Wedding Planning Checklist Part 1


If you are getting married in the next year, our wedding planning checklist part 1 will help you with the parts of the planning process that you should aim to complete 10-12 months beforehand.

This blog follows my what to do after you get engaged post which includes some fundamental components that you should aim to complete within the first month of planning, so definitely take a look at this too.

Clearly this is not an exhaustive list, as there is so much to do. Take a look at my wedding planning service if you require some help in pulling together a more detailed checklist.

10-12 months before

  • Narrow dates down by season and then month. Have a few in mind for when you start visiting venues.
  • Decide on a wedding theme or colour scheme.
  • Put together a wedding budget and draft guest list. Allocate an amount to each aspect of your wedding.
  • Pick your bridesmaids, best man and ushers.
  • Put together a monthly timeline to help keep you organised.
  • Book a wedding venue (check with your employer that you can take those particular dates off before confirming with the venue).
  • Take out wedding insurance.
  • Book your time off work.
  • Meet with wedding caterers, discuss the menu and have a tasting. Make a finalised booking.

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  • Book your wedding photographer and videographer.
  • Hire a DJ or band.
  • Send out save the date cards.
  • Start trying on wedding dresses to ascertain your likes and dislikes. Give yourself six months for made-to measure and bespoke designs to come together.
  • Begin planning your honeymoon.

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Take a look at part 2 of this series for key things that you should aim to get done 7-9 months before your wedding day.