Congratulations!

You’re engaged and are excited to start planning the best day of your life.

Whether you book all your wedding suppliers at once, or wander round in a daze wondering where to begin, hopefully this wedding planning to do list will help a little.

There’s no set order in which you HAVE to plan your wedding, but we find that having a rough guide helps.

This list has been compiled from the I Do team’s personal experiences, along with a rough guideline of when you might want to tick off each item.

So here’s your I Do Wedding Planning Checklist:

Around 12 months before

  • Decide roughly how much you’re going to spend (and stick to it)
  • Decide on and book your venue with your chosen date
  • Choose whether you’re having a church or a civil ceremony (& book the registrar)
  • Book your photographer & videographer

9 Months Before

  • Write your guest list
  • Choose your bridesmaid, flower girls, maid of honour, groomsmen
  • Send Save the Dates – not everyone does these but its good practice to make sure your guests keep your wedding date free
  • Start searching for your wedding dress and looking at preferred styles
  • Book your wedding florist and Cake maker if you’re having these
  • Decide on & Book your Food & Catering

6 Months Before

  • Order your wedding dress-this makes room for any alterations to be made, your wedding shoes can also help with alterations
  • Book your wedding entertainment-magician, photobooth, DJ
  • Book your wedding transport
  • Order your wedding rings-these could take 6 months if you’re having them custom made
  • Start searching for bridesmaid dress ideas
  • Buy all your wedding accessories – tiara, belt, jewellery, bag
  • Decide on/Book your hair & makeup – make sure you have trials for both beforehand to ensure you’re happy with your bridal look
  • Send out your invites- If you’re super organised, you’ll want to send these around 4-6 months before the big day
  • Plan and book your honeymoon (one of the best bits)

3 months Before

  • Order the groomswear & bridesmaid dresses
  • Make sure you give notice of your wedding (this is a legal requirement)
  • Start your wedding favours-if doing these yourself, order all the bits you need in plenty of time and make extra just in case
  • Purchase gifts for your bridal party
  • Finalise the catering and guest numbers
  • Start to bed in your wedding shoes
  • Have your Hair & Makeup trials
  • Write your speeches

Time to Get married!

You don’t have to do every single one of these if you don’t like. Some couples don’t have a proper wedding cake, for instance, and instead have cheese wheels. in which case, you can order these a little later on.

Some venues will be in more demand than others, and may even require you to book 2 years in advance!

However you choose to plan your wedding, hopefully this checklist will help guide you along the way

Congratulations and happy planning!

 

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