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The Ultimate Wedding Checklist

The Ultimate Wedding Checklist

In order to plan your wedding to perfection, the wedding planners here at Swancar have compiled a wedding checklist to ensure your big day goes as smooth as possible. Based on a 12 month plan, the ultimate wedding checklist lists everything from reserving the date and choosing your dress, to finalising the menu and flowers. Here’s to excellent wedding planning…

First things first

Once the dust has settled after the engagement, here are a few basic but essential things to think about before deep diving into making any concrete plans:

  • Draw up a budget
  • Roughly plan a guest list
  • Decide what date you want you roughly want to get married
  • Ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen for their honour
  • Do you want a church wedding or an all-in-one?
  • Do you want an engagement party?

Things to do 12 months before the wedding

  • Narrow down your wedding venue favourites and GET IT BOOKED
  • Make sure you organise the legalities – registrar etc.
  • Begin to look into photographers, hair and make-up services, cake makers, decoration and colour, florists
  • What kind of entertainment do you want for your wedding? A band, DJ, magician?!
  • Look into wedding dress styles
  • Decide on guests and numbers
  • Photographers can get busy so it’s best to book your wedding photographer now
  • Send save the dates – exciting!

Things to do 8-10 months before the wedding

  • Book the entertainment and music for the wedding reception
  • Book honeymoon
  • Look into suits for the groomsmen
  • Order your wedding cake
  • Reserve accommodation for your guests
  • If you’re planning on a lavish stag/hen do, make sure you get it booked

Things to do 6 months before the wedding

  • Make sure your passports are in date for your honeymoon
  • Finalise hen do and stag do plans
  • Choose bridesmaids’ dresses
  • Research your perfect wedding ring
  • Book the florist
  • Book wedding transport
  • Book your make-up artist and hairdresser

Things to organise three months before the wedding

  • Send out wedding invites
  • Order wedding rings
  • Book groomsmens’ suits
  • Organise dress fittings for yourself and the bridesmaids
  • Organise a make-up and hair trial day with your chosen stylists
  • Think about wedding gifts for bridesmaids and parents
  • Organise wedding favours

Things to organise 4 weeks before the wedding

  • Review final RSVPs and chase those who haven’t responded
  • Have a final dress fitting just to make sure
  • Welcome baskets are a popular wedding trend – perfect for guests who are arriving from out of town
  • Create your table plan

Things to organise 1 week before your wedding

  • Print name cards for your table
  • Get booked in for your beauty treatments – massage, waxing etc
  • Pack for your honeymoon if you’re going straight from the venue
  • Organise any bills that need to be paid to suppliers
  • Pack an overnight bag for the wedding reception

The day before your wedding!

  • With everything ticked off your list, this day should be a total relax day
  • Think about chilling out with friends and getting a good night’s sleep


If organising weddings isn’t one of your strong points, our dedicated Wedding Planners will help plan your day and ensure it all runs smoothly. Swancar is an idyllic setting for your most special celebration. Set amidst 250 acres of rolling Nottinghamshire countryside, our beautiful 16th century country house provides a romantic, elegant backdrop for your special day. Book your wedding in Nottingham!

Call 0115 930 6528



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