Your Wedding Checklist

Your Wedding Checklist

Your wedding checklist

Wedding Checklists

Planning a wedding is exciting, but it can also be an intimidating task. For lots of couples, it will be your first time organising any sort of event together. Where do you even begin?

As soon as you get engaged…

  • Sit down with your other half and discuss your ideal wedding to make sure you're on the same page
  • Draw up a budget (see below)
  • Start planning the guest list. Decide on an approximate number of guests - this may impact on your choice of venues
  • Pick potential wedding dates - check with important guests to avoid clashes
  • Research potential wedding venues (and ceremony locations if separate)
  • Pop the question to your bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Enlist any helpers/talented friends and family with aspects of the wedding (for the cake, flowers, dresses etc)

We’ve helped lots of people through the process, so we thought it might prove useful to pull together a list of everything you need to think about during the journey. Here’s the breakdown:


To book




Flowers and other decorations

Photographer and/or videographer

Live music and/or DJ




Hair and make-up (trials and on the day)

Block book accommodation for guests in a selected hotel 

Wedding day transportation

Wedding insurance


Things to buy/make

Save-the-Date and/or Invitations

Wedding outfits for the couple and wedding party

Wedding rings

Presents for the wedding party

Wedding favours

Decorations for the reception venue and ceremony space

Jobs to do

Write and send out the Save-the-Date and/or invitations

Keep a record of all replies

Decide who will make speeches and who will do the readings

Design the seating plan

Print placecards

Think about dancing lessons and practise

Make a playlist


Questions to ask your venue

Do I have to use the in-house caterers?

Can you recommend other suppliers to us?

Do you charge corkage?

How long can you hold our wedding date for?

Will there be other events going on during our wedding?

Do we have access to the venue the night before/day after the wedding?

Do you have deals with local hotels?

Can we get married and have our reception with you?

Can guests throw confetti?

Do we get a menu tasting?

What time can you serve alcohol until?

What time do we need to turn the music off?

Do you arrange the registrar?

Where do coupes usually have their photos taken?

Who will look after us on the day?

Do we have to hire furniture and crockery?

Do you have a cloakroom?

This is just the beginning! There are lots of other, more detailed questions you should consider, so we’ve pulled them together in a separate piece here.


Using your task list, create a schedule of timings of by when you need to have completed jobs. Remember, venues can get booked up over a year in advance and lots of wedding dresses need to be ordered nine months before the big day, so do your research when putting together a timeline. Also include in the dates by which all of your bills need to be paid.

Budget planner

Make a list of all of the things that will, or could potentially cost you money. Share this with your venue as they will be able to help you see if there are any areas you’ve forgotten to include.

Weddings at No.11 Cavendish Square

Our event managers would be delighted to book you in for a show round at our central London venue. We have several wedding spaces available for a range of different sized weddings or civil partnerships in both the contemporary and original Georgian part of our venue. Give the team a call on 020 7307 2474 to discuss your dream day.


4 August 2017
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