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

Essential

  • 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

Outfits

  • 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

Flowers

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

Transportation

  • 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

Photography

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

Gifts

  • 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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