Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Wedding To Do List

When I was planning my wedding I kept seeing To Do Lists that started 18 months to two years before the wedding. Whilst the things that needed to be done were the same, my time frame was much shorter, in fact we should have done half the things on these lists already.

I've decided to put together a generic list of everything I can think of that needs to be done in the planning of a wedding. Everyone's wedding is different and there might be some things I've missed either because I've forgotten them or simply they weren't relevant to us.

The list is in an order that worked for us, again this might not work for you, so play around with it to make it work. I hope it's helpful!


Wedding To Do List
  • Decide roughly when you want to get married
  • Check when officiant is available
  • Decide on the size of the venue for the reception by compiling a rough guest list
  • Set Budget
  • Research & visit venues to see where is available and meets your needs
  • Contact important suppliers such as caterer, band, photographer & videographer, check their availability
  • Book venue & key suppliers
  • Find wedding dress and arrange fittings
  • Sort out grooms suit and rest of wedding party
  • Choose florist
  • Decide if having wedding cake and order
  • Choose hair & make-up people
  • Post bands and sort out any necessary paperwork
  • Finalise guest list, ensuring you have addresses or emails where relevant
  • Set up gift lists - you will at need the details to send out with the invitations
  • Decide on invitations - Send out 6-8 weeks before, allow time for designing & up to a month for printing
  • Book a toastmaster/MC
  • Book transport and wedding car if needed
  • Get veil, tiara or any bridal hair accessories - before hair trial and final dress fittings
  • Have a hair and make up trial
  • Meet with chosen florist to discuss what flowers you want on the day, type of arrangements, bouquet, buttonholes etc & numbers
  • Book any additional suppliers, lighting, staging, photo booth etc
  • Have food tasting and confirm final menu
  • Decide on table plans, if table stationery is being printed with numbers on this needs to be done first
  • Arrange printing of table stationery
  • Decide playlist with band for both the ceremony and party
  • Arrange accommodation for Bride and Groom on wedding night if not included with venue
  • Have Hen & Stag parties
  • Final dress fitting and collect dress
  • Put together final guest list along with dietary requirements for caterer
  • Put together a list for the photographer of any group/posed pictures you want
  • Speak to all suppliers to check they have everything they need
  • Relax and enjoy your day!
Are there things you would do differently, or that you think I have missed? If so please let me know.

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