Wedding Planner Timeline
14 – 9 Months
Start a wedding planner folder
To begin your wedding planning, collect some inspiration from websites and magazines. From your wedding dress to theme and small details for the day. You may find some ideas what you love which you had not considered.
Pick your wedding party
This is a perfect way of showing your close friends and family how much they mean to you, and that you would like them with you on your big day. By choosing them far in advance they can be with your through the whole wedding planning process.
Book your registrar or Vicar
The registrar or vicar conducts your wedding ceremony, so it is important you have one booked on the date you wish to be married.
Throw an engagement party
This is the perfect way to announce your engagement and begin to share the exciting process with your family and friends.
Buy your wedding dress
Narrow down which style you think will suit you best, while also reflecting your venue and theme for your wedding day. With all of this in mind, you can go to your first appointment at the wedding salon with an idea of your dream dress. Make sure to keep an open mind. Choose someone to come shopping with you but be careful not to take too many people as conflicting opinions can be confusing.
Usually each dress is made to order, so you need to allow several months for your dress to arrive, and time for alterations to be completed. Once you have chosen your dress, shop for your veil that perfectly suits the style of dress you have chosen.
Some shops also provide off the rack meaning you can try on and take home on the same day.
Start composing a day-of timeline
Drawing up schedule of events for your big day helps make the day as stress free as possible, and keeps you organised when booking transport and entertainment etc. You can make sure everyone is where they are meant to be at the correct time.
Reserve hotel rooms for out of town guests
It is best to pick three hotels at different price points that are close to your venue. This way your guests can easily choose and book accommodation for the night of your wedding.
Meet the Registrar or Vicar
This meeting allows you to talk through your ceremony and confirm all official documents.
First wedding dress fitting
This will be the first time you see your dress! Ensure you do not leave your wedding dress fittings too late, as this will not allow time for alterations which may be needed. Bring all your accessories to your fittings. Particularly shoes and undergarments can alter the look of your dress, so you can be sure everything is how you would like it to look.
6 – 8 Weeks
Second wedding dress fitting
This is the perfect time to consider your ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue’, if you are honouring the tradition. Make sure you bring these to your fitting. You will be able to visualise how they will look on the big day and allow time for the seamstress to incorporate them into your dress if desired, such as a blue ribbon sewn into your dress.
2 – 3 Weeks
Final wedding dress fitting
You will see yourself in your dress exactly how it will be on your wedding day! It is a good idea to have at least one person with for this big moment, they can also be shown how to create the bustle of the dress, which will need to be done on the big day.
Pick up your wedding dress
On picking up your gown, make sure everything is exactly how you would like. Store your wedding dress in a safe place with your veil, just make sure your groom doesn’t see it!
Make sure everything is kept together so getting ready on your big day is as stress free as possible, meaning you can enjoy the process with your bridesmaids. It is a good idea to have an emergency kit of safety pins and fashion tape, just in case!