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Wedding planner timeline

Having a guide to keep you organised and on track can be an invaluable tool. We find this certainly helps our clients and is courtesy of

(From 10 to 12 months)

  • Announce your engagement to family and friends! Plan an engagement party Planning

  • Start researching venues

  • Schedule an engagement photoshoot

  • Start your guest list

  • Explore our Ideas section and Real Weddings for advice and inspiration!

  • Figure out your budget

  • Research and book a wedding planner

  • Research religious officiants, celebrants or registrars

  • Choose a theme and colour scheme

  • Download the Hitched App

  • Select your wedding party

  • Research venues with a few dates in mind

  • Start your registry

  • Start collecting guest list information

  • Book your venue and set the date!

  • Reserve your catering

  • Create your wedding website

  • Research and meet a few photographers

  • Create a weather "Plan B"

  • Research music and entertainment for your reception

  • Meet with a few photographers

  • Start looking at wedding outfits

  • Revise your guest list

  • Confirm your wedding party

  • Book your photographer

  • Create and order your save the dates

  • Book your reception musician, entertainer, band and/or DJ

(From 7 to 9 months)

  • Start researching wedding party attire

  • Come up with a wellness plan

  • Reserve hotel rooms for your guests

  • Start researching videographers

  • Start looking at florists

  • Contact your local registry office

  • Book your videographer

  • Research decorations for your ceremony and reception

  • Start researching invitation designers

  • Book your florist

  • Research wedding rings

  • Start looking at honeymoon destinations

  • Make appointments at wedding boutiques and/or suit shops

  • Choose your wedding attire and schedule your first fitting

  • Update your supplier team

(From 4 to 6 months)​

  • Meet with your religious officiant, celebrant or registrar

  • Research rentals like marquees, place settings, chairs, and aisle runners

  • Research headpieces and veils

  • Create a gift list

  • Confirm your honeymoon plans

  • Research cake makers and schedule a tasting

  • Send save the dates

  • Order your invitations and thank you cards

  • Book your wedding musician(s)

  • Book rental, decoration and lighting professionals

  • Book transportation for you and for your guests

  • Research rehearsal dinner locations

  • Start researching hair and makeup suppliers

  • Book your cake maker

  • Prepare to send the invitations - confirm guests' addresses!

  • Book your hair and makeup professionals

  • Use your wedding website to collect information from your guests (RSVPs, meal selections, etc.)

  • Begin the first steps to legally get married

  • Buy or hire male wedding party suits

  • Book accommodation for your wedding night

  • Arrange the wedding rehearsal

  • Make sure your wedding party has ordered their outfits

  • Order your wedding favours

  • Think of wedding ring engravings

(From 2 to 3 months)

  • Purchase outfit accessories

  • Address and send your wedding invitations

  • Purchase your guest book

  • Purchase your wedding rings

  • Research/book a day-of-coordinator

  • Check on passports, vaccines and visas!

  • Think of a signature cocktail

  • If you want a hair cut, go now!

  • Purchase a wedding gift for your spouse-to-be

  • Think of something unique!

  • Sit down with your photographer again

  • Decide on hair and makeup styles

  • Double check with your transportation

  • Order any wedding party accessories

  • Check in with your religious officiant, celebrant or registrar and give notice

  • Confirm meal selections and notify caterer and dessert suppliers of any food allergies

  • Book a bartending or alcohol service, if not included in your venue or catering

  • Hair and makeup trial!

  • Finalise your wedding songs

  • Make a packing list for your wedding/honeymoon

  • Create your ceremony and reception timelines

  • Order your place cards, menus and orders of service

  • Make sure your wedding party knows the timeline

  • Buy wedding party gifts

  • Start thinking of your vows and speeches

  • Double check your orders of service and place cards

(The last month)

  • Pick up your rings Review the guest list and call guests that haven't RSVP'd

  • Finalise vows

  • Have another dress or outfit fitting

  • Confirm wedding rehearsal

  • Finalise and share the seating plan with your reception venue

  • Make sure the speeches are ready

(2 weeks)

  • Start practising for your first dance

  • Pamper yourself!

  • Confirm your witnesses

(Last week)

  • Pick up you and your partner's wedding outfits

  • Confirm details with wedding party

  • Confirm final details with all your suppliers and send last payments

  • Pack for your honeymoon

  • Write a sweet note to your partner

  • Pull together any last-minute essentials

(Last day)

  • Drop off decorations to the venue(s)

  • Smile. You're finished!

(After the wedding)

  • Submit your Real Wedding

  • Review your suppliers leaving your thoughts and experience

  • Send out thank you messages/cards

  • Connect with your photographer to review your images

  • AND BREATH !!!!!

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