Your ceremony checklist
Firstly, congratulations to you both!
It is now time to start planning and getting organised for your big day. We are here to help you through the process too, so if you have any queries you can always contact us.
|When||What needs to be done|
up to two years before your big day....
Decide where and when you would like to get married or form your civil partnership
Provisionally book your venue
Book our Registration Services, if required. Here in Milton Keynes we can take a booking for a marriage or civil partnership up to two years in advance, other registration districts may have different timescales so it is best to check directly with them. Please be aware that some dates can be more popular than others but we are able to do a number of ceremonies each day so you may need to have a selection of times in mind for your special day
Appoint bridesmaids / best man
Book photographer / videographer
Book caterers (if required)
Start thinking about what to wear
Sort your wedding insurance
|10 to 12 months before the big day||
Make sure you have all of your documents ready for your notice of marriage or civil partnership appointment and then book your appointment at your local register office.
Confirm your venue, if not already done
Book the wedding cars
Organise the flowers
Decide on what you're all going to wear
Compile your guest list
Order the cake
|6 to 10 months before||
Plan the hen and stag do's
Send invitations and gift list
Book hair and make up for the day
Book the honeymoon
Buy the rings
Decide on catering and decoration suppliers
3 to 6 months before
Ensure you have completed your notices (legal preliminaries)
Decide if there are any name changes and arrange passport amendments, if required
Finalise honeymoon arrangements
Think about local accommodation for yourself and guests
Send out invitations with information about parking, accommodation and other guest information
Arrange gifts for special guests
Pay any outstanding balances for your ceremony
2 to 3 months before
Complete and return your ceremony choices form from your ceremony brochure
Book your hair, nails, make up and any other special treatments
1 month before
Notify banks and doctor of change of name and address
Chase up guests and give final list to caterers
Enjoy the hen and stag nights!
Check all arrangements are in place
Ensure you have sent all forms and any readings or music to the Registration Service you are using
1 week to go!
Time the journey to make sure there are no unexpected delays
Check that your ceremony attire fits
Check witnesses and other special guests are prepared for your big day
Pack for your honeymoon!
Last Updated: 20 April 2021