The ultimate wedding planning checklist

It’s no secret that planning a wedding can be incredibly stressful, so we’ve put together the ultimate wedding planning checklist based on a 12-24 month timeline to help you stay organised.

For starters

12-24 months to go

  • Enjoy your engagement

  • Decide on a budget & style

  • Decide on your ideal season & date

  • Create your guest list

  • Pick & book a venue

  • Book a marquee or any venue extras

  • Remember to get wedding insurance

  • Pop the question to your wedding party – maid of honour, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen

Booking up

9–12 months to go

  • Design & send ‘Save the Date’ cards

  • Choose your wedding pros – photographer, videographer, musicians for the ceremony

  • Choose & book transport for the wedding

  • Research & book entertainment for the day, e.g. photo booth, cocktail bar

  • Book your band or DJ for the evening

  • Research & book your honeymoon

  • Decide & book your catering, do you need additional food options for the evening?

  • Create an online gifts list

  • Start thinking about your dream dress

  • Decide on suitable dates for the stag & hen celebrations & let your attendees know


Dress to impress

6–9 months to go

  • Research & plan your overall wedding décor and style

  • Shop for your dream wedding dress

  • Add shoes & underwear to go with it

  • Buy a veil & beautiful accessories

  • Choose & buy groom, best man & groomsmen suits that match your theme

  • Choose & buy wedding rings together

  • Buy your bridesmaids dresses

  • Book hair & makeup stylists for the day

Get creative

3-6 months to go

  • Design & order your invitations and other stationary for the day

  • Send out the invitations to guests

  • Choose a cake designer & order your cake

  • Order your venue decorations

  • Book a florist & plan your bouquet designs and floral décor

  • Book accommodation for the wedding night

  • Agree the order of service with a vicar/registrar including readings and hymns

  • Write your own vows if you’re planning to

  • Choose your food & drink options for the menu – is it relaxed or more formal?


The icing on the cake

1–3 months to go

  • Finalise the table plan

  • Choose gifts for the wedding party – e.g. parents, bridesmaids

  • Buy party favours, table props & confetti

  • Trial run of hair & makeup

  • Write the speeches

  • Final dress fitting & alterations

  • Enjoy your hen & stag celebrations

  • Confirm details of flowers, transport, music & any other suppliers

  • Finalise your schedule & timings for the day

Almost there

The week before

  • Pamper yourself – get a manicure & pedicure

  • Collect any hired occasion wear

  • Make sure other outfits are ready for the day

  • Rehearsal for a church wedding

  • Brief the best man, bridesmaids & ushers

  • Pack your weekend bag

  • Enjoy some valued time together

  • Prepare a wedding day emergency kit


The big day

  • Eat a big breakfast & enjoy getting ready with your friends and family

  • Allow plenty of time – don’t be late to the ceremony

  • Give the wedding rings to the best man

  • Relax & enjoy every second of your special day