To help you along your wedding planning journey we’ve put together a wedding checklist to help you plan your big day. Remember this is a generic list, some elements may not apply to you and you may also wish to book certain suppliers sooner rather than later, as the popular suppliers will be booked up – sometimes as far as two to three years in advance!

Do it now…

  • Decide on your wedding date
  • Choose what type of ceremony you want
  • Look at the number of people you want to invite
  • Visit potential venues
  • Set your budget and open a wedding savings account
  • Choose your best man, ushers and bridesmaids


12 – 18 months to go

  • Organise wedding insurance
  • Book your reception venue
  • Check and book your date with your minister/priest/rabbi and registrar (if needed) or book your local registry office
  • Book your photographer and/or videographer

6 – 12 months to go

  • Send out ‘save the date’ cards
  • Book your wedding cars, cake maker, florist and entertainment
  • Choose wedding outfits for the wedding party
  • Look at sample menus and wine choices
  • Book your hairdresser and make-up artist


4 – 6 months to go

  • Order invitations and other stationary
  • Give notice of marriage
  • Set up your gift list (if you’re having one)
  • Choose and buy your wedding rings
  • Choose or start making your wedding favours
  • Plan the hen/stag parties
  • Remind guests to book accommodation if needed

2 – 4 months to go

  • Plan and book your honeymoon
  • Confirm any reading and music
  • Send out your invitations with details of your gift list
  • Print order-of-service
  • Organise your guest book
  • Organise trials for hair and make up
  • Contact your local newspaper if you want to publish your wedding announcement

1 -2 months to go

  • Chase all unanswered invitations
  • Finalise the guest list
  • Finalise the seating plan
  • Give final numbers to suppliers
  • Final fittings for wedding outfits
  • Buy your marriage licence
  • Choose gifts for wedding party
  • Start on speeches
  • As people start buying from your gift list start on your thank you notes

2 weeks to go

  • Organise your wedding rehearsal
  • Write out place cards or confirm with printers
  • Type up your must-take shots for the photographer
  • Confirm timings with all your suppliers
  • Plan your honeymoon wardrobe


1 week to go

  • Arrange for the cake to be delivered to the venue
  • Reconfirm final numbers
  • Double check all outfits and accessories
  • Wear in your wedding shoes around the house

The day before

  • Help decorate the venue (if needed)
  • Enjoy a pamper session
  • Eat a light meal, take a bath, have an early night and try to relax

On the day!

  • The only thing you need to do on the day itself is, breathe and enjoy it! Your day will flash by so quickly, make sure you take a moment or two throughout the day to look around and really take it all in. Don’t forget to also spend ten minutes alone as a newlywed couple, away from everyone and everything to appreciate some time together on your wedding day!