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Wedding planner timeline

(From 10 to 12 months)

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

  • 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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