Congratulations on your engagement – now it’s time for the fun bit! Yes, we said fun not stressful, because with our wedding checklist there’s no need to worry about missing a trick.
Planning your wedding should be enjoyable, so we’ve pulled together a simple way to organise your time and your wedding planning in order to maximise the fun and reduce the stress.
Our ultimate wedding to-do list consists of 30 steps to help you on your journey to planning the day of your dreams! You can even download a FREE printable copy here and use it to ensure you’re on the right track or keep it in your wedding planner – if you don’t have one of these yet, check out our luxury gold embossed planner for all your organisational needs.
Keep reading for some amazing tips on how to plan a wedding to remember – don’t worry, you can thank us later!
9 – 12 Months Before
Set a budget
It takes most people around a year to plan a wedding day, and one of the first things you need to agree on is how much cash you can afford to spend. Cook a nice dinner, open a bottle of wine and have an honest conversation about how much you can both chip in including parental donations and money already saved.
Gather style inspiration
Pick a date
Reserve your wedding venue
Create a guest list
Send out save the dates
Get wedding insurance!
Choose your suppliers – from photographer to florist
Pick your ‘bride tribe’ and best men
6 – 9 months Before
Plan your hen and stag nights
Get your wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses and grooms wear
Buy your shoes and accessories
Order and send your wedding invitations
Arrange cake testing’s and order your wedding cake
Book your honeymoon!
2 – 6 Months Before
Create a gift list and order of service
Buy your wedding rings
Book hair and makeup – don’t forget a trial run
Collect RSVP’s and make your table plans
Enlist the help of your maid of honour or best men to help you create, cross reference and make your table plan. Top tip: double check you’ve spelt everyone’s name right before investing in a beautiful table seating plan sign.
1 Month Before
Sort out all the little bits you’ve been meaning to all year, such as wedding favours and place name cards. Be however quirky and original as you want, this is where you can inject even more personality to your day.
Get a marriage licence
No wedding ceremony can take place without getting a marriage licence first. They only tend to last a couple of months, so we’ve put this towards the end of the list.
Pick a wedding party playlist
Your night do wouldn’t be complete without a playlist of you and your wife or husbands’ favourite songs. Set aside a night to take a trip down memory lane and pick out your favourites for a cracking party-playlist.
Arrange and attend final fittings
Your wedding day checklist can only come to an end with the final fittings tick! Check your dress, suit or whatever your wearing fits you perfectly and you’re good to go.
Have your beauty treatments
Waxing, haircuts, eyelash extensions, fake tan or none of the above. Just don’t forget to have them if you want them.
Write your wedding vows and speeches
Write from the heart and inject a little humour then practice, practice, practice makes perfect!
Confirm the wedding arrangements with your suppliers
Firm up everything with your external suppliers to avoid any mishaps in dates or times. Split the list between the two of you and celebrate afterwards, you’re almost there!
Create a bridal emergency kit
Get your maid of honour to carry the kit for you on the day and include things like your lipstick, tissues, paracetamol and anything else you think you might need. We suggest popping in plasters and a mini deodorant, too.
Find ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’
Follow this lovely tradition to bring you luck on your special day.
Attend your wedding rehearsal
On the day or two before the big day it’s always a good idea to have a practice run so everyone knows what they’re doing. If you can team this with a nice pre-wedding dinner, then everybody wins!