The ultimate wedding planning timeline

wedding planning timeline for brides

Planning a wedding can be very stressful. The fear of forgetting important tasks can be huge, so being organised and having a blueprint to work from can be helpful. Every wedding is different so use these dates and lists as a starting point to add or remove from. But rest assure the essentials will be covered anyhow!

12 - 18 months to go

Start your inspiration moodboard
Decide on a wedding budget
Put together your wedding guest list
Select the wedding venue
Set your wedding date

9 - 12 months to go

Decide on a theme
Choose your wedding stationery
Book the band and/or DJ
Book the photographer
Book the caterers
Book the florist
Start trying on wedding dresses
Buy your wedding dress
Send the save the dates
Keep track of your stationery


6 - 9 months to go

Book the cakemaker
Choose your bridesmaids’ dresses
Register a gift list
Book venue for the rehearsal dinner
Start planning your honeymoon
Get your groomswear sorted
Plan the ceremony
Hire musicians for the ceremony
Book hair trial
Book make up trials


 3 - 6 months to go

Book your transportation
Book your wedding accommodation
Book the honeymoon
Order and send the invitations
Book tasting with the caterers
Buy the wedding rings


0 - 3 months to go

Have your final dress fittings
Buy gifts for the bridal party
Confirm playlist with musicians/DJ
Finalise the seating plan
Confirm numbers with vendors
Pay final balances
Confirm timings with suppliers
Finalise your wedding timeline
Have a final venue walk-through
Order table plan and place cards
Brief your wedding party
Order or make your wedding favours
Write your vows
Chase any late RSVPs


1 week to go

Give out emergency numbers
Reconfirm arrival time with vendors
Pick up your wedding dress
Break in your shoes
Practice your wedding vows


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