Your Wedding Planning Timeline

 

Your wedding planning timeline is a must have to ensure that nothing gets forgotten during your wedding planning stage. It is particularly important if you are not hiring a Wedding Planner.


FIRST JOBS TO COMPLETE AS SOON AS POSSIBLEYour wedding planning timeline

  1. Decide on a wedding date;
  2. Work out your budget;
  3. Decide on what type of ceremony you want: Church, Registry Office, Civil or Celebrant;
  4. Consider how many Guests you want to invite;
  5. Start collecting inspiration from Pinterest, Instagram and magazines;
  6. Decide on the Reception venue and pay the deposit
  7. Research Suppliers, booking ones that you really want as soon as possible,   e.g. Photographer, Videographer/Caterers/Entertainment
  8. Ask your Bridal Party/Groomsmen.

SIX TO EIGHT MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING

  1. Go dress shopping;
  2. Start any health and fitness regimes;
  3. Think about honeymoon destinations (And budget, separate from your Wedding budget)
  4. Consider a gift list, if applicable;
  5. Launch your wedding website;
  6. Decide on your Guest list and send out save the dates;
  7. Purchase your dress and book any alterations that are required;
  8. Think about your style for the day and buy any necessary “props”;
  9. Shop for Bridesmaid dresses and Groomsmen outfits;
  10. Choose food options with your Caterers and go for any menu tasting session.

THREE MONTHS TO GO

  1. Send out wedding invitations;
  2. Choose and order your wedding cake and flowers;
  3. Start shopping for bridal accessories – shoes, jewellery etc.;
  4. Book hair and make up artist and have trials
  5. Choose your Ceremony music
  6. Finalise your Ceremony readings and check with your Vicar/Registrar/Celebrant for approval;
  7. Order or make favours;
  8. Finalise menu and flowers;
  9. Purchase wedding rings;
  10. Meet with your Photographer and give them a list of photo shots that you would like / style of photo’s etc.
  11. Send playlist to your Band/DJ or create your own if you are doing your own music;
  12. Provide information to your Guests for any nearby accommodation/taxi details
  13. Plan hen and stag parties

ALMOST THERE – ONE MONTH TO GO

  1. Give notice;
  2. Write speeches;
  3. If you’re planning to buy a gift for your other half, do this now;
  4. Have final dress fitting
  5. Pay final balances;
  6. Chase any outstanding RSVP’s;
  7. Begin writing your wedding vows (If appropriate);
  8. Start arranging the seating plan;
  9. Buy any gifts for your Wedding Party

TWO WEEKS TO GO

  1. Finalise your wedding vows;
  2. Complete your table plan;
  3. Arrange a final trip to the Hairdresser;
  4. Collect your wedding dress;
  5. Finish any DIY tasks;
  6. If you’re providing your own entrance music/ wedding breakfast music, make sure your playlist/CD works;
  7. Book a massage/manicure/pedicure and have some relaxing time the day before your wedding day

ONE WEEK TO GO – THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

  1. Contact all your Suppliers and confirm final details;
  2. Delegate Wedding Day tasks to your Wedding Party;
  3. Wear your shoes to break them in;
  4. Pack for your Honeymoon and make arrangements to get to the airport

Your wedding planning timeline

THE DAY ITSELF

Check out my blog post coming soon for the Wedding Day timelines (30th October)