Wedding Checklist

Make sure you miss nothing out on your big day by keeping a wedding checklist.  There is lots to think about when planning a wedding, and unless you are hiring a Wedding Planner right from the start, you will need to be organised to avoid panic and stress.  But where to start?  We’ve taken the hard work out of it and covered absolutely everything you need to plan your big day by compiling the definitive wedding checklist.  You can print it out as a wedding checklist or pop over to Wedding Tools and download it on a spreadsheet.

Keep it with you at all times on a handy handbag leaflet too!


12 months + before

Tell family and friends of your engagement
Announce your engagement in the press
Choose the kind of wedding you want – church, registry, civil venue, humanist
Discuss budget and who pays for what
Set a provisional date
Arrange the time off work
Select a wedding planner
Civil ceremonies contact local registry office who will give you the available wedding dates
Visit venues for civil weddings, receptions and make a shortlist and provisinally book
Visit the church and reserve the date
Give notice at all registered offices for civil ceremonies
Start looking at wedding dresses
Choose bridesmaids, best man and ushers
Select photographers and shortlist the best
Select videographers and shortlist the best
Select florist and shortlist the best
Discuss guest list with fiance and both families
Provisionally decide on number of guests to attend day/evening
Decide on theme of wedding, colours, styles
Start looking at bridesmaids dresses, flowergirls and pageboy outfits
Start looking at wedding cake makers
Any provisional bookings need to be firmed up and deposits paid
Buy a wedding planner, or online wedding portal to collect ideas
Develop  or download a record system for invitation acceptances, gifts and thank you notes
Develop or download an itemised wedding budget spreadsheet to compare costs against budget

6 months before

Order wedding dress and accessories
Send out Save the Date cards
Book the Honeymoon
Book accommodation needed for night before wedding
Book hotel accommodation required for wedding guests (if applicable)
Choose and order bridesmaids and attendants outfits and accessories
Order wedding invitations and personal stationery
Choose and book Wedding entertainment, live bands, DJs, string quartets
Order wedding cake

3 months

Choose readings, music and hymns – check with minister or registry that they are suitable
For C of E weddings attend readings of the Banns
Select and register wedding gifts
Order wedding rings
Finalise guest list
Send out wedding intivations
Attend sample tasting of menu and finalise food and drinks
Book wedding transport
Finalise flowers – bride and bridesmaid bouquets, buttonholes, corsages and table flowers
Arrange fittings of wedding dress and bridesmaids
Select and purchase favours for wedding guests
Organise any wedding decorations – chair covers, balloons etc
Book hairdresser and make up artist
Apply for new passport in married name
Organise hen party

1 month

Pay balance on Honeymoon
Confirm all arrangements with suppliers
Try on wedding rings
Have a wedding hair and make-up trial
Purchase guestbook
Write wedding speeches
Order flowers for Mothers of bride and groom
Pay for your wedding licence
Chase any guests who have not responded
Preliminary table plan for wedding breakfast
Keep record of gifts received

2 weeks

Finalise guest list
Write place cards
Produce table plan
Last fitting of wedding dress and all accessories
Give final count to Reception Venue
Pay balance on wedding reception
Confirm timetable for day of wedding with attendants
Attend church rehearsal
Latest time for hen party

1 week

Pack for honeymoon
Have manicure/pedicure (no facials!!)

Day before

Drop off any luggage where you will spend the night
Take cake to wedding venue
Layout all accessories (so no last minute panic)
Have an early supper with mothers and bridesmaids
Pack an emergency kit and give to chief bridesmaid


Just remember – this is your day – so whatever happens make a vow to enjoy every minute.  Little things may not go as planned, but no-one will notice – just smile, look beautiful and make your vows to your fiance.