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12 Month Wedding Organisation Timeline

Planning a wedding is a daunting task for even the most organised individual! Here’s our 12 month guide to give you a helping hand when planning your special day.

12+ Months To Go

  • Before anything is booked, decide on a budget. This will guide almost all your preparations.

  • Select your date. Make sure your most important guests can make this date too.

  • Choose your wedding party and draw up a guest list to give you an idea of numbers.

  • Book your venue, and decide whether you’ll need a ceremony elsewhere first.

  • Choose a theme/colour scheme for your wedding. If you’re overwhelmed by ideas, put together a scrapbook/journal of pictures, ideas and concepts you can take inspiration from.

10 Months To Go

  • Begin dress shopping and order your dress

  • Book your photographer and/or videographer

  • Book wedding band/entertainment

  • Book florist

  • Send "save the date" cards

8 Months To Go

  • Begin planning your honeymoon and brainstorm ideas

  • Choose and order bridesmaids dresses

  • Book your wedding vehicle

  • If the venue doesn’t do catering, begin organising external caterers, choosing menus etc

  • Decide what elements of your decor you’ll need to hire, such as marquees, chair covers and table centrepieces. Get these booked.

6 Months To Go

  • Order your invitations

  • Order your cake

  • Book your honeymoon and make sure passports and vaccines are up to date

  • Finalise the order of service & print booklets for guests

4 Months To Go

  • Book hair and makeup artists

  • Choose and order wedding rings

  • Order formal wear for the Groomsmen

  • Decide on and order (or make) wedding favours

3 Months To Go

  • Make sure shoes, jewellery and other accessories have been purchased

  • Send out wedding invitations

  • Begin planning stag and hen parties

2 Months To Go

  • Double check with venue/entertainment and suppliers that everything is on track

  • Dress fittings should take place around now

  • Begin writing your vows and choosing readings

  • Choose the music played throughout the day

  • Buy gifts for wedding party

1 Month To Go

  • Organise your seating plan

  • Organise your marriage license

  • Get in touch with guests who haven’t RSVP'd

  • Pick up suits for the groomsmen

  • Organise tables & place cards

1-2 Weeks To Go

  • Have your hair coloured/cut

  • Start wearing your shoes in

  • Finalise times with the venue, your suppliers and the entertainment

  • Give the venue final seating numbers

  • Give photographer list of essential shots

  • Ensure the bridal party has a timeline of the day

The Day Before

  • Relax!

  • Pack for your wedding day/night - not forgetting rings

  • Get an early night - it’s the big day tomorrow.