Whether you decide having it two years before or three months earlier …to do it,Planning your wedding can be stressful. If like us suggesting , you can make an endless lists in your head (or instead a focused list on a scrap of paper) only not to forget those vital issues few minutes later… then our Ultimate Wedding Checklist is ultimate for you.
A step-by-step wedding planning timeline of all the main things you need to do to pull off a fabulous wedding day. Wedding planning can be daunting; doing research, managing a budget, and working out what to do when. So we created a full downloadable task list of all the essential things you will need to do, from finding a wedding venue to going dress shopping, and planning a honeymoon to organizing the RSVP list.
The One Fab Day Wedding Checklist and Planning Timeline…
The list is a basic timeline based on a 12 month engagement and planning time, running through the typical timeframes for researching and booking different elements. Although each wedding is different – we’ve shown brides who have organised their whole wedding in just 10 weeks, others take two years (me!) – this planning checklist has general guidelines that will be helpful to every couple.
Read through our handy guide, then download your own free printable at the bottom of the page so you can tick off the tasks as you go (there’s nothing more satisfying!).
As soon as you get engaged/once you’re ready to start wedding planning
• Sit down with your other half and discuss your ideal wedding to make sure you’re on the same page
• Draw up a budget
• Start planning the guest list. Decide on approximate number of guests – this may impact your choice of venues
• Pick potential wedding dates – check with important guests to avoid clashes
• Research potential wedding venues and ceremony locations – if separate
• Optional: Have an engagement party!
12 Months Before The Wedding
• Visit and book your reception venue and ceremony location
• Research potential wedding services and suppliers – photographer,magnets photographers, florist, invitations, cake, decor, music, hair and makeup
• Consider and review wedding insurance options
• Decide what type of entertainment you want for ceremony, drinks reception and dancing
• Book photographer + magnets photographer / Polaroid style photographer /white screen /gallivant studio
• Book videographer
• Research and consider options for your venue and ceremony decor
• Research and consider a wedding planner or venue stylist – particularly helpful if you have to look after the venue set-up or have lots of logistics
• Start your wedding dress research
• Send Save the Date cards – important if you’re getting married abroad, or during a very busy time of year
• Pop the question to your bridesmaids and groomsmen
• Enlist any helpers/talented friends of family with aspects of the wedding (for the cake, flowers, dresses etc)
8-10 Months Before the Wedding
• Book band and/or DJ for reception
• Research and reserve accommodations for guests
• Contact decor hire companies if you need to rent anything for ceremony/reception, such as chairs, tables, or a tent
• Book honeymoon – flights and accommodation
• Order wedding cake
• Book a Rabbi and Rabbanut arrangements ,pre-marriage BRIDE course
6-8 Months Before the Wedding
• Order your wedding dress – many boutiques consider under six months a ‘rush order’ and will apply a fee
• Ensure passports are in date for honeymoon – order new ones if necessary
• Start planning honeymoon – activities and excursions
• Start planning hen and/or stag parties – well not you, the best man and bridesmaids should!
4-6 Months Before the Wedding
• Choose bridesmaids’ dresses
• Choose and order wedding invitations & stationery
• Meet with florist to discuss options
• Shop for groom’s suit
• Rent the men’s formalwear
• Organise the legalities — give at least 3 months notice to registrar or priest/religious celebrant
• Arrange travel vaccinations if necessary
• Organise wedding transport
• Start gathering addresses for guest list – create spreadsheet for RSVPs
• Organise a hair trial and book hairdresser
• Organise a makeup trial and book a makeup artist
2-3 Months Before the Wedding
• Send invitations to guests
• Attend dress fittings
• Choose and order wedding rings
• Organise gifts for parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen and each other
• Buy shoes, accessories, hair-pieces, bow ties etc – allow for longer if you’re ordering online
• Organise outfits for flower girls or page boys
• Have a menu tasting with your venue or caterer
4 Weeks Before the Wedding
• Have final wedding dress fitting
• Make any last-minute adjustments with suppliers
• Finalise details for, and order mass booklets/order of ceremony
• Complete any wedding DIY or craft projects
• Review final RSVP list and call any guests who have not yet responded
2 Weeks Before the Wedding
• Deliver must-have shot lists to photographer,magnets photographer and videographer -include who should be in formal portraits and determine when portraits will be taken
• Give venue/caterer final guest head count
• Create your table plan
1 Week Before the Wedding
• Supply wedding coordinator with a list of supplier requests such as a table for DJ or setup space needed by florist and for the magnets photographer.
• Print placecards
• Call all wedding suppliers to confirm arrangements – create a timetable for day
• Give ceremony and reception site managers a schedule of vendor delivery and setup times, plus contact numbers.
• Get manicure, massage, waxing & all your preening and prep
• Do full wedding dress rehearsal from underwear to veil
• Pack an overnight bag for the reception
• Pack for the honeymoon
2-3 Days Before the Wedding
• Make last minute changes to table plan if necessary
• Grooms: Go for final fitting and pick up your formalwear. (sidur case ,talit,tfilin and a new talit )
• Grooms: Ask the best man to make sure all groomsmen attend fittings and pick up their outfits.
• Confirm pick-up times with wedding car company
• Reconfirm final details with all vendors. Discuss any necessary last-minute substitutions
• Print off a sheet with the running order for the day, and the main suppliers’ contact details, give copes to your best man and maid of honor
The Day Before the Wedding
• Drop off place cards, table cards, menus, favours, table plan to reception coordinator
• Provide all wedding professionals with an emergency phone number to call on the day of the wedding.
• Sort out payment (write cheques/organise cash) for any final balances to be paid at the end of the reception.
• Ensure the cake is on track to be delivered to reception venue – have someone else look after this one!
• Rehearse ceremony with full wedding party ceremony readers your officiant at the ceremony site to rehearse and iron out details.
• Get a good night’s rest!
The Wedding Day!
• Give the gifts for your parents to the best man/bridesmaid for after the speeches
• Flowers delivered to where the bride is getting ready – buttonholes may need to be brought to the guys
• Give wedding bands to the best man to hold during the ceremony
• Give best man the officiant’s fee envelope, to be given after the ceremony
• Introduce your reception coordinator to your wedding planner (if you’re having one), or bridesmaid/bestman for questions or problems during the reception.
• Assign a family member or attendant to be the photographer’s contact so he knows who is who.
After the Wedding
• Prearrange for someone to return any rentals
• Pre-plan for someone to take the wedding dress and suit for cleaning or return a rented tux to the rental shop
• Write and send thank-you notes to gift-bearing guests and vendors who were especially helpful.
• Collect your marriage certificate