Wedding Planning Calendar – A handy guide to the next 12 months

Our handy 12 month wedding planning calendar will ensure you don’t miss a thing, whether you’re just engaged or half-way through your planning…

You can also download our fantastic FREE big day planning tools from our downloads page here.


  • Tell everyone!
  • Set a budget
  • Decide on a date
  • Send out save the date cards
  • Start looking at dresses
  • Book your venue and registrar
  • Buy your first copy of Wedding Ideas!


  • Choose the main attendants
  • Start looking for bridesmaids’ dresses
  • Book your main suppliers like the photographer, florist and videographer
  • Book a wedding planner if you’ve budgeted for one


  • Start a scrapbook of flower and decoration ideas
  • Begin your beauty regime and regular exercise plan


  • Start looking for your acccessories, especially if you want bespoke pieces made
  • Order your shoes as you’ll need them for your dress fittings


  • Order your stationery
  • Make a rough first draft of your guest list
  • Confirm all your suppliers and make a note of when payments need to be made
  • Book your evening entertainment and pianist for the ceremony


  • Take a break from the planning and get away for a romantic weekend with your h2b
  • Chat with other b2bs on the Wedding Ideas’ forum to check you haven’t missed anything!


  • Ask your groom to start looking for suits for the guys
  • Tell the registrar about your music and readings so they can be approved

5 months

  • Buy your wedding underwear
  • Have your first dress fitting with shoes
  • Order your wedding cars or transport


  • Confirm the outfits for your groomsmen
  • Order your cake
  • Book your hair and make-up artist and have an initial trial
  • Choose a gift list


  • Send out the invitations
  • Order your favours
  • Have a second hair trial and deep conditioning treatment
  • Organise thank you presents for the main bridal party
  • Visit the Wedding Ideas Shop for more ideas


  • Final dress fitting
  • Ask your chief bridesmaid to organise your hen party
  • Confirm speeches have been written!
  • Chase unanswered invites
  • Confirm the table plan
  • Buy a guestbook
  • Write a shot list for the photographer. Use our fab FREE photography list planner here
  • Have your final hair colour
  • Confirm the suit hire


  • Relax and enjoy yourself!
  • Delegate everything to your bridesmaids and take a few moments on your own with your new husband to reflect on how amazing the day has been
  • Send your wedding pictures to Wedding Ideas and tell us all about your big day here!

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About Jade Pearson

Jade is a sucker for a rock god and can often be heard purring over their latest exploits. A lifelong Liverpool fan, she loves a bit of rounders too. Just don't get her angry, she's a feisty one! Owner of two ginger cats called Mr Sprinkles and Thomas O'Malley.