Wedding Checklist – The Wedding To-Do List

Before my big day, I was very fortunate in being sent a rather detailed wedding checklist from my soon to be sister-in-law. Now this is a very organised lady who had over 800 ticked items on her Wedding To-Do list. It was a very thorough wedding checklist and so her special day, quite rightly, ran very smoothly. I can be a scatterbrain so narrowed the list down to use myself, giving me a clear outline of everything we needed to research, choose, book, organise, schedule, plan, make and create.

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It hadn’t really occurred to me how much goes into a wedding, especially a very handcrafted, DIY wedding like ours was. Using the list on my phone made sure I didn’t forget anything important. Along the way, my personal elements were added to the list and kept me organised for the big day.

Here is a run down of everything from my Wedding Checklist. Hopefully, it is a basic list that is a helpful starting point for new brides to be that can have items added or removed to fit your wedding.

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I have removed reminders for payments (one of the hardest things to keep track of with deposits and payment breakdowns for everything). I also included parts of my wedding that will not be a part of many brides day, such as doing my bouquets and buttonholes. You can find my other wedding related content here.

My Wedding Checklist

Pre – Wedding

  • Hen do
  • Stag do
  • Engagement ring resized
  • Guest list


  • Marriage notification
  • Church
  • Wedding prep class
  • Letter of freedom
  • Wedding insurance
  • Reception Venue
  • Rings

Guest Information

  • Save the date
  • Wedding invitations
  • Details on website
  • Song Requests
  • Drinks Choices

Service Planning

  • Church hymns
  • Church readings
  • Ask readers and send readings
  • Order of service printed
  • Rehearsal
  • Meeting with Venue
  • Venue Food Choices
  • Groom’s speech


  • Bride –
    • Bridal shoes
    • Wedding dress
    • Veil
    • Bridal Jewelry
    • Bridal underwear
    • Converse
    • Dress alterations
  • Mother of the bride –
    • Dress
    • Shoes
    • Bag
    • Shrug
  • Bridesmaids –
    • Dresses
    • Shoes
    • Body tape
    • Gel shoe pads
    • Shoe Heel Clips
  • Flower girl –
    • Dresses
    • Shoes
    • Tights
    • Cardigan
  • Groomsmen –
    • Trousers
    • Shirts
    • Ties
    • Suits
    • Shoes
    • Groomsmen personalised socks
    • Groomsmen personalised cufflinks
    • Groom Converse

Hair / Makeup

  • Flower girl hair accessories
  • Bridesmaids hair accessories
  • Curlformers
  • Bridal hair accessories
  • Hairdresser and trial
  • Bridal hair – morning
  • Teeth whitening
  • Makeup
  • Brows
  • Waxing
  • Tanning
  • Lashes
  • Nails
  • Groomsmen barber


  • Flower girl basket
  • Flower girl petals
  • Centrepieces Flowers
  • Centerpieces Vases
  • Order Flowers
  • Pins
  • Florist Tape
  • Bouquet Ribbon
  • Florist Scissors
  • Buckets
  • Twine


  • Self Drive Car
  • Groomsmen car
  • Car Ribbon

Wedding Cake

  • Cake Tasting/Consultation
  • Organise arrival and setup
  • Cake Table Decoration – skeleton leaves

Music / Entertainment

  • Organist
  • Violinist
  • Playlist
  • Liability Insurance and PAT Testing
  • Performers – request songs and plan schedule
  • Photobooth props
  • Bubbles
  • Kids table activities
  • Sweet table bags, scoops, jars, sweets


  • Photographer
  • Engagement shoot
  • Photography list
  • Videographer
  • Photo Booth Camera


  • Gift Bags
  • Gift Labels
  • Wedding Morning Gifts –
    • MOB, MOG
    • Bridesmaids & Flowergirls
    • Groomsmen
    • FOB, FOG
    • HTB
  • MOB, FOB, MOG, FOG Speeches Thank you gifts
  • Organist Gift

Details (purchased) –

  • White Umbrellas
  • Petal Confetti
  • Bunting
  • Cake forks
  • Suitcase Baskets
  • Wedding salt and pepper shakers
  • Dancing shoes
  • Wish Jar
  • Confetti Hearts
  • Hessian Table Runners
  • Mr and Mrs Sign – Top Table

DIY’s –

  • Guestbook personalised
  • Personalised Coat hangers
  • Personalised converse
  • Church Sign
  • Postbox
  • Confetti cones
  • Signs
  • Wedding favours

After the Wedding –

  • Thank you cards
  • Photo Albums
  • Update website

I hope that my Wedding Checklist can be a helpful starting point for you if you are starting the journey of planning a wedding!

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Mary Oliver

Mary 24 CRAFTY CREATIVE CLUMSY UK beauty, fashion, lifestyle blogger and vlogger I started this blog in summer 2013 to create my own little space to write relatable content on my personal style for the everyday girl. Yorkshire based lover of tea, floral prints and skater dresses.