Wedding To-Do Timeline

Here is a timeline of what you may need to consider in the lead up to the big event. Its ok if it doesn’t all go exactly as per this timeline for some you only have a few months or weeks to get this all in, it’s a long windy road but 100% doable with whatever timeframe you may have and we will be here to assist if your ever in need.

Get engaged (some people even skip this step others take this step as a bigger event than the actual big event by inviting more to the engagement than just the close family and friends to the wedding).

24-18 Months To Go

  • Consult with a wedding planner if having one at all (all below points will be mostly handled by your chosen planer from here on if you decide to go with this option)
  • Set the date
  • Decide on a budget that both families are happy with (and be clear on who will be paying for what)
  • Choose your official wedding party and MC (if appropriate)
  • Select a handful of ceremony and reception locations
  • Start an inspiration scrapbook and file all clippings of things you like in it. Include dresses you like, decorative ideas, cake designs, floral arrangements… Everything!

18-12 Months To Go

  • Finalise a guest list and send out save the date cards
  • Start the search on your dress and bridesmaid dresses
  • Start researching on ideal honeymoon destinations
  • Book an appointment with a decorator/florist to talk about decoration and pricing
  • Book the reception/church/celebrant and run through menu options with the caterers
  • Select a handful of wedding photographers and videographers and book an appointment to look through their portfolio and talk through pricing (book in the one you like)
  • Order your cake (and taste samples if they offer it!)
  • Book entertainment (i.e. band, DJ, etc)

6-12 Months To Go

  • Finalise music for the reception and ceremony
  • Order your wedding gown and veil – or start on dressmaking

  • Finalise and order your bridesmaid dresses
  • Book the honeymoon! Don’t forget the relaxing massage the minute you arrive at the destination
  • Get started on your gift registry – if you decide to have one
  • Book transportation (don’t forget the getaway car!)

4-6 Months To Go

  • Buy accessories for you and the bridesmaids
  • Finalise the groom’s suit (if you’re allowed!) and groomsmen’s suits
  • Book a hair and make-up trial
  • Book a hotel room for your wedding night
  • Organise pre-marriage counseling if you’d like it. Some churches strongly recommend this when booking the church
  • Research and order wedding invitations, table place cards and bonbonniere
  • Organise taste testing for the menu
  • Order your wedding bands and engraving
  • Confirm dates for your hens night and be clear with what you’d like (and not like) for the night out

2-4 Months To Go

  • Finalise guest list
  • Send out wedding invitations
  • Book hair and make-up artists for you and your bridesmaids. Don’t forget your mum and the groom’s mum too
  • Consider booking dance lessons
  • Start putting together wedding booklets and church/ceremony readings

  • Finalise the gift registry and make sure there’s enough in every price range for your guests
  • Chase up any guests who haven’t RSVP’d

1 Month To Go

  • Start writing your vows and wedding speech
  • Buy gifts for your groom and the wedding party
  • Send final guest list to reception place, hire company’s, caterers, stationery and sign makers and anyone who will need a final guests number and confirm any vegetarian meals or special meal requirements for guests

3-4 Weeks To Go

  • Meet with your photographer to discuss shot list and photo locations
  • Start putting together wedding programmes, name-tags and other stationery required
  • Confirm honeymoon arrangements
  • Write up a time schedule for the day (including important contact numbers) and send to all parties involved in important parts of the day (i.e. MC, priest/celebrant, photographer, DJ, wedding coordinator, drivers, venues & decorators)

1-2 Weeks To Go

  • Pick up your wedding bands
  • Have final meetings with all of your vendors
  • Book beauty appointments – wax, eyebrow shape, facial (no extractions!), etc
  • Confirm pick up address and time with transportation
  • Pick up the groom’s suit and groomsmen’s suits
  • Book a hair appointment to have a trim and colour/treatment

3 Days To Go

  • Deliver all wedding favours, place cards, and liquor to the reception place
  • Have a spray tan – not too close to the day. Everyone will know you haven’t been to Hawaii and back!
  • Have your final dress fitting – be sure to wear all jewellery, shoes, and correct underwear
  • Prepare a list of all payments required on the day, put in envelopes and leave someone in charge of handing out the appropriate people on the day

Wedding Eve

  • Get a manicure and pedicure
  • Treat yourself and your groom to a relaxing massage separately if you are traditional or together
  • Have a wedding rehearsal (if relevant) with the bridal party and church/celebrant
  • Get an early night (tomorrow is going to be huge)