From Saying Yes to I Do: A Checklist to Get Your Wedding Planning Started

This is a guest post by Katie Jones.

While it is possible to organise a last minute, spur-of- the-moment wedding day, most are the result of a year or even longer of meticulous research, planning, discussions and compromise. This checklist for a 12-month plan will help to ensure that you don’t forget a single detail.

A Year Before the Wedding

Firstly, have a discussion with your other half about the wedding expectations and ideas to make sure you are all on the same page, and then draw up your budget. 

You will need a rough idea of guest numbers, as this will affect the venue choice you make, and many popular venues get booked up years in advance. 

You need to choose your wedding date, and then you are ready to start researching your venue options and booking.

It’s a good idea at this stage to let your friends and family know their roles and to ask people if they are happy to be bridesmaids, best men, speakers, etc.

Start planning your wedding theme and colours so that you can source decorations and start to plan flowers and invitation designs around it. Once you have your theme you can find your suppliers and begin to order the key elements for your day.

Once the venue and theme are decided and suppliers have been researched, you need to start making commitments by booking your music, DJ, entertainment, décor hire, order your wedding cake and start looking for the wedding outfits.

Six Months Before

Now that you have made all the big decisions, it’s time to focus on the details, so items like the dresses for the bridesmaids, choosing your wedding stationery, and meeting florists to discuss flower options. 

You will need to address legalities here such as declaring the banns.

You can start to plan the actual ceremony, choosing readings, music, vows and songs, and also start organising your invitations out to everyone. Make sure you don’t forget to order the wedding rings, rent the men’s suits for the day, and have your own wedding dress fittings.

One Month Before

Ideally, there won’t be too much to do by this time, but finalising details such as final dress fittings, reviewing guest responses, and making sure the photographer knows what is required.

One Week Before

This is when the panic sets in, but if you have followed the plans it's really just a case of finalising the details. For example, confirming final numbers to the venue and caterer, creating the table plan and place names, getting all your beauty treatment set up, packing overnight bags, and just confirming everyone knows where to be and when on the day.

The Day Before

Ideally, the only thing to do today is to drop off any items to the venue such as the favours, place cards and table décor, make sure the cake is on track and then have a great restful night’s sleep!

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