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

A full list of venues approved for marriage ceremonies and civil partnership formations can be found here

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