The one and only wedding checklist you’ll ever need
Congratulations – you’re engaged! As the initial nerves fade and excitement sets in, it’s time to start planning your perfect wedding day. And what better place to start than the ultimate wedding checklist?
From the detail to the final flourishes, wedding planning takes a lot of focus, effort and coffee! But the most rewarding part of your wedding journey will be to see all your hard work pay off when you tie the knot in style.
So have a read through our wedding checklist and relax – this wedding list has everything covered.
The daunting part of planning your wedding is knowing where to start. As a result, it’s good to write down a plan of action. Sit down with your partner, crack open the bubbly and brainstorm your favourite wedding ideas!
Decide with your partner a rough idea of guest numbers, any must haves (and must nots) and share out the wedding checklist so that you each have jobs to do. Secondly, it’s a good idea to invest in a year wall calendar where you can scribble notes, pencil in dates and visualise an overview running up to the big day.
Break down your planning into months. Usually, you can split the wedding checklist into 12 months before, 6 months, 3 months and 1 month. This allows you to have a limited number of jobs to do over a long period of time – don’t panic!
The nitty gritty
First of all, before your wedding checklist starts, there are a few things that must be sorted out. Number one is budget. Knowing how much you have to spend will impact on everything. Style, venue, catering, dress, everything.
Therefore, work out how much you would like to spend, taking into account how much family members might be gifting towards your wedding. Furthermore, have a back-up fund for overspending – keep this separate from your overall wedding budget and only use as a last resource. (You’ll thank us for that later).
Next, you need to think carefully about whether you want to take out wedding insurance. Look into the details, ask friends and family and buy this first. A wedding is a huge investment and a lot of emotional pressure – if something were to go wrong, you’d want peace of mind knowing your costs are covered.
Finally, choose a date! The question of when to get married is difficult and depends on several factors. When are guests available, what will the weather be like, when is peak wedding season, what day of the week are a few considerations. However, once the date is set, it’s time to start your wedding checklist!
The perfect place to start is one year before your proposed wedding date. Start thinking about venues first as these can get booked up years in advance. Decide on a venue by choosing a location that means a lot to you as a couple – this will ensure your wedding venue feels extra special on the day.
Make sure you book several viewings so you can get a real feel for the venue stye and ambience. You will both know when a venue feels right – then all that’s left to do is secure a date!
Once your venue is sorted, it’s time to notify your guests. Plan out a list of family, friends, colleagues – whoever you would like to share your wedding day with. Save the Date cards are a lovely way to get your wedding pencilled into everyone’s diary. And remember, the sooner the better!
Next on the wedding checklist is choosing a maid of honour and best man, usher, bridesmaids and groomsmen. Perhaps send a bespoke invitation to these select few to emphasise how special they are to you.
To make your wedding day exactly what you have imagined, you need to find the perfect suppliers. Now is the time to talk to photographers, research florists and choose wedding stationers, videographers, DJs, caterers, cars, cake makers. From a marquee wedding to a stately house celebration, your suppliers will set the tone, highlight your colour scheme and make your wedding run like clockwork.
Book in a hair and makeup session and meet with your main suppliers to talk through your vision for your day. It has to be said, this makes up a large section of your wedding checklist so take the time to get it right.
So, you have confirmed all of your wedding suppliers, secured your venue and spread the word. Next on the wedding checklist is sending out your wedding invitations. Along with your Save the Date cards, your wedding invitations will set the tone of your big day. Work closely with your wedding stationery designer to craft a unique design that captures you both as a couple. Then get your invites in the post.
Once this is sorted, gather your bridesmaids and close family and go wedding dress shopping! Browse the range of styles and pick out your perfect dress…you want to feel incredible on your wedding day!
Pick out bridesmaids dresses, the grooms suit, groomsmens suits, shoes and any accessories that completes the look. Try a contrasting pocket handkerchief to accent your wedding colours. Alternatively, choose an off-white tone or soft blush to soften a brilliant white dress.
Honeymoon and Gifting
Amidst all the wedding plans, take a day out to relax and plan your honeymoon. If you are looking for a retreat close to home or a more extravagant expedition, put comfort, relaxation and calm to the top of your priority list. Your honeymoon should be a haven to settle into married life and spend a much-needed break as newly-weds.
Following this, maybe start putting together a gift list for your guests. If you would like specific items or some money towards a new home, now is the ideal time to decide and start setting this up.
Furthermore, on your day of planning with your other half, take a trip out to choose your wedding rings. This is something really personal and an intimate way to spend the afternoon.
The three month marker is a daunting one. Your wedding day is nearly here! Think of this time as the final stretch – the finish line is in sight. Begin by creating a spreadsheet for RSVPs and start organising your replies. Finalise your guest list.
Secondly, plan and order your table plan, place cards and on-the-day stationery. If you would like to order wedding favours, buy them in bulk now or set a weekend aside in your diary to make them yourself.
Schedule your wedding dress fitting and start breaking in your shoes. Also start finalising your vows, first dance music and maybe book a dancing session for you and your partner.
Lastly, start planning your stag and hen dos. Lighten your mood with a girly detox, take a weekend off with the boys at the races or plan a fun and full night out.
With one month before your wedding day, this is the stage on your checklist to check and check again. Re-confirm all of your suppliers and confirm final fittings, timings of the day, menus, guest numbers and seating plan.
Get your marriage license and run through the must-have shots with your photographer. Create a wedding playlist and start practising your vows or speeches.
The last point on the wedding checklist is to enjoy the final few weeks before your wedding day. Stay calm, remain positive and have fun on your stag or hen do! Remember not to stress about anything as everything should have been arranged. And lastly, have a fabulous wedding day!