The wedding checklist is an important list worth considering for any couple planning a wedding. While there are many other ways to ensure you are on track, breaking down your to-do-list in small chunks is certainly one way to make sure you stay on track with your planning.

As you progress with your wedding planning, you will stumble across many ideas some which will be useful and some which won’t. A wedding checklist will help you maintain a clear focus on everything you need to do before your big day.

In the UK, the average wedding planning period is 10-13 months. However, the timescales may differ depending on how quickly you decide to get married. Below is a list of everything you will need for your ultimate wedding planning checklist.

First 10- 12 Months

  • Announce engagement to your friends, colleagues and family
  • Choose your engagement party date and start planning
  • Register on My Wedding Suppliers for your FREE Online Wedding Planner
  • Start researching venues in your chosen city
  • Start planning your wedding guest list
  • Research wedding ideas and themes
  • Plan and figure out your wedding budget
  • Choose your  theme and colour scheme
  • Research churches, religious officials or registrars
  • Research venues with your preferred wedding dates in mind
  • Start collecting guest list information
  • Book your ceremony and reception wedding venues
  • Find your wedding caterers (if needed) 
  • Design and create your wedding website
  • Start researching photographers and videographers in your chosen city
  • Research DJ’s, wedding bands, musicians and entertainment for your reception
  • Meet with a few photographers and videographers
  • Start looking at wedding dresses, suits, and bridesmaids dresses
  • Research Suits for the Groomsman
  • Revise your Wedding Guest List
  • Confirm your wedding Guests
  • Book your photographer and videographer
  • Create and order your wedding invitation cards 
  • Book your DJ, musician or entertainers for your reception

7-9 Months

  • Choose a diet and fitness plan to keep you in shape
  • Reserve hotels or accommodation for your guests
  • Put together a list of your preferred florists
  • Research decorations for your ceremony and reception
  • research invitation designers
  • Book your chosen wedding florist
  • Start research wedding rings
  • Research your desired honeymoon destinations
  • Set a few appointments at wedding dress shops
  • Choose your wedding dress and schedule your first fitting
  • Research & Book your wedding car

4-6 Months

  • Meet with your religious official/registrar
  • Find your headpieces and veils
  • Book and Confirm your honeymoon
  • Find cake suppliers and schedule a tasting
  • Send save the dates invitations
  • Book your ceremony singers or musician
  • Arrange transportation for you and for your guests
  • Research hair and makeup professionals
  • Book a hair and makeup trial!
  • Book your hair and makeup artists
  • Book your cake supplier
  • Order your invitations and thank you cards
  • Prepare to send the invitations – confirm guests’ addresses!
  • Use your wedding website to collect information from your guests e.g dietary requirements, RSVPs and more
  • Begin the first steps to legally get married
  • Reserve or buy suits for the groomsman and his men
  • Book accommodations for your wedding night
  • Arrange the wedding rehearsal at your chosen venues
  • Make sure your wedding party has ordered their attire
  • Order your wedding favours

2-3 Months – Last months before the big day

  • Buy the last few wedding  fashion accessories
  • Address and send your wedding day invitations
  • Buy your guest book
  • Buy your wedding rings
  • Check on passports, vaccines and visas!
  • Buy a wedding gift for your partner
  • Sit down with your photographer and videographer again
  • Decide on hair and makeup styles
  • Double-check with your transportation
  • Order any wedding party accessories
  • Check-in with your religious official/registrar and give notice
  • Confirm meal selections and notify caterer and dessert supplier of any food allergies
  • Book a bartending or alcohol service, if not included in your venue or catering
  • Finalise the song list for your Ceremony
  • Finalise the song list for your reception
  • Make a packing list for your wedding/honeymoon
  • Create your ceremony and reception timelines
  • Order ceremony programs and menu/escort cards
  • Make sure your wedding party knows the timeline
  • Buy wedding party gifts
  • Start thinking of your vows and speeches
  • Double-check your ceremony programs and place cards
  • Ensure you have set a final date for your wedding dress to be altered (if needed)

Last Month

  • Pick up your rings
  • Review the guest list and call guests that haven’t RSVP’d
  • Finalise vows
  • Next-to-last dress/attire fitting
  • Confirm wedding rehearsal
  • Finalise and share the seating plan with your reception venue
  • Make sure the speeches are ready

2 weeks

  • Start practicing for your first dance
  • Pamper yourself!
  • Confirm your witnesses
  • Pick up your wedding dress and partner’s attire

Last week

  • Confirm details with the wedding party
  • Confirm final details with all your suppliers and put tip money aside
  • Pack for your honeymoon
  • Write a sweet note to your partner
  • Pull together any last-minute essentials

Last Day

  • Drop off decor to the venue(s)
  • Smile. You’re finished!
  • Get some rest! (at least 8 hours of sleep)

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