Our list is to help you not to send you into a panic mode … Some of the things we have listed might not be relevant to your day, we’ve just tried to list all we can think off.

As soon as you can

  • Tell relatives and friends about your happy engagement
  • Think about opening a wedding bank account
  • Set a wedding date (remember to book time off work)
  • Are you going to use a wedding insurance to safeguard your deposits
  • Set a budget
  • Decide and discuss who will be paying for what
  • Choose and book your venue, ideally 12 – 18 months in advance
  • Speak to the registrar, vicar or minister or religious person conducting the ceremony
  • Compile the guest list, ideally with the help of both families
  • Start visiting wedding fairs to get ideas
  • Decide on bridesmaids, best man, ushers and pageboys

6-12 months before your wedding

  • Do you need a wedding planner or stylist
  • Decide on number of guests
  • Send out save the date cards
  • Visit various venues and book
  • Enquire about accommodation for guests
  • Book caterer and discuss menus, think about the seasons
  • Book transport
  • Book photographer/videographer
  • Book florist
  • Book cake supplier
  • Will you be having a Toastmaster
  • Book wedding entertainment (DJs, band, magicians, fireworks, childcare etc)
  • Book dance lessons!!
  • Order invitations/stationery
  • Choose hairstylist and make-up artist
  • Begin beauty regime, great for a girl’s night in
  • Decide on wedding dress
  • Decide on bridesmaid, flower girls dresses
  • Are you having a page boy
  • Plan and book honeymoon – remember to book time off work

4-6 months before wedding

  • Send out invitations
  • Discuss the order of service with registrar, vicar or minister/religious person conducting ceremony
  • If the wedding is in a church other than the Church of England, give notice of the marriage to the superintendent registrar
  • Confirm register office booking
  • Decide on grooms wear/best man etc. Arrange to hire menswear if required
  • Wedding dress/bridesmaid/flower girl/page boy fittings
  • Ensure bridesmaids dresses and accessories have been ordered
  • Buy shoes, veil, headdress, lingerie and any other accessories
  • Purchase wedding rings
  • Finalise menus with your caterers, and any special requirements
  • Order menus, order of service sheets and any other stationery
  • Register your gift list, and send out details to your guests
  • Finalise arrangements with your photographer and videographer
  • Finalise honeymoon plans, check passports up-to-date, travel insurance, vaccinations and visas
  • Order wedding favours
  • Book accommodation for out-of-town guests
  • Book honeymoon suite for wedding night
  • Book pedicure/manicure
  • Organise hen/stag parties

2-4- months before wedding

  • Marriage licence
  • Choose gifts for the wedding party
  • Draw up final list of number of guests, chase unanswered invitations
  • Confirm final numbers with venue, caterers and other suppliers as appropriate
  • Finalise details with all suppliers
  • Dress fittings
  • Speeches to be written

One week before wedding

  • Finalise numbers with your caterer/venue and other suppliers
  • Check that your outfit still fits comfortably
  • Collect hired menswear and try it on: changes maybe required
  • Wear in your wedding shoes to avoid blisters on the day
  • Manicure/pedicure
  • Have a practice hair and make-up session
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Make final checks on the details