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Your ultimate 12-month wedding checklist

28th November 2018 - View more blog articles

At Lace & Favour we know that planning a wedding can often be the most exciting yet stressful time of your life. So, to help you navigate the way to your big day, we’ve put together your ultimate, 12-month wedding checklist.



    • Announce your engagement
    • Create a wedding Pinterest board to help consolidate your ideas (this will also help to avoid any impulse purchases over the coming months)
    • Make any important decisions regarding wedding themes, the ceremony and the location
    • Agree (and stick to) a wedding budget
    • Visit potential venues (for both the ceremony and the reception) and make a joint decision as to which one you’re going to get married in

  • Book your venue(s) and place the deposit(s)
  • Choose your bridesmaids, best man and groomsmen
  • Choose a ‘main hen’ to plan your hen-do
  • Make an initial, draft guest list and calculate prices per head
  • Start looking for your dress (remember to try on a variety of different styles and keep an open mind!)
  • Start to get quotes off wedding vendors (don’t be afraid to haggle or push to get the most for your money)
  • Start thinking about your honeymoon

6 months before:

    • Book your florist (you don’t have to decide on your flowers straight away, but they will need to book you in in advance)
    • Book your wedding photographer

  • Book your caterer
  • Book reception entertainment
  • Choose your bridesmaid dresses
  • Finalise your guest list
  • Choose your wedding dress

4 months before:

  • Choose your wedding accessories, including veil, shoes and jewellery
  • Choose your wedding lingerie (it’s important to do this sooner than later as you may want to wear it to your dress fittings)
  • Order your stationary and invitations (and send them out!)
  • Taste-test and order your wedding cake
  • Book your honeymoon (remember to book your annual leave from work if necessary)
  • Start thinking about your table decorations (it’s worth heading to Pinterest for some crafty, DIY ideas!)
  • Put a wedding gift-list together

3 months before:

  • Finalise your wedding flowers
  • Choose suits for your groom and groomsmen
  • Choose your wedding rings
  • Buy your wedding shoes (remember you’re going to be wearing your bridal shoes all day long, so wear them in before the big day!
  • Buy your veil
  • Book your makeup artist and hairdresser

2 months before:

  • Order your table decorations, or start making them if you’re feeling crafty
  • Confirm the order of service for the ceremony with your minister

1 month before:

  • Have a trial run with your make-up artist and hairdresser
  • Final wedding dress fittings
  • Final suit fittings
  • Final bridesmaid dress fittings
  • Confirm all bookings and timings with your wedding vendors
  • Contact any guests who have not yet RSVP’d
  • Speak to your photographer about any particular shots you’d like to get

2 weeks before:

  • Finalise your seating plan (and provide a copy for the venue and caterers)
  • Let your caterers know of any special dietary requirements
  • Wear those wedding shoes in!
  • Finalise any outstanding payments
  • Advise your groom to get his wedding haircut (so it has time to grow out a little)
  • Buy any wedding favours for your bridal party and groomsmen
  • Buy any last-minute bits for your honeymoon
  • Purchase travel insurance
  • Buy a guest book
  • Buy a wedding bag (to hold any essential ‘top-up’ makeup and blister plasters!)

The week of your wedding:

  • Hang your veil out (preferably in a bathroom after a shower) so all of the creases fall out in time for the big day. Whatever you do, do not steam your veil as this can affect the look.
  • Finalise timings with your make-up artist and hairdresser
  • Ask your bridal party and groomsmen to have a final ‘try-on’ of their outfits, so there is time to make any changes that are needed
  • Drop off table decorations, wedding favours and a guestbook (with pens) at the venue
  • Draw cash out for any payments due on the day
  • Give the wedding rings to the best man
  • Speak too all groomsmen and attendants so they know the running order of the day

The Big Day:

  • Eat breakfast
  • Check that your best man has the rings


  • Return any hired outfits
  • Write up any thank-you letters for your guests
  • Enjoy married life!
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