Your Roadmap to a Flawless Celebration

Planning a wedding is an exciting yet daunting task that requires meticulous attention to detail. From the moment you say “yes” to the final toast on your big day, there are countless decisions and tasks to complete. To help you navigate the intricate world of wedding planning, I’ve put together the ultimate wedding planning checklist – a comprehensive roadmap to ensure your special day unfolds seamlessly.

Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

12-18 Months Before: Setting the Foundation

  1. Announce the Engagement: Share the joyous news with family and friends.
  2. Determine the Budget: Establish a realistic budget, considering all aspects of the wedding (And include a contingency fund too)
  3. Create a Guest List: Draft a preliminary guest list to estimate the size of your celebration.
  4. Hire a Wedding Planner: Consider hiring a professional to guide you through the process.
  5. Choose a Date and Venue: Secure your dream venue and set a wedding date.
  6. Select Wedding Party: Invite friends and family to be part of your bridal party.

9-12 Months Before: Key Decisions

  1. Research and Book Suppliers: Secure your photographer, videographer, caterer, florist, and entertainment.
  2. Find Your Dress: Begin the search for the perfect wedding gown.
  3. Send Save the Dates: Notify guests of your wedding date.
  4. Plan the Honeymoon: Start researching and booking your dream honeymoon.
  5. Register for Gifts: Create a gift registry for your guests.
Ultimate wedding planning checklist

6-9 Months Before Fine-Tuning the Details

  1. Order Invitations: Design and order your wedding invitations.
  2. Book Officiant: Choose and confirm the person who will officiate your ceremony.
  3. Select Bridal Party Attire: Choose bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen attire.
  4. Arrange Transportation: Arrange transportation for the wedding party and guests.
  5. Finalise the Menu: Work with your caterer to finalise the menu.

4-6 Months Before: The Countdown Begins

  1. Book Hair and Makeup Artists: Schedule trials and book your wedding day beauty team.
  2. Order Wedding Cake: Design and order your wedding cake.
  3. Purchase Wedding Bands: Choose and purchase wedding bands for the bride and groom.
  4. Plan Rehearsal Dinner: Coordinate details for the rehearsal dinner.
  5. Apply for a Marriage Licence: Research and apply for a marriage licence in your jurisdiction.
Ultimate wedding planning checklist

2-4 Months Before: Crossing T’s and Dotting I’s

  1. Finalise Ceremony Details: Confirm readings, vows, and any unique ceremony elements.
  2. Purchase Wedding Favours: Order and personalise wedding favours for your guests.
  3. Confirm Details with Suppliers: Reconfirm details and timelines with all Suppliers.
  4. Create Seating Plan: Finalise seating arrangements for the reception.
  5. Send Invitations: Mail out wedding invitations with RSVP instructions.

1-2 Months Before: The Home Stretch

  1. Final Dress Fitting: Attend your final dress fitting.
  2. Confirm RSVPs: Follow up with guests who still need to RSVP.
  3. Prepare Day-of Timeline: Create a detailed timeline for the wedding day.
  4. Purchase Bridal Party Gifts: Show appreciation with thoughtful gifts for your bridal party.

1 Week Before Putting the Finishing Touches

  1. Confirm Final Numbers with Suppliers: Double-check final guest counts with Suppliers.
  2. Pack for the Honeymoon: Pack for your honeymoon and confirm travel arrangements.
  3. Rehearse Ceremony: Conduct a final rehearsal with the bridal party.
  4. Delegate Tasks: Assign responsibilities to trusted friends or family members.
  5. Relax and Enjoy: Take time to relax and savour the moments leading up to your big day.
Wedding Day TImings

On the Wedding Day: Cherish Every Moment

  1. Get Ready: Enjoy the process of getting ready with your bridal party.
  2. Take Photos: Capture special moments throughout the day.
  3. Say “I Do”: Cherish the moment you’ve been waiting for.
  4. Celebrate: Enjoy the celebration with your loved ones.
  5. Reflect: Take a moment to reflect on the significance of the day.

By following this ultimate wedding planning checklist, you’ll be well-prepared to embark on the exciting journey to your wedding day. Flexibility is key; the most essential thing is savour every moment of this special time. Happy planning!

If you want to plan your special day yourself, consider hiring professional help on your Wedding Day. That’s where my on-the-day coordination service can help. Let’s chat to find out more at 07980 679575.