Your ultimate wedding countdown checklist

12th January 2022

Congratulations on your engagement! We’re delighted that you’ve found our website and hope that you can find some useful information and suppliers for your wedding here on Party Pages.

With over 20 years of experience within our management team, we are often asked for help with weddings and the most useful item we tend to hand out is a checklist of what you need to arrange and when. So please find this below and we hope that is it of use!


From engagement up to 2 years prior to the wedding:

Draft a guest list

Set a rough budget

Choose a wedding planner (whether this is a supplier or a paper organiser)

View venues (churches, registry offices, wedding reception venues)

Purchase wedding insurance as soon as you book any wedding suppliers or venues


1 to 2 years prior to the wedding:

Book your ceremony venue and wedding reception venue

Decide on who is in your wedding party (parents, bridesmaids, ushers, etc.)

Set up a wedding website to help keep track of all your wedding details

Confirm your wedding ceremony details, such as venue, registrar/celebrant, timings etc.

Research and book your main suppliers, such as photographer, florist, caterers, transport, band/DJ, photobooth etc. (browse all supplier categories here)

Look into local accommodation for your guests

Book your wedding accommodation for the night prior and wedding night

Start looking at decorations and theming

Begin looking at wedding outfits

Send out ‘save the dates’


From 1 year prior to the wedding:

Book the registrar (if needed)

Send out official invitations

Start shopping for wedding outfits

Book your cake, flowers and decorations (if not done prior to now)

Choose your hair stylist and/or make up artist

Start a wedding gift list (if required)

Look into honeymoon ideas

Look into food and drink options for the wedding


6 months prior to the wedding:

Choose and purchase your wedding rings

Finalise wedding outfits and decide on accessories

Book hair and make up trials

Start any ‘do it yourself’ decorations and wedding items

Finalise cake, flowers and decorations with suppliers

Organise stag and hen parties

Finalise food and drink options (pre-orders may be required from guests)

Decide on the ‘order of the day’

Arrange dress fittings and suit alterations if needed


3 months prior to the wedding:

Chase any remaining RSVPs

Have the stag and hen parties

Check dates for finalising information with all suppliers booked


By 1 month prior to the wedding:

Finalise the seating plan

Ensure all food options are with the caterers

Create or order any wedding signage (directions, table plan, order of the day, etc.)

Finalise wedding favours

Create or order wedding stationery (table names/numbers, place cards, menu cards, etc.)

Finalise all details with suppliers

Confirm ceremony details (vows, readings, music, etc.)


Up to 4 weeks prior to the wedding:

Pay all suppliers

Finalise a list of outstanding items required for the day and organise them

Break in your wedding shoes

Finalise the seating plan

Send your final list of photographs wanted to the photographer and venue(s)

Have final alterations to clothing and pick up items


1 week prior to the wedding:

Confirm all accommodation bookings

Give out your wedding party gifts (if not for the wedding day)

Delegate jobs to the ushers and bridesmaids

Do not use any new beauty products from now in case of a reaction

Pack your wedding items


The day before the wedding:

Church rehearsal (if applicable)

Allocate someone to look after the marriage certificate on the day

Pre-wedding preparations

Relax and enjoy!


Wedding day:

Get ready

Meet the registrar prior to the wedding (if applicable)



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