Your Wedding Planning To Do List
Your Wedding Planning To Do List
General Wedding Talk


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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