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Use this timeline to help plan your wedding, what to do and when to do them.


18 to 12 Months

Decide on a date

Reserve a reception venue

Reserve a ceremony venue

Book celebrant (if not having a church wedding)

Announce your engagement in the paper

Hold your engagement party

Determine a wedding budget

Prepare an estimate on the number of guests

Hire a photographer &/or videographer

Hire a caterer (if not provided by reception venue)

Start shopping for a wedding gown


12 to 10 Months

Determine the members of the bridal party

Hire your entertainment

Hire & meet with cake baker to discuss ideas

Hire & meet with florist to discuss your ideas

Order wedding gown

Start looking for bridesmaids outfits

Book honeymoon

Speak to your GP about any necessary vaccinations & lodge application for passport if honeymooning overseas.

10 to 6 Months

Hire men's bridal party attire

Determine final guest list

Help mothers to find outfit

Determine reception & ceremony decorations

Purchase bridesmaids outfits

Determine who will be the MC

Organise wedding rings

Organise bridal party transport


6 to 2 Months

Organise bridal registry

Write vows

Determine menu with caterer

Organise hens & bucks parties

Send out invites (usually at 3 months)

Print wedding program for guests (if wanted)

Purchase bridal party gifts

Purchase bomboniere gifts for guests

Finalise song list for entertainment

Purchase guest book

Purchase shoes

Purchase lingerie for under gown and wedding night

Purchase jewellery

Make alterations to wedding gown & bridesmaids outfits


2 to 1 Month

Arrange ceremony rehearsal

Organise something old, new borrowed & blue

Send wedding announcement to the local paper

Purchase garter

Have hair & make-up trial

Write a timetable of the wedding day to give to family and hired businesses

Organise someone to look after pets, garden watering, house for honeymoon.

Arrange holiday insurance


4 to 1 week

Confim & finalise details with florist

Confim & finalise details with photographer &/or videographer

Confim & finalise details with baker

Confim & finalise details with caterer

Confim & finalise details with entertainment

Confim & finalise details with decorator

Confim & finalise details with ceremony

Confim & finalise details with reception

Pick up wedding rings

Organise seating plan

Organise table place cards

Schedule final fitting of wedding gown

Organise someone to look after wedding gifts for the wedding night

Organise men's bridal party fitting

Organise a get together with bridal party, so they can meet each other and determine their duties for the wedding day.

Give schedule of honeymoon with copies of passport & flight details to family


1 week

Pack for honeymoon

Pick up wedding gown

Do final beauty routine (i.e. waxing, tinting, tanning)

Allow time to relax

Get engagement ring professionally cleaned


The Day Before

Pick up cake

Set up decorations at ceremony & reception