Planning your wedding can seem a little overwhelming at the beginning, we get it. There's a lot to remember, so if you're wondering where to even start, this handy wedding checklist, broken down by category, should prove useful.



Create a shortlist of venues

Book your chosen reception and ceremony venue

Pay deposit

Create a guest list

Choose menu

Choose wine for dinner

Organise welcome reception drinks and canapés

Choose midnight snacks

Give final numbers to your venue at least two weeks before the wedding

Have your ceremony rehearsal



Set up appointment with your local registrar

Letters of freedom to marry

Copies of both birth certs and baptismal certs

Copies of both passports

stamp (if either of you aren’t Irish citizens)

Divorce decrees or death certificates of previous spouse (if applicable)



Book your photographer and pay deposit

Give list of any must-have photos (optional)

Book videographer and pay deposit

Discuss any photo or video packages and timings on the day



Wedding dress (plus alterations and fittings)




Shoes (plus spare dancing shoes)


Groom’s suit

Groom’s accessories

Bridal party outfits

Wedding rings



Book hair, makeup and tan (including trials)

Start a good skincare regime

Have regular facials in the run-up to the wedding

Book your wedding manicure

Decide on your wedding scent

Teeth whitening appointments

Botox appointments (optional)

Groom’s hair cut and shave

Put together your emergency wedding day kit


Order of service booklets

Save the dates

Wedding invitations

RSVP cards

Include directions to venue

List of local accommodation options


Place names

Table numbers

Seating plan

Thank you cards



Order any wedding decorations for venue

Book a stylist (optional)

Book your florist

Organise helpers for venue decorating

Book your cake maker



Book your band

Book your DJ (if not included with band)

Give a short list of do/do not play (leave the rest to them!)

Ceremony music

Welcome reception music

Optional extras: live illustrator, photobooth, candy cart, cocktail making stand



Plan the destination

Book flights

Organise accommodation

Apply for visas (if applicable)

Organise vaccinations (if applicable)

Order local currency (if outside Europe)

Put aside money in your budget for this

Pay in full before the wedding

Pack your bags



Organise transport (if necessary)

Gifts for bridal party and parents

Write your vows

Organise who will be doing readings and toasts

Create a day-of schedule

Confirm delivery times with vendors

Organise cash to be paid to suppliers on the day (give to your best man or maid of honour)

Put together a bathroom essentials box

Pack overnight bag for reception