12 Month Countdown!

Post updated: 11 February 2021

Wedding Planner

With so much to plan for your wedding, here is a handy Wedding Planner countdown to your day with a guide to what needs to be done and when!

Wedding Planner
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12 months to go

  • Pick a date and confirm with the person performing the ceremony
  • Plan your budget and open your wedding bank account
  • Choose your bridal party
  • Agree on the number of guests to be invited
  • Book venue and if possible reserve accommodation
  • Purchase wedding insurance for your own peace of mind
  • Research wedding photographers and videographer (friend referrals are always a good place to start)
  • Start the search for your perfect dress (online is a great place to start)
  • Visit a Bridal Fayre

Read More: How to Survive Wedding Fayres!

11 months to go

  • Decide if your wedding is to have a theme or not
  • Book your transport (if required)
  • Book photographer and videographer
  • Book your band or DJ
  • Shop for the dream dress, make sure you take someone who will be honest

10 months to go

  • Choose a florist and discuss your ideas and colours with them
  • Order your dress
  • Book your honeymoon (Check if you need any immunisations)
  • Research stationery providers or craft shops if you wish to make your own

9 months to go

  • Choose and order your bridesmaids and flower girl dresses
  • Look out for accessories for you and your bridesmaids
  • Order your stationery or start making your own (get all the bridal party involved)
  • Book time off work
  • Start looking for your cake maker (It is so important that it tastes as good as it looks!)
  • If your venue does not include room dressing you may want to book a venue stylist for chair covers etc

8 months to go

  • Remind your groom to organise suits for the men
  • Start to think about gifts for the bridal party
  • Begin your health and beauty regime
  • Confirm music for ceremony and book musicians if required

7 months to go

  • Register for a wedding gift list with your chosen store/stores
  • Select and order wedding favours
  • Choose and purchase your wedding rings
  • Order your wedding cake

6 months to go

  • Buy your wedding lingerie and shoes
  • Attend your first dress fitting (bring shoes and lingerie with you)
  • Get your order of service booklets printed
  • Make an appointment with your hairdresser and bring along a picture of your dress and headpiece to discuss suitable styles

5 months to go

  • Plan your hen and stag parties
  • Apply for your new passport if you are planning to travel under your married name
  • Arrange any vaccinations or visas required for your honeymoon
  • Book an appointment with your make-up artist to discuss your thoughts

4 months to go

  • Apply for your marriage licence at your local council
  • Ensure you have all address details for your invitations
  • Buy your going away outfit and honeymoon wardrobe
  • Arrange hair and make-up trials for you and your bridesmaids

3 months to go

  • Send out your invitations (including a request for any food allergies)
  • Arrange a menu tasting with your venue /caterer
  • Meet with your florist to finalise requirements
  • Confirm booking with all suppliers (Band, Transport etc)
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2 months to go

  • Keep track of invite acceptances and refusals as they come in
  • Start drawing up a seating plan for the reception
  • Record all gifts as you receive them so you can write personalised thank you cards after the wedding
  • Book your final hair and make-up appointments
  • Arrange final dress fittings and collection date

1 month to go

  • Order foreign currency for honeymoon
  • Meet with your wedding photographer to finalise requirements
  • Confirm arrangements with the venue
  • Chase up unanswered invitations
  • Finalise table plan
  • Ensure all members of the bridal party know what is required of them
  • Ensure place cards and seating plan are ready
  • Confirm delivery or collection of cake
  • Go and enjoy your Hen and Stag parties

1 week to go

  • Have a wedding rehearsal
  • Break-in your wedding shoes
  • Ensure speeches have been written
  • Put together an emergency kit with make-up, painkillers, safety pins etc for any mishaps on the day
  • Finalise numbers with venue/caterer
  • Start packing for your honeymoon
  • Remind your partner to have a haircut

1 day to go

  • Ensure the best man has the rings and a list of contact numbers for all weddings suppliers. Also, ensure he has arranged to return the hire suits
  • Deliver items to the venue, such as luggage, favours, place cards, seating plan etc.
  • Have a manicure and pedicure
  • Have everything laid out ready for the big day
  • Take a long soak in the bath and get an early night

On the day

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Relax knowing that everything is in hand and ENJOY YOUR DAY!!

Posted by Paul Crawford


Paul has been a full-time professional photographer since 1990. He is married to Patricia and the proud Dad to 2 fantastic sons. He photographs around 30 Weddings each year in Northern Ireland and is an experienced Photography Tutor running Photography Courses and Workshops as well as running an online photography courses platform & community photoclub247.com