12-month planner

There’s a lot to remember when organising a wedding, so our checklist will help you stay on track of what to do and when to do it.

Twelve months to go (or immediately if you have a shorter lead time)

  • Fix your budget
  • Decide on your wedding date and book your minister or registrar, discussing arrangements and legal requirements with them
  • Book your reception venue (if different) and if required, a caterer
  • Book your photographer/videographer and discuss your requierments with them
  • Draft your guest list
  • Send out save the date cards
  • Start looking for your dress and remember most shops need at least a six-month lead time for a made-to-measure gown to be delivered
  • Choose your bridesmaids (and their dresses), ushers and best man

12 Month Wedding Planner Checklist

As soon as possible

Six months to go

  • Order stationery
  • Book a hairdresser and make-up artist and discuss ideas with them
  • Start any beauty and fitness regime so you look your best on the big day
  • Choose outfits for the groom, his best man and his ushers
  • Talk to the above about their duties on the day
  • Buy your wedding rings
  • Order or make wedding favours
  • Buy your bridal lingerie and shoes and wear for all dress fittings
  • Book your honeymoon and find out about any vaccinations required

Three months to go

  • Send out invitations and gift list
  • Confirm ceremony details including wedding music and order of service
  • Buy gifts for the best man, ushers and bridesmaids
  • Discuss menu and drinks with your caterer
  • Plan your hen and stag parties
  • Organise hair and make-up trials
  • Initial dress fitting
  • Suit fittings for the groom’s party
  • Start looking at first dance ideas

One month to go

  • Arrange your final dress fitting
  • Arrange final fittings for bridesmaids, page boys and flower girls
  • Have a trial run for hair/make-up
  • Confirm all bookings with your various wedding suppliers
  • Update guest list with acceptances and contact those who haven’t responded yet
  • Start writing your wedding speech
  • Start wearing in your wedding shoes for comfort
  • Reconfirm honeymoon arrangements, order traveller’s cheques/currency
  • List contact details of all suppliers and give to someone you trust
  • Arrange date for wedding rehearsal
  • Have your hen/stag parties

Two weeks to go

  • Finalise the seating plan and provide caterers/venue with a copy
  • Confirm menu and any special dietary requirements
  • Create your place cards and table plan
  • Provide your photographer with a list of essential shots
  • Collect wedding rings

One week to go

  • Final check for all outfits
  • Have the wedding rehearsal
  • Put together a schedule of wedding day timings and give copies to the whole wedding party
  • Ensure all speeches have been written and rehearsed
  • Pack for your honeymoon
  • Confirm who is collecting/delivering the buttonholes
  • Finalise arrangements with hairdresser/make-up artist
  • Put together an emergency kit for the day – make-up, headache pills, sewing kit etc.

The day before

  • Deliver decorations, table plan, place cards, favours and guest book and pens at the venue
  • Drop off orders of service to the ushers
  • Collect any hired outfits
  • Take out money for cash payments you need to make on the day
  • Give rings and details of wedding suppliers to the best man
  • Lay out your wedding dress, lingerie and accessories ready
  • Get pampered – have a manicure or massage
  • Go to bed early and make sure you set your alarm clock


  • Allow six hours of preparation time before the ceremony
  • Bridesmaids and mothers arrive for their hair and make-up
  • Check the bouquet, buttonholes and corsages have arrived
  • Groom and best man should arrive at the ceremony with at least 15  minutes to spare
  • Check the best man has rings, list of wedding suppliers and fees, copies of speeches, vows, readings and any messages to be read out


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