What Does a Sample Wedding Planning Timeline Look Like?

Whether you’re planning a leisurely 2-year engagement or getting things organised in 6 months or less, your wedding planning timeline should be created according to your priorities for the day. If you haven’t already, you’ll want to create a master checklist and order your tasks and deadlines by priority. The most important tasks (like securing your venue, vendors and creating a guest list) should be first on the agenda, while smaller tasks can be actioned closer to the day.

Let’s say you’re working with a 12-month wedding planning timeline. Your month-by-month breakdown might look something like this: 

  • 12-10 months: Choose a wedding date. Research and book your wedding venue, photographer and celebrant. Create a wedding budget and savings plan. Draft up a rough guest list.
  • 8-10 months: Continue to book other wedding vendors (eg: caterer, rentals, florist, entertainment, stationery) according to priority. Choose your bridal party members and pop the question.
  • 6-8 months: Find your dream dress. Finalise your guest list and send out your save the dates. Start planning your honeymoon.
  • 4-6 months: Create a wedding website and fill it with essential information for your guests. Attend cake and menu tastings. Organise your pre-wedding beauty appointments.
  • 2-4 months: Send your wedding invitations. Choose wedding rings. Attend hair and makeup trials. Confirm music selections for the day.
  • 1-2 months: Confirm RSVPs and finalise invoices. Create your seating plan and wedding day timeline. Attend dress fittings and alterations. Touch base with all vendors to confirm responsibilities on the day.

For a more in-depth look at the different tasks involved at each stage of your wedding planning, you can find our ultimate wedding planning timeline here.

Planning a wedding on a longer or shorter time frame? No problems! You can simply adjust your timeline according to your priorities. There’s absolutely nothing stopping you from pulling a wedding together in as little as 3 months – you’ll just need to be organised and flexible with the decisions you make and the vendors you work with.