Wedding Checklist.

Help Planning Your Perfect Wedding Day.

Wedding to-do list.

Every wedding is different and unique, use this helpful wedding checklist as a guide to help you plan your perfect wedding day. You can download a PDF version of this by clicking here

wedding checklist

Wedding to do list.

As soon as possible

 – Start a wedding folder
 – Make a list of what is important to you for a wedding this will help with your budget
 – Discuss the wedding budget and who will pay for what
 – Decide on a wedding date and start looking at venues
 – Find a wedding officiant (the person who will marry you) and apply for the necessary licence’s


9 To 12 months before the wedding begins your search for vendors:

 – Bridal Gown
 – Formal Suit Hire
 – Photographer
 – Videographer
 – Disco, Entertainers or bands
 – Caterer
 – Florist
 – Wedding Transport
 – Hair and Beauty Stylist
 – Bridesmaid Dresses
 – Wedding Cake
 – Shoes and Accessories
 – Venue Decoration/Chair Covers

*If the vendor is available on your chosen date to book them! Most wedding vendors take bookings more than 12 months before the wedding date. This is especially important if you plan to be married in summer.

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6 To 8 Months Before the wedding

 – Compile a preliminary guest list
 – Visit wedding fayres/look through bridal magazines, search the internet to gain ideas and inspiration for your big day
 – Finalise your wedding colours, theme and style
 – Choose your bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, flower girl and ring bearer and ensure of their duties are
 – Choose and purchase your wedding rings
 – Begin looking at honeymoon options and discuss where you both would like to go
 – Start planning ceremony and reception music choices
 – Arrange an engagement shoot with your photographer, select an image from the session for your “save the day’ cards or a “signature frame” for your wedding day
 – Start looking at invitation designs
 – If you haven’t already, purchase your wedding gown, veil and accessories
 – Finalise and order/purchase attire for your attendants
 – Sign up for your gift registry/honeymoon donation


4 To 5 Months Before the Wedding

 – Contact your florist and finalise your arrangements
 – Order Wedding stationery(invitations, envelopes, order of service etc)
 – Book your wedding transport
 – Arrange accommodation for out of town guests (book blocks of hotel rooms for a better price)
 – Choose your wedding cake
 – Decide on your wedding decorations including favours
 – Finalise your guest list


3 Months Before The Wedding

 – Send out your invitations
 – Order your wedding cake
 – Meet with your wedding officiant to discuss details of the ceremony
 – Pick your wedding Lingerie
 – Choose gifts for your attendants and parents
 – Groom and male members of the wedding party to arrange for a suit fitting
 – Confirm honeymoon arrangements
 – Start writing your wedding vows, if you are doing them yourself


2 Months Before The Wedding

 – Meet with vendors to finalise arrangements
 – Schedule a hair and makeup trial with a consultant
 – Start making/buying wedding favours
 – Finalise music selections for the ceremony and reception
 – If changing your name, complete the proper documents
 – Meet with officiant to finalise ceremony details
 – Reserve room for wedding night if not already done so


1 Month Before the Wedding

 – Start working on your seating plan
 – Decide and confirm your wedding vows and ensure your officiant has been sent copies
 – Meet with your photographer and provide a list of required shots
 – Confirm all final payment amounts with your vendors as well as dates, times etc
 – Collect marriage licence
 – Confirm Honeymoon reservations
 – Arrange for a final wedding dress fitting


2 Weeks Before the Wedding

 – Finalise Seating chart
 – Confirm delivery time and locations with florist
 – Contact any guests you have not sent RSVP


1 Week Before the Wedding

 – Collect wedding gown, bridesmaid, flower girl dresses and accessories
 – Give final guest numbers to venue/receptions/caterer
 – Make sure the men have their final suit fitting
 – Reconfirm everything with vendors one last time
 – Attend rehearsal (if you are having one)
 – Confirm wedding day transportation
 – Reconfirm hair and make appointments for the wedding day
 – Confirm all duties required with the wedding party


1 Day Before

 – Have a manicure/pedicure
 – Have a pamperer day with the girls
 – Try to get an early night and relax!


Your Wedding Day

 – Eat a good breakfast, even if you think you’re not hungry
 – Have your hair and makeup done
 – Begin dressing two hours before ceremony is scheduled to begin
 – Take a deep breath, relax and most importantly enjoy your big day!


Post Wedding Day

 – Arrange for suits that have been hired for the day are returned. (Perhaps delegate this task to the best man or a member of the wedding party)
 – Ensure the venue is aware of any table decorations or chair covers that have been hired for the wedding from florists or venue decoration companies are stored safely for collection to ensure any refundable deposits are returned.
 – View your wedding photographs and album draft
 – Ensure thank you notes for any gifts or donations are sent out no later than 3 months after your wedding date

I hope you found our wedding checklist useful, if you did please like and share it below, it will help others to find it.

Have we missed something on our wedding to do list? Please feel free to add your comments below, we love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

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25 thoughts on “Wedding Checklist.”

  1. 14 to 12 Months Before

    Collect design inspiration.
    Scroll through Instagram, leaf through bridal magazines, and browse your favourite lifestyle and fashion sites for inspiration. Take a good look around your home and closet, too—you’ll never know where you’ll find unexpected design ideas.

    Work out your budget.
    Determine how much money you have to spend on your ceremony and reception, based on your families’ contributions and your own.

    Pick who will be in your wedding party.
    As soon as you’re engaged, people will start wondering who’s in.

    Consider your guest list.
    Make a head count spreadsheet to use throughout your planning process, with columns for contact info, addresses, RSVPs, gifts, and any other relevant info. (Planning a party on a budget? It may be brutal, but the best way to cut costs is to reduce your guest list.)

    Hire a planner, if necessary.
    A good planner will always have relationships with top-rated vendors.

    Book your venue and lock down your wedding date.
    Decide whether to have separate locations for the ceremony and the reception, factoring in travel time between the two venues.

    Hire a photographer, videographer, florist, caterer, band, and other must-have wedding vendors.
    Keep in mind that the best event pros tend to book up over a year in advance.
    Nine Months Before

    Book any remaining entertainment.
    Attend gigs of potential acts to see how they perform in front of audiences, then reserve your favourite.

    Determine your dinner and drinks menu.
    If your wedding venue doesn’t offer its own catering service, look for one now and hire the service this month or early next.

    Purchase a dress, suit, jumpsuit, or your wedding outfit of choice.
    You’ll need to schedule time for at least three fittings. Veil shopping can be postponed for another two to three months.

    Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.
    Pick three hotels at different price points close to the reception venue.

    Register for gifts.
    Sign up at a minimum of three retailers across a range of budgets.

    Create a wedding website.
    Create a personal page where you’ll tout the date of the nuptials, travel information, accommodations, and registry info.
    Seven to Six Months Before

    Select and purchase invitations.
    Hire a calligrapher, if desired. Addressing cards is time-consuming, so you need to budget accordingly.

    Start planning your honeymoon.
    Make sure that your passports are up to date, and schedule doctors’ appointments for any shots you may need.

    Shop for bridesmaids’ dresses.
    Allow at least six months for the dresses to be ordered and sized.

    Meet with the officiant.
    Map out the ceremony and confirm that you have all the official documents for the wedding (these vary by county and religion).

    Send out save-the-dates.

    Reserve structural and electrical necessities.
    Book portable toilets for outdoor events, extra chairs if you need them, lighting components, and so on.

    Arrange transportation.
    Consider limos, minibuses, trolleys, and town cars.

    Compose a day-of timeline.
    Draw up a schedule of the event and slot in each component (the cake-cutting, the first dance). If you have a planner, he/she/they will assist with this.
    Five to Four Months Before

    Book the rehearsal-dinner venue.
    Negotiate the cost and the menu. If you’re planning to host a day-after brunch for guests, book that place as well.

    Check on the wedding invitations.
    Ask the stationer and calligrapher for samples of the finished invitations and revise them to suit your needs.

    Taste and order the wedding cake.
    Some in-demand bakers require a longer lead time. Attend several tastings before committing to anyone dessert pro.

    Send your guest list to the host of your shower.
    Provided you, ahem, know about the shower.

    Purchase wedding shoes and start outfit fittings.
    Bring the shoes along to your first fitting so the tailor can choose the appropriate length for your look.

    Schedule hair and makeup artists.
    Make a few appointments with local experts to try them out. Snap a photo at each so you can compare results.

    Set your music playlist.
    What should be playing when the wedding party is announced? During dinner? To kick off the dancing? Keep a running list of what you do and don’t want played.
    Three Months Before

    Finalize the menu and flowers.
    You’ll want to wait until now to see what will be available since food and flowers are affected by season.

    Order favours if that’s your thing.
    Some crowd-pleasing ideas: monogrammed cookies or a treat that represents your city or region. If you’re planning to have welcome baskets for out-of-town guests, plan those now too.

    Make a list of the people giving toasts.
    Which loved ones would you like to have spoken at the reception? Ask them now.

    Finalize the readings.
    Determine what you would like to have read at the ceremony—and whom you wish to do the readings.

    Purchase your undergarments.
    And schedule your second fitting.

    Finalize the order of the ceremony and the reception.

    Print menu cards as well as programs.
    No need to go to a professional printer, if that’s not in your budget: You can easily create these at home.

    Purchase the rings.
    This will give you time for resizing and engraving.

    Send your event schedule to every vendor.
    Giving them a first draft now allows ample time for tweaks and feedback.
    Two Months Before

    Touch base again with all the hired pros.
    Make sure any questions you or they had on your first draft have been answered.

    Meet with the photographer.
    Discuss specific shots, and walk through the locations to note spots that appeal to you.

    Review the playlist with the band or DJ.
    Though you probably won’t be able to dictate every single song played, you should come prepared with a wish list.

    Send out the invitations.
    The rule of thumb: Mail invitations six to eight weeks before the ceremony, setting the RSVP cutoff at three weeks after the postmark date.

    Enjoy a bachelor/bachelorette party.
    Arranging a night out with your girlfriends generally falls to the maid of honour. But if she hasn’t mentioned one to you by now, feel free to ask—for scheduling purposes, of course!—if a celebration is in the works.
    One Month Before

    Enter RSVPs into your trusted guest-list spreadsheet.
    Contact people who have not yet responded.

    Get your marriage license.
    The process can take up to six days, but it’s good to give yourself some leeway. If you are changing your name, order several copies.

    Mail the rehearsal-dinner invitations.

    Visit the tailor for your last outfit fitting.
    For peace of mind, you may want to schedule a fitting the week of your wedding. You can always cancel the appointment if you try on the dress then and it fits perfectly.

    Stock the bar.
    Now that you have a firm headcount you can order accordingly.

    Send out as many final payments to pros as you can.

    Confirm times for hair and makeup and all vendors.

    Assign seating.
    Draw out table shapes on a layout of the room to help plan place settings. Write the names of female guests on pink sticky notes and the names of male guests on blue sticky notes so you can move people about without resketching the entire setting.

    Purchase thank-you gifts for family and the wedding party.
    You’ll present them at the rehearsal dinner.

    Write your vows, if necessary.

    Get your hair cut and coloured, if desired.
    Week of the Wedding

    Reconfirm arrival times with vendors.

    Delegate small wedding-day tasks.
    Choose someone to bustle your dress, someone to carry your things, someone to be in charge of gifts (especially the enveloped sort), someone to hand out tips, and someone to be the point person for each vendor.

    Send a timeline to the wedding party.
    Include every member’s contact information, along with the point people you’ve asked to deal with the vendors if problems arise.

    Pick up your dress or suit.
    Or make arrangements for delivery.

    Check-in one last time with the photographer.
    Supply them with a list of moments you want capturing on film.

    Set aside checks for the vendors.
    And put tips in envelopes to be handed out at the event.

    Book a spa treatment.
    Make an appointment for a manicure and a pedicure the day before the “I dos.” (Consider a stress-relieving massage, too.)

    Send the final guest list to the caterer and all venues hosting your wedding-related events.

    Break-in your shoes.

    Assemble and distribute the welcome baskets.

    Pack for your honeymoon.

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  8. Wedding Planning Checklist

    Your Wedding Planning Checklist

    This handy tool allows you to tick off all the wedding tasks on your to-do list and make sure all the planning is on schedule in the lead up to your big day. Or alternatively manage your day with our free printable wedding planning checklist and tick off your wedding jobs using good old pen and paper.

    12-18 months:
    Set your budget
    Choose and book your venue
    Set your date!
    Put together your guest list
    Decide on a church or civil ceremony
    Book your church or registrar
    Arrange a marquee if you need one
    Take out wedding insurance
    9-12 months:
    Choose bridesmaids, best man and ushers
    Send out your Save the Date cards
    Choose and book your photographer and videographer
    Get your transport sorted
    Book your DJ and/or band
    Book your caterers and decide on your menu
    Start looking at wedding dresses and work out what you like
    6-9 months:
    Book extra entertainment such as a magician or fireworks
    Choose and book your florist
    Choose and book your cakemaker
    Start shopping for your wedding dress and get it ordered!
    Buy your shoes, underwear and accessories
    Order or start making your wedding favours
    Book hair and make-up
    3-6 months:
    Choose bridesmaids dresses
    Get your groomswear sorted
    Buy your wedding rings
    Book your honeymoon
    Book your wedding night accommodation
    Choose readings, poems and hymns
    Agree your order of service with your vicar or registrar
    Set up your gift list
    Start writing your vows
    0-3 months:
    Send out invitations
    Have your dress fittings
    Start wearing in your shoes at home
    Buy gifts for your bridal party
    Write speeches and thank yous
    Trim your hair (nothing drastic!) and have a hair trial
    Trial run of bridal make-up
    Final week:
    Confirm numbers with venue and caterers
    Brief your bridesmaids, ushers and best man on your plans and give them emergency numbers
    Confirm all your timings with suppliers!
    Pay final balances
    Collect groomswear if you’ve hired it (don’t forget to arrange someone to return hired items too!)
    Collect your wedding dress from your boutique
    Have a manicure and pedicure
    Get some beauty sleep!

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