Wedding Planning Timeline – When should I book what?

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You are engaged! Congratulations!
Once the celebratory champagne has slowed down, how do you start your planning?
How do you ensure you allocate enough time to get suppliers and your venue booked?
We have put together a timeline to make the planning process simple,
meaning you can enjoy your planning, and have fun!

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12+ months before

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Set a budget (decide on the non-negotiable’s as a couple)

Agree on a theme, or inspiration for your day

Decide on whether you will be using a wedding planner and find the right one!

Pick your dream wedding venue and book the date

Book your celebrant / church, and sort out your wedding license and wedding insurance

Pick your wedding party and ask them!

Start working on a guest list

Book appointments at wedding boutiques to start your dress search


11 months before

Book the following (if needed):

  • Your photographer and videographer

  • Your entertainment – DJ’s and bands book up fast

  • Caterering if not supplied by the venue

  • Florist

  • Car

  • Toastmaster

  • Wedding Stationery

Start looking at honeymoon ideas

Decide on the style of wedding dress you want


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9 months before

Book a cake maker and start tastings (Yum!)

Start booking the room decor you want to hire

Decide on and start looking for the Grooms attire

Start shopping for your bridal party outfits

Agree your menu with the venue (they will have their own time frames)

Send save the date cards to your finalised guest list

Start working on a gift list if using one

Book hair and makeup trials

Take engagement photos

Find and buy the dress!

Book any accommodation for out of town guests

Book your honeymoon suite


6 months before

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Start looking at the shoes and accessories to go with your dress

Book your honeymoon

Order your wedding invitations

Order your chosen cake if not ordered already

Buy the bridal party outfits

Buy the Grooms attire


4 months before

Send out wedding invitations

Buy wedding rings

Carry out hair and makeup trials

Book and carry out dress and suit fittings/alterations

Choose your wedding music and readings

Buy the wedding party gifts

Book any travel vaccines required for your honeymoon


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3 months before

Send out your invitations

Have your final outfit alterations carried out

Order your wedding favours

Choose your music

Finialise your readings and order of the day

Have you hair and makeup trial

Book on the day hair and makeup


2 months before

Start working on your seating and table plans

Touch abse with all your suppliers if you haven’t already

Share your playlist with your DJ or band

Start writing any speeches

Start working on vows

Chase any outstanding RSVP’s


1 month before

Collect wedding outfits

Share you table plan with your stationer

Book any hair or nail treatments for your bridal party

Start packing for your honeymoon

Wear in any new shoes

Collect any currency exchange for your honeymoon


1 week before

Soon to be Mr and Mrs_Wedding Instagram

Discuss all supplier and on the day schedules to your venue

Start delivering items to your venue

Ensure all your wedding party have visited the venue

Carry out a rehearsal


The day before


Get some sleep!


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