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The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

Planning your wedding is an exciting and thrilling time in your life. It's a chance to create a day that reflects your love and celebrate with your loved ones. However, it can also be a...

Planning your wedding is an exciting and thrilling time in your life. It's a chance to create a day that reflects your love and celebrate with your loved ones. However, it can also be a daunting task with so many details to remember. That's why we've created this ultimate wedding planning checklist to help you stay organized and ensure that nothing is forgotten.

You Have Your Work Cut Out

Wedding Planning Checklist : 2 years to 7 months before Photo © Memories & Milestones Photography | See their Bridebook profile

Planning a wedding involves making a decision about every single aspect of your big day. From the venue and guest list to the attire and decorations, the list goes on. With so much to consider, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. That's why it's important to break it down into manageable categories:

  • Wedding budget
  • Guest list
  • Venue
  • Officiants
  • Vendors
  • Attire
  • Stationery
  • Decor
  • Ceremony
  • Catering
  • Reception
  • Rings
  • Marriage license
  • Guest accommodation
  • Gifts and favors
  • Hair and beauty
  • Timeline
  • Honeymoon

As you can see, there are numerous details to think about and decisions to make. Take your time and prioritize what's most important to you and your partner.

When Should You Start Planning Your Wedding?

Wedding Planning Checklist : 6 months to 1 month before Photo © Capture House Weddings | See their Bridebook profile

The ideal time to start planning your wedding is as soon as possible. However, the timeframe will depend on how far in the future you want your wedding to be. If you have a specific date in mind or you're in a rush to tie the knot, it's best to start planning right away. This will give you enough time to secure your preferred venues and vendors.

On the other hand, if you're not in a hurry and are flexible with your wedding date, you can take things at a more leisurely pace. This allows you to explore different themes, dates, and venues without feeling the pressure to book quickly.

Ultimately, it's important to start planning as soon as you can to ensure you have enough time to organize everything and make your dream wedding a reality.

Should You Hire a Wedding Planner?

Wedding Planning Checklist : the final two weeks Photo © Damian Burcher Photographer | See their Bridebook profile

Deciding whether or not to hire a wedding planner can be a difficult decision. Wedding planners can take the stress and burden of planning off your shoulders, allowing you to focus on the fun decisions and enjoy the process. They have the expertise to guide you through the entire planning process, from choosing the right vendors to coordinating the day.

However, hiring a wedding planner does come at a cost. The average cost of a wedding planner is around £1,891, which is a significant portion of your budget. It's important to weigh the pros and cons and consider your budget, excitement, and available free time. If hiring a wedding planner fits within your budget and will help alleviate stress, it can be a worthwhile investment.

How to Plan a Wedding Checklist

Wedding Planning Checklist : what to do 2 years before Photo © Tom Jeavons | See their Bridebook profile

Creating your own wedding checklist can be a challenge with so many things to think about. Thankfully, there are tools available that can help streamline the process. Bridebook offers a comprehensive and easy-to-use wedding checklist tool that includes everything you need to consider. You can access it on their website or through the handy Bridebook app.

Using a wedding checklist tool allows you to keep track of tasks, set reminders, and check items off as you complete them. It eliminates the need for extensive research and complicated spreadsheets, making the planning process much more manageable and enjoyable.

Wedding Planning Checklist: Quick Reference Guide

Wedding Planning Checklist : what to do 18 months before Wedding Planning Checklist: 2 years to 7 months before

To help you stay organized, here's a quick reference guide to what you should be doing at various points in your wedding planning journey:

2 years before your wedding

  • Work out your budget
  • Discuss financial help with parents
  • Choose your wedding date
  • Book popular venues and vendors
  • Insure your engagement ring
  • Consider hiring a wedding planner
  • Invest in wedding insurance

18 months before your wedding

  • Choose your wedding venue
  • Organize an engagement photoshoot
  • Throw an engagement party
  • Create your guest list
  • Decide on theme, style, formality, and color scheme
  • Choose your wedding caterer
  • Send out save-the-dates

12 months before your wedding

  • Hire the rest of your vendors

11 months before your wedding

  • Organize guests' accommodation

10 months before your wedding

  • Shop for your wedding dress
  • Design your wedding website

9 months before your wedding

  • Buy your wedding dress

8 months before your wedding

  • Create a gift register
  • Shop for bridesmaids' dresses
  • Meet with local florists to discuss flowers
  • Make a start on DIY decorations

7 months before your wedding

  • Book the venue for your rehearsal dinner
  • Start suit shopping/browsing
  • Put in your order for things you want to hire
  • Hire an officiant, registrar, or celebrant
  • Meet with local cakemakers
  • Design your wedding invitations

6 months before your wedding

  • Finalize your wedding menu
  • Hire your hair and makeup artist

5 months before your wedding

  • Book additional transportation if necessary
  • Print and send your invitations
  • Book your honeymoon
  • Consider premarital counseling

4 months before your wedding

  • Buy your wedding rings
  • Choose the right shoes
  • Work out the attire for groomsmen, page boy, and flower girl
  • Plan your stag do/hen party

3 months before your wedding

  • Do your hair and makeup trial
  • Plan your wedding favors
  • Choose your hymns and/or readings
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner plans

2 months before your wedding

  • Write your wedding vows
  • Go to your first dress fitting
  • Choose your wedding accessories
  • Buy gifts for your wedding party
  • Finalize details with your florist
  • Choose your wedding music
  • Check you have all the decor and stationery

1 month before your wedding

  • Finish your wedding favors
  • Pay your final invoices
  • Create your seating plan
  • Create your name cards
  • Chase any outstanding RSVPs
  • Meet with your wedding planner to go through everything

2 weeks before your wedding

  • Have your final wedding dress fitting
  • Wear your wedding shoes to break them in
  • Double-check your wedding checklist
  • Print any final items of stationery or decor
  • Enjoy your stag do/hen party
  • Finalize your plan B

1 week before your wedding

  • Finish writing your vows
  • Share your itinerary with your wedding party
  • Pack for your honeymoon

3 days before your wedding

  • Take a little time for yourself
  • Practise reciting your vows
  • Enjoy a spa session
  • Get your nails done
  • Pay a visit to the barber

2 days before your wedding

  • Get your things together
  • Clean your wedding rings
  • Write your partner a special note

1 day before your wedding

  • Collect anything you're hiring
  • Take key items to the venue if possible
  • Have an early night

Your wedding morning has arrived

  • Get ready for your wedding and savor every moment

With this comprehensive wedding planning checklist, you'll be well-prepared for your big day. Remember to enjoy the process, stay organized, and take time to celebrate with your loved ones. Happy planning!