Wedding Checklist

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Wedding Checklist

For your wedding, there are standard tasks to complete to ensure you get married. Every wedding is different and almost every couple have their own specific requirements. 

If you register on our site, we have the below items in the Checklist Tool where you can customise your wedding date, which will change the duration to complete the tasks and you can also edit, add or remove tasks altogether if they are not relevant to you and your wedding. We've even had one couple tell us they were able to plan their entire wedding in just 24 hours, using our checklist tool!

Below is a list of standard tasks to complete and the approximate time away from your wedding date to do these and the list is based on having 12 months to plan your big day. Please note that particularly due to COVID, it might take longer to get your dream wedding venue booked, due to built up demand caused by all the postponements over the last couple of years. 

12 Months+

  • Speak with your partner about the type of wedding you both would like
  • Choose approximate date (be flexible) Click here for hints & tips
  • Work out your budget Click here for hints & tips
  • Book Wedding Planner / Co-ordinator if required Click here for hints & tips
  • Choose the Wedding Party (Maid of Honour, Bridesmaids, Best Man, Ushers etc)
  • Start working on your Guest List Click here for hints & tips
  • Start looking at wedding and reception venues Click here for hints & tips
  • Start looking at wedding dresses Click here for hints & tips
  • Engagement Party (optional)
  • Create a Pinterest board for the wedding Click here for hints & tips

11 Months

  • Decide if you want a theme for your wedding
  • Consider bridal party dresses
  • Reserve your chosen venue(s) for the ceremony and reception
  • Book your officiant (priest, minister etc)
  • Hire a wedding photographer Click here for hints & tips
  • Hire a wedding videographer Click here for hints & tips
  • Hire caterer (if not included in reception cost) Click here for hints & tips
  • Hire DJ/Band and Entertainment Click here for hints & tips
  • Hire florist Click here for hints & tips
  • Look to book wedding accessories (chairs, chair covers & sashes, table and venue décor such as lighting, linens etc) Click here for hints & tips
  • Send out save the dates Click here for hints & tips
  • Consider wedding insurance options Click here for hints & tips

10 Months 

  • Purchase Wedding Dress, veil and undergarments
  • Order Bridesmaids Dresses Click here for hints & tips
  • Beauty Regime (plan skincare regime)
  • Order Wedding Cake Click here for hints & tips
  • Organise Stag and Hen do’s Click here for hints & tips

8 Months

  • Find accommodation options for out of town guests
  • Refine your Guest List Click here for hints & tips
  • Create wedding gift list (if required)

7 Months

  • Choose and Order Wedding Stationery Click here for hints & tips
  • Consider honeymoon options

6 Months

  • Book wedding day hair stylist and make-up artist Click here for hints & tips
  • Look at Wedding Cake designs and possible tasting visits Click here for hints & tips
  • Decide on groomsmen attire Click here for hints & tips
  • Finalise honeymoon plans and ensure you have all documents (in-date Passport etc)

5 Months

  • Book transportation to and from the venues Click here for hints & tips
  • Purchase wedding rings Click here for hints & tips
  • Attend pre-marriage counselling if required (for Catholic Ceremonies)
  • Consider booking vaccinations for honeymoon
  • Finalize Wedding Guest List

4 Months

  • Meet with officiant to discuss plans for ceremony Click here for hints & tips
  • Finalise your flower choices Click here for hints & tips
  • Schedule Dress Fittings
  • Book Room for Wedding Night if not provided with reception venue

3 Months

  • Choose first dance song (and any songs in particular that you do or don’t want played at the wedding)
  • Send out Wedding Invites

2 Months

  • Book hair and veil trials
  • Finalize readers and readings Click here for hints & tips
  • Organise Wedding Favours

1 Month

  • Plan ceremony and reception seating
  • Begin Writing Vows
  • Review Ceremony details with officiant
  • Apply for Marriage License
  • Finalise fittings for wedding party
  • Decide on “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue”.
  • Purchase gifts for attendants Click here for hints & tips
  • Organise “on the day” stationery Click here for hints & tips

2 Weeks

  • Call vendors to confirm details, date, times and location
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations
  • Pick up wedding rings
  • Pick up Marriage License
  • Final Dress Fitting
  • Finalise / Order / Print your Order of Ceremony
  • Finalise Table Plan / Send a copy to your stationer

1 Week

  • Follow up on the guests who have not RSVP’d
  • Give final count to caterer
  • Contact Videographer and Photographer with “Must Have” shots
  • Update Gift List / Registries
  • Begin breaking in your wedding shoes
  • Send playlists to DJ/Band/ceremony
  • Write out place cards / Send to stationer
  • Pack for Honeymoon
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