Countdown to your wedding

To help you to get everything ready for your wedding.

Once the date is set

  • Draw up a rough budget for your wedding plus the guest list
  • Book the registration office or approved venue and arrange a Notice of Marriage
  • Book the reception venue, caterers and entertainment
  • Choose your bridesmaid(s), attendants, best man and ushers, if applicable!
  • Book the photographer and/or videographer
  • Order your invitations, if you are having them made
  • Decide on what sorts of transport you will be using and book cars for the ceremony and going away
  • Plan the honeymoon and make the travel arrangements
  • Start shopping for the wedding outfits
  • Decide on, and speak to a hairdresser and/or your beauty salon for your big day.

Three months before

  • Order the wedding cake
  • Pay your wedding ceremony fees
  • Choose the rings
  • Send out the invitations, order menu cards and place cards
  • Book a florist and choose flowers for the bridal party and reception, including buttonholes and corsages
  • Decide on your wedding gift list
  • Have a first fitting of your wedding outfit (if it is being made to measure)
  • If you are travelling abroad, arrange any necessary visas and vaccinations
  • If you are changing your name, allow at least six weeks (preferably more in the peak holiday season) for a new passport and remember to change your driver's licence and bank details
  • Book a hotel for the wedding night.

Six weeks before

  • Finalise your guest list
  • Choose gifts for the bridesmaids, attendants, best man and mothers.
  • Order gift boxes if you plan to send out wedding cake to guests who cannot attend
  • Attend a second wedding outfit fitting (if appropriate)

Four weeks before

  • Have the final fittings for your wedding outfits
  • Take your headdress and veil to the hairdresser's for a practice run
  • Confirm numbers with the caterers and arrange the seating plan
  • Speak to your Registrar about the ceremony, discussing your readings, vows and music choices
  • Prepare thank you letters for the presents you will receive

Two weeks before

  • Work out a rough timetable for the reception and run through it with the best man, bridesmaids and attendants
  • Write out any place cards for the reception
  • Order foreign currency if you're travelling abroad
  • Wear in your wedding shoes around the home
  • Double check the travel timings to and from your ceremony/reception venue(s) - allow for heavy traffic

On the day

This is your day, remember, so ask friends and family to see that the following arrangements are made for you on the day:

  • The cases are sent on to your overnight hotel
  • The wedding outfits are packed and taken home and any hired items are returned as soon as possible
  • The wedding presents are carefully packed up and taken home
  • Wedding cake is sent to people unable to attend.