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Once all of the initial excitement and trauma of the first few months of wedding planning has taken place, you could be forgiven for thinking you can take your foot of the pedal somewhat, but nothing could be farther from the truth. This article focusses on what needs doing between 3 and 12 months before the dig day and lays out a handy wedding timeline for you to print off and follow during this period.

 

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Wedding Timeline: Ideally 6-12 Months Before the Big Day

 

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Allocate Tasks

This is an ideal time to take a glance through all of the remaining tasks and allocate them to the best suited member of the wedding party.

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Focus on the Honeymoon

Now is a great time to snap up early package deals. If you're booking flights & hotels separately, this is also when they tend to come up for grabs.

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Order the Wedding Dress

It may seem early in the wedding timeline, especially if a diet is planned, but remember that alterations & embellishments can be made at a later date.

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Wedding Timeline: Around 6 Months Before the Big Day

 

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Order the Bridesmaid Dresses

Bridesmaid dresses should always be ordered after the wedding dress and help compliment both it and the colour scheme. This is the time to order them. 

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Wedding Ceremony Practicalities

Firm decisions on readings, music and songs/hymns need making - be sure to double check with the officiant that these are OK.

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Finalise the Guest List

To help with stationery orders, cake decisions, gift lists & more, final decisions on guest lists really need to be made at this point in the wedding timeline.

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Book Music & Entertainment

At this stage in your wedding timeline focus on music & entertainment for the day evening receptions. Music for the ceremony may also need arranging.

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Order the Wedding Cake

Popular cake makers can get booked up early and will strictly limit the number of cakes they make for any one day. Now is the time to get yours sorted.

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Think about Gifts

Now is the time to formalise a wedding gift list. Whether it's a formal list or one you manage yourselves, the detail will be needed for the wedding invites.

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Focus on Wedding Stationery

It can take a few months to turn around stationery requests, especially for bulk orders. Get the ball rolling now so you receive them in plenty of time. 

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Wedding Timeline: Ideally Around 3-6 Months Before the Big Day

 

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Reading of the Banns

For those marrying in the Church of England, you will be required to attend Church on three consecutive Sundays for the reading of the Banns.

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Choose Menus & Drinks

Now is a great time to determine caterers, menus and drinks packages for the reception - you may even be able to head along for a tasting day!

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Spotlight on Wedding Beauty

If you fancy hiring a make-up artist & hairstylist to help out on the day, now is the time to book one. Pencil in a trial day or two at the same time as well.

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Choose a Florist

Make appointments with local florists and visit a few to check out prices and options. Look to make a booking shortly afterwards. 

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Arrange your Wedding Transport

Travel to the venues for all appropriate members of the wedding party needs arranging. You may also with to consider arranging some honymoon travel.

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Send out Your Day Invites

At this stage in the wedding timeline the wedding day invites need issuing. Make sure each invite specifies when replies are required (1-2 months later).

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Organise Balloons and Decor

Decorations will need sorting at this point. Be sure to consider all aspects of the day, from the venues to the transport, when making arrangments. 

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The Wedding Rings

If you're ordering bespoke rings they can take several months to create, so considering the wedding rings at this point is always a good call.

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Arrange Dress Fittings

Wedding and Bridesmaid dress fittings should commence at this point in the wedding timeline with a final fitting pencilled in for a few months time.

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Sort out the Formal Hire

Make appointments for those men in the wedding party who are hiring suits to head along & be measured up. Try to formalise bookings on the same day.

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Send out Your Evening Only Invites

As soon as you've had a reply to all of your wedding day invites, issue the evening ones - you may be able to 'bump up' some couples to the whole day.

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Check out Your Passports

If the marriage will result in a name change, be sure to send off for a new one at least 3 months before the big day.

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For couples not yet at this point in the wedding timeline, we have a seperate wedding to do list article, and for anyone in the last few months of planning, our wedding countdown article should be of great interest.

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Recommended Reading

For those of you wanting to find out more, we've a whole host of other wedding planning articles on our site packed full of expert information and helpful advice, not to mention our online wedding directory that's filled with wedding planners, toastmasters and more.

 
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