It is not easy to plan a wedding. This is a 12-months check-list to organize your wedding.

  • 12: Make an appointment to see your minister, priest, rabbi or registrar to fix the wedding date and time Book the reception venue, caterer, DJ and/or band
  • 11: With both sets of parents, decide how many guests will be invited and work out a budget and guest list Book your photographer and, if you want one, videographer Make sure the church or wedding venue allows photography
  • 10: Choose your attendants, best man and ushers Decide on your dress (allow at least four months for a made-to-measure dress) Choose and order your attendants' outfits Order your wedding cake Start looking at honeymoon brochures and consider booking early, particularly if you're getting married during high season
  • 9: Find a florist and discuss your flowers, including buttonholes, bouquets and arrangements for the church and reception venue Decide on a company for the wedding gift list and start planning what to ask for Confirm your menu choice and drink order with your caterer
  • 8: If you're getting married in a church, talk to the organist about the music and discuss your choice of readings with the minister. If you're having a civil ceremony, ask the registrar what readings and music are permitted Order invitations and envelopes (allow one invitation per married couple or family), plus place cards, menus and a seating plan
  • 7: Book transport to the wedding venue and on to the reception for you, your parents and attendants, as well as a car to take you to your first-night hotel or the airport
  • 6: Remind your fiancé to hire whatever formalwear he and his ushers require Choose presents for your attendants, best man, etc Choose the wedding ring(s) Have orders of service printed. Remember that if you are having a choir at your wedding, they will need copies, too
  • 5: If you're changing your name, allow plenty of time to have your passport renewed - you'll need to ask the officiating minister or registrar to sign the application form for you
  • 4: Buy going-away and honeymoon clothes. If you're going on a beach holiday after a winter wedding, try to shop in the summer when beachwear is in the shops. Find out if you need visas or inoculations for your honeymoon. Ask your fiancé to book your first-night hotel
  • 3: Make an appointment with a make-up expert to try out different looks Book a wedding rehearsal (these usually take place a couple of days before the wedding)
  • 2: Send out invitations six weeks before the day and keep a list of acceptances and refusals Check that your fiancé has organised the rings, his wedding clothes, first-night hotel and buttonholes Try on your wedding outfit, including headdress, shoes and underwear
  • 1: Inform the caterers of the final number of guests Work out a seating plan Order honeymoon currency and traveller's cheques Visit the hairdresser to try out hairstyles with your veil and tiara Have your hen and stag nights - after all that running around, it's time to party!