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

  • Book a Venue for your wedding
  • Set up a Personal Website to keep your friends up to date about your wedding
  • Finalise Guest List
  • Send out Save the date cards or emails
  • Hire a wedding planner

9 months before the big day

  • Book a photographer
  • Arrange to visit caterer
  • Arrange to visit a Florist
  • Choose Dress
  • Book honeymoon
  • Book caterer

6 months before the big day

  • Book a florist
  • Choose a hairstylist
  • Choose a make-up artist
  • Remind out of town guests to book accommodation
  • Choose your gift list
  • Go for a 2nd dress fitting
  • Choose wedding rings
  • Order wedding cake
  • Choose bridesmaids dresses
  • Book transport for the day

3 months before the big day

  • Discuss the services and banns with your minister
  • Select Hymns and Order of Service / Choose readings if desired.
  • Ensure passports are valid for your honeymoon
  • Arrange for a tasting of the food to be served
  • Discuss service details with ceremony officials
  • Send out wedding invitations

2 months before the big day

  • Meet photographer to decide on what types of photos you want (a storyboard) and to advise of the key people at the wedding.
  • You should meet at the venue if you can.
  • Draw up a wedding day timetable
  • Book a make-up trial session
  • Book a hair session and be sure to take any veils/headpieces you will wear
  • Organise Hen Do
  • Organise Stag Do
  • Buy gifts for bridesmaids / parents of the bride and groom
  • Contact photographer to re-confirm booking
  • Contact hair stylist and make-up artist to re-confirm booking
  • Contact your florist to re-confirm booking
  • Contact your caterer to re-confirm booking

1 month before the big day

  • Go for final dress fitting
  • Ensure you have paid all of your suppliers
  • Give notice of marriage to your local register office (unless you are marrying in the Church of England/Church of Wales)
  • Confirm honeymoon bookings
  • Ensure that you get your Engagement ring cleaned

2 weeks before

  • Sort out local currency for your honeymoon
  • Wear in your new wedding shoes
  • Pick up wedding rings

1 week before

  • Reconfirm details with your venue (dates, times, location, contact numbers)
  • Finalise seating plan
  • Write place cards
  • Reconfirm details with photographer (dates, times, location, contact numbers)
  • Organise for note or gift to be delivered to your partner on the wedding day
  • Pack for your honeymoon and ensure you leave all details with a friend in case of an emergency
  • Reconfirm details with hairstylist & make-up artist (dates, times, location, contact numbers)
  • Ensure your waxing/tanning is completed
  • Have your teeth whitened
  • Reconfirm details with photographer (dates, times, location, contact numbers)
  • Pick up wedding dress
  • Reconfirm details with photographer (dates, times, location, contact numbers) + advise on final numbers, and any special dietary requirements
  • Arrange to have your wedding cake delivered to your venue
  • Make up the favours for your wedding day

1 day before

  • Help decorate the venue
  • Ensure your nails are manicured
  • Run through the order of the day with the bridal party to ensure everyone knows what their roles and responsibilities are
  • Get an early night

On the day

Stay calm and enjoy yourself!

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