-take photographs and discuss with your photographer
  • Plan the wedding menu with your caterer
  • Post your wedding invitations
  • Select hymns and decide on order of service or choose suitable wedding music and/or readings

2 months before the big day

  • Write your wedding vows (if you are writing your own)

1 month before the big day

  • Arrange for someone to take care or your plants, pets or children while on honeymoon
  • Have your final gown fitting and arrange to pick up your wedding dress
  • Check with your suppliers that they know what they're delivering, where they're delivering it to and when it should arrive
  • Write and print an order of service
  • Write thank you cards as your receive wedding gifts
  • Buy a guest book and decide where it will go or look at these alternative ideas
  • Finalise seating plan and write place cards
  • Confirm head count with caterer
  • Wear your wedding shoes on carpets round the house
  • Give your DJ or wedding musician your song list

2 days before

  • Check everyone in the wedding party knows what responsibilities they have (e.g. greeting and seating guests, checking suppliers)
  • Confirm wedding day transport
  • Indulge in a manicure and pedicure
  • Make sure all wedding day items are packed or laid out

On the day

  • Allow plenty of time to get ready
  • Enjoy yourself and relax

After the wedding/honeymoon

  • Send thank you cards
  • Have your wedding dress cleaned and preserved
  • Keep in touch with your photographer and/or videographer as they work on your photographs, album and/or DVD
  • Arrange to change the surname on your driving licence, with your bank and so on, if necessary

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