Our free wedding planning checklist guides you through 12+ months of the planning process, helping you to manage your time and to-do list—​right up until your big day and beyond.

Mark off your to-do’s and write-in your own. If you’re organized, you’ll have more time to enjoy the process and each other!


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To-Do List which is FREE to use and makes easy work  

Things to do as soon as you become engaged

Share your good news with close family and friends

If both sets of parents are yet to meet, arrange a get together

Set a wedding budget

Decide what tasks need completing and who is responsible for what

Arrange a first meeting with your minister or priest to set a date for your wedding

If you are having a civil ceremony, then book the registry office or civil venue

Send ‘Save the date’ notifications with venue details to abroad or out of town guests

Make appointments with bridal boutiques

Choose your witnesses, bridesmaids and grooms.

12 months before the big day

Announce your engagement to your wider circle of friends and family

Optional: have an engagement party

Think about the size of wedding you'd like and draft a guest list

Start looking at venues

Think about wedding styles and colour

Select your bridal party and grooms

Send out save the date cards or emails to guests

10 months before the big day

Choose your venue

Book your registrar or cleric

Book your chosen venue(s) and pay deposits

Purchase wedding insurance

Consider hiring a wedding planner

Set up a Personal Website to keep your friends up to date about your wedding

Book photographer (and videographer)

8 months before the big day

Order your wedding dress and accessories

Book a wedding caterer, florist, transport, cake maker and honeymoon

Contact rental companies if you need them to hire furniture or linen

6 months before the big day

Book accommodation for your wedding night and any rooms needed for out of town guests

Set up a gift list

Order stationery, groom's clothing and rings

Give notice of marriage/or arrange for your banns to be read in church and pay any necessary fees

Renew or get passports, if you're going on a honeymoon

4 months before the big day

Buy going away outfits if you're having any

Buy gifts for each other, your parents and anyone else in the wedding party you'd like to treat

Purchase or make your decorations

3 months before the big day

Arrange for your initial wedding dress fitting

Create a 'shot list' of the must-take photographs and discuss with your photographer

Plan the wedding menu with your caterer

Post your wedding invitations

Select hymns and decide on order of service or choose suitable wedding music and/or readings

2 months before the big day

Write your wedding vows (if you are writing your own)

1 month before the big day

Arrange for someone to take care or your plants, pets or children while on honeymoon

Have your final gown fitting and arrange to pick up your wedding dress

Check with your suppliers that they know what they're delivering, where they're delivering it to and when it should arrive

Write and print an order of service

Write your thank-you cards for your wedding gifts

Buy a guest book and decide where it will go, or look at these alternative ideas

Finalize seating plan and write place cards

Confirm head count with caterer

Wear your wedding shoes on carpets round the house

Give your DJ or wedding musician your song list

2 days before

Check everyone in the wedding party knows what responsibilities they have (e.g. greeting and seating guests, checking suppliers)

Confirm wedding day transport

Indulge in a manicure and pedicure

Make sure all wedding day items are packed or laid out

It's all sorted Sit down and relax, with a glass of wine 

On the day

Allow plenty of time to get ready

Enjoy yourself and relax

After the wedding/honeymoon

Send thank you cards

Have your wedding dress cleaned and preserved

Keep in touch with your photographer and/or videographer as they work on your photographs, album and/or DVD

Arrange to change the surname on your driving licence, with your bank and so on, if necessary.

Wishing you all the best!!