Wedding Countdown

Wedding Countdown

Wedding Countdown

Don’t be caught out! Set your diary for our month-by-month wedding checklist

12 MONTHS

  • Decide on budget
  • Fix a date and time
  • Decide on guest numbers
  • Research to find your perfect venue!
  • Check world weather

11 MONTHS

  • Send out save the day cards
  • Take out wedding insurance and include your wedding dress
  • Make appointments to try out wedding dresses
  • Start downloading music if planning a CD for reception
  • Check availability at resorts and get prices

10 MONTHS

  • Book your hotel and wedding package
  • Order invitations and envelopes as well as place cards
  • Inform guests of travel plans and give them your tour operator details so they can work out their own arrangements
  • Set up a Honeymoon Gift List
  • Pick your bridesmaids, ushers and best man
  • Decide on your dress – allow at least four months for a made-to-measure gown to be delivered

9 MONTHS

  • Start thinking about a theme for your wedding
  • Choose and order your bridesmaids outfits
  • Discuss with your wedding planners what documents you need
  • Check your passport is up to date
  • Arrange your travel insurance

8 MONTHS

  • If you are having a religious ceremony, discuss readings and choose music for your service
  • Check whether readings and music are permitted for a civil ceremony

7 MONTHS

  • Choose and order favours
  • Shop for table decorations, confetti and trimmings
  • Choose shoes and accessories for you and your bridesmaids

6 MONTHS

  • Remind your fiancé to get his and the ushers outfits
  • Choose gifts for your attendants, best man, mum and helpers
  • Chase up any guests who haven’t responded.

5 MONTHS

  • Book a consultation with your hairstylist
  • Start your course of Restylane fillers, permanent hair removal, cosmetic tweaks and slimming treatments.

4 MONTHS

  • Go shopping for honeymoon clothes
  • Check whether you need visas or inoculations
  • Start arrangements for your stag and hen party
  • Start your diet and fitness campaign

3 MONTHS

  • Check that you have received all the correct documentation, including travel tickets. Check the details carefully for correct names, dates and times of flights.
  • Inform the tour operator of guests who are staying at different hotels – day passes need to be arranged for them.
  • Book a makeup session at a department store and choose your wedding makeup. Make sure it is heat and water-resistant if you are going to hot climes.
  • Choose your ‘special wedding perfume’
  • Book your pre-wedding hair appointment for cut and colour
  • Choose a company for a gift list and make your selection

2 MONTHS

  • Check that your fiancé has the rings and his wedding clothes
  • Collect your wedding dress
  • Book your beauty treatments, including nails, facial, fake tan, waxing, eyebrow shape, false lashes

1 MONTH

  • Double check that you have all the original documentation for your wedding
  • Make sure you have a suitable luggage carrier for your wedding dress for transportation in the hold of the plane.
  • Buy your sun protection, travel-sized products etc.
  • Boost your diet and fitness plan for fine-tuning
  • Work out the seating plan for your reception
  • Discuss final checklist with your wedding planner.
  • Check that your passport, visas, inoculations and insurance are in place

TWO WEEKS

  • Have your final hair appointment and ask for tips and products. Take photographs to show hairdressers at your destination.
  • Two days prior to departure have beauty treatments including nails, facial, fake tan, waxing, eyebrow shape, false lashes etc.
  • Order your travel cheques and currency
  • Have your stag and hen party

On arrival at your resort

  • Meet the resort’s wedding co-ordinator to check all documentation and set a day, time and location for the ceremony.
  • Choose your flowers, cake and witnesses
  • Order add-ons such as larger cake, more wine, extra buttonholes, photographer, music and transport to the ceremony
  • Check that day passes and special permissions for children have been arranged for guests staying at other hotels.
  • Arrange hairstylist, beauty appointments and spa treatments.

The day before your wedding

  • You will have a wedding rehearsal with your wedding co-ordinator
  • Have a spa massage to relax you for your big day
  • Have a top-up spray tan if needed.

The big day

  • Have your hair and makeup done at the hotel
  • Your wedding co-ordinator will check everything else is in place.
  • Once the Marriage Officer arrives you will receive a call to let you know it’s time to say ‘I Do’

Check your documents!

  • You will need originals – or copies certified by a notary or solicitor of the following. But do check with your wedding tour operator and or wedding planner.10 year passport, valid for at least six months
  • Birth certificates
  • If you are divorced, a decree absolute
  • If widowed, a death certificate and previous marriage certificate
  • An affidavit signed by a solicitor stating no legal objection to the marriage
  • If you have chanced your name by deed poll, proof stamped and signed by a solicitor
  • Visit fco.gov.uk for further details, and do check with your tour operator and wedding planner before you leave for your destination.