You’ve said yes to the ring now it’s time to plan to say ‘do’ but where do you start?

This could be a bit of a confusing and stressful time as you figure out where to start.

our rough time line below will give you an idea on where to start and how to stay on track, and yes of course you can do this in 12 months, heck I’ve managed to plan a full wedding in 6 weeks!!

Good Luck you’ve got this!

12 months before

Sit down together and discuss a budget, a realistic one! Yep we know budgets can spiral out of control so think about your ideal wedding and if you can afford it.

Have a think about when you want to get married, seasonal weddings can be more expensive and popular venues can be booked up at least 12-18 months in advance. If you’re flexible with when you want to marry it will open up your options.

Draft a guest list, this will help narrow venues down especially if your list is larger than a venue you have in mind will allow.

Talk to your parents and see if they can contribute to your wedding budget then you can finalise it.

Research some venues, you probably have an idea of the kind of place you want to get married, but prices and packages change so request some brochures.

If you have decided on hiring a wedding planner then research, interview and select one, trust us they will be the best wedding decision you ever make.

10-11 months before

Pick your date and book your ceremony and venue, if you’re having a civil wedding you can now book the registrar as this has to be a minimum of 12 months before the wedding date.

Send out your save the dates, this will give everyone plenty of notice to keep your date free.

Book your photographer, don’t just pick the first one you see unless you know them and they were recommended. Do a bit of research on them ask friends who are married if they recommend who they had. Check out their style of photography to see if it’s the kind of style you would like.

Choose the bridesmaids and groomsmen and let them know you would like them involved it’s such a busy time you will need their help, unless you have arranged a wedding planner.

Go dress shopping lots of shops can take 6-8 months to order dresses in so don’t leave it too late.

Search and book the remaining suppliers, stylist, florist, cake, stationer, band, caterers etc……

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9-8 Months before

Meet with the stylist and discuss wedding décor, style and theme.

Meet with the caterers and choose your wedding breakfast and have a tasting.

If you are having a gift register then arrange to go to the department store and chose your items.

Meet with the stationer and finalise your design ready for print.

Shop for bridesmaids gowns and bridal accessories.

7-6 Months before

Send out the invitations and remember to include your RSVP date

Time to shop again for grooms suits get the guys together and you’ll soon all be looking fab

Finalise your wedding entertainment and give the band your first dance song so they can learn this in plenty of time.

It’s also time to go shopping for those wedding rings, sometimes these can take 3-4 months to come in.

Meet with the cake baker to discuss your cake, chose flavours, tiers, look and style of the cake

Start to research honeymoon destinations

Your dress may have arrived in store so arrange to go and try it on.

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5-4 months before

Finalise your ceremony service, choose your readings and music and ask any friends or family you would like to do the readings.

Look at booking your honeymoon if you’re wanting to go soon after the wedding.

Book any animal care for the wedding day and or honeymoon.

3 months before

Check on your RSVP returns and tick off those you have had back, start to chase up any outstanding ones you have.

Book your hair and makeup trials for yourself and the bridal party

Purchase any thank you gifts you wish to buy for your bridal party, grooms party and parents.

2-1 Months before

Confirm any playlists to the band

Confirm all of the day details with all wedding vendors, unless you have a wedding planner as they will do this

Have your final meeting with the registrar to confirm your ceremony details and chose ceremony music.

Have your final fitting of your wedding dress and bridesmaids to do the same with their dresses.

Confirm all important details to wedding party and give out any specific orders for the day.

Confirm the list of shots you want the photographer to get.

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3 weeks before

Chase up any last guests who haven’t RSVP’d.

If you have day guests who cant make it upgrade some evening guests to day guests

Confirm guest numbers to the caterer and any dietary requirements they may have

Put seating plan altogether and send to the stationer for making and or printing

2 weeks before

Get any pre wedding hair colour and cut done.

Confirm any honeymoon/ mini moon travel plans

1 week before

Contact all vendors to confirm delivery, set up and take down times

Liaise with your venue to discuss the above and a running order of the day schedule, again if you have a planner they will do all these things for you in the last few weeks to the wedding.


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3-2 days before

Arrange to pick up your wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses

Arrange to collect groomsmen suits

Finalise the bridal party positions for walking down the aisle

Designate someone as the emergency contact for the wedding vendors, if you have a wedding planner they will be that person.

Pack your honeymoon suitcase


1 day before

Gather all thank you gifts

Pack and overnight bag if staying at a hotel

Get a manicure/pedicure

Go through the running schedule for the day

Lay out all your wedding accessories

On the day

Eat a good breakfast and drink plenty of water

Take your time getting ready and enjoy every moment

Don’t stress about anything all is going to be ok

Eat drink and get married

Images from Steve Grogan & Kerry Lu