Wedding at Buxted Park Hotel

Wedding Checklist

In Articles by Stephen Cousins

It has taken me a while but I have finally completed a wedding checklist for you to use. You can download it and print it out. It is certainly not all my own work. I have scoured the internet and compiled my own list based on my ideas and those of plenty of others. So with this list you have the best ideas from a number of different sources. It should cover pretty much all eventualities. Feel free to suggest other things I may have missed and point out any glaring mistakes too! You may also want to check out my articles How to Choose a Wedding Photographer and Choosing a Wedding Photographer.

Wedding Checklist things to do right away

  • Tell everyone you’re engaged
  • Print out this wedding checklist
  • Agree on the date of your wedding
  • Agree on a shortlist of venues and visit them
  • Decide on the type of ceremony you would like
  • Decide how many people you are going to invite
  • Agree on a budget and decide who pays for what
  • Get some wedding insurance
  • Open a bank account solely for your wedding
  • Start attending wedding fairs
  • Choose your best man, flower girl, maid of honour, ushers

6 – 12 Months before the big day

  • Book the venue for your reception
  • Book the ceremony venue
  • Make an initial guest list
  • Start a wedding scrapbook or Pinterest page
  • Start a dedicated wedding website at for example
  • Hire a Wedding Planner
  • Hire a catering company if required
  • Book the wedding car
  • Book your photographer and videographer
  • Order wedding stationary (invitations etc)
  • Begin looking for a cake
  • Start trying on dresses
  • Book your florist
  • Book the DJ or band and other reception entertainment (Children’s entertainer/magician etc)
  • Begin a health and beauty regime
  • Tick off completed wedding checklist items

4 – 6 Months before the big day

  • Start looking for suits for the men (groom, best man, ushers, father of the bride)
  • Order the cake
  • Give notice of the marriage to the superintendent registrar (unless it’s a C of E wedding)
  • Organise your wedding gift list
  • Purchase your wedding rings
  • Start making or looking for wedding favours
  • Book hotels for guest who are travelling a long distance
  • Book rental equipment such as chair covers
  • Have a first dress fitting
  • Choose bridesmaid dresses
  • Arrange a taste session with your caterer
  • Book your hairdresser and makeup artist
  • Book your honeymoon!
  • Double check the wedding checklist to keep up to date

2 – 4 Months before the big day

  • Agree on readings, poetry, music for the ceremony
  • Finalise guest list
  • Send out invitations with gift list, directions and your wedding website address
  • Finalise your honeymoon plans (visas, passports, inoculations, change of name on passport?)
  • Print order of service sheets
  • Agree on your wedding vows
  • Purchase a guest book
  • Organise stag and hen parties
  • Book your first night hotel

1 – 2 Months before the big day

  • Chase up guest list RSVPs
  • Agree on the seating plan
  • Communicate with the caterer re final numbers
  • Purchase your marriage licence
  • Have final dress fitting and confirm collection date
  • Book your final hair appointment
  • Finalise transport arrangements
  • Purchase gifts for wedding party
  • Start writing speeches
  • Have you Stag Night/Hen Party
  • Read through this wedding checklist to ensure everything is in order

2 Weeks before the big day

  • Wedding rehearsal
  • Print or write place name cards
  • Write a list of ‘must-have’ shots for the photographer
  • Confirm all timings and venues with your suppliers (Photographer, florist, cake maker, DJ etc)
  • Plan your Honeymoon wardrobe
  • Groom needs a haircut
  • Final tick-off of wedding checklist items

1 Week before the big day

  • Final practice of hair and makeup
  • Double check numbers with the caterer
  • Double check that the cake is on schedule
  • Wear-in wedding shoes
  • Confirm arrangements for return of hired suits
  • Finalise accessories for your outfit
  • Finalise payment for as much as you can
  • Confirm all speeches are written

The Day Before the big day

  • Decorate the venue
  • have a manicure and pedicure
  • Have a massage
  • have your honeymoon luggage sent to your first night hotel
  • Eat a light meal
  • Take a bath with bubbles
  • Try to relax
  • Read through the wedding checklist one last time and feel satisfied with a job well done!