Wedding Planning Timeline

A lot of our wedding couples panic that they might miss a crucial element of their wedding day. This time should hopefully eliminate any of those worries, our Wedding Manual should also help too.

We have started the timeline from when you have booked your wedding with us, usually 12 months prior to the wedding. However if you have less time, not to worry, it just means you have to be more decisive and spend less time on Pinterest!


12 months prior / once you have booked with us

  • Sign Venue Terms & Conditions and return to Sparth House

  • Exactly 12 months before your wedding, you must book your Registrar. See more information in our Wedding Manual.

  • Research suppliers ie. photographer, florist, invitations, cake, decor, music, hair and makeup. Check out our preferred suppliers here.

  • Consider wedding insurance

  • Book Photographer / Videographer (they always book up the first!)

  • Create a Pinterest board to start collating your wedding ideas, this is the best way to show suppliers exactly what you want.

  • Start looking for your dream Wedding Dress

  • Send Save the Dates

  • 12 month payment to Sparth House

  • Decide who will be a part of your wedding party ie. Bridesmaids and Bestman.


8 - 10 months before the big day

  • Decide if you want live music for ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast and evening reception and book.

  • If you have booked a Fully Exclusive wedding with us, start to allocate which guests you would like to stay with us on your wedding night.

  • Book DJ. For more information on how to book our In House DJ please see the Wedding Manual.

  • Book Honeymoon

  • Book Wedding Cake


6 - 8 months to go

  • 6 months payment to Sparth House

  • Make sure you have ordered your wedding dress

  • Ensure passports are up to date for your honeymoon

  • Check that your hen and stag planners are on top of everything

  • Start researching Bridesmaid dresses if required

  • Review budget now that you have booked most of your suppliers and have sent out the Save the Dates

  • Order wedding stationary & invitations


4 - 6 months till you say “i do”

  • Organise Grooms & Groomsman outfits

  • Send out invitations, ensuring that your guests are away they have to RSVP 2 months prior to the wedding

  • Make sure everything is organised with Registrars

  • Have a meeting with venue dresser / florist to discuss plans

  • Book hair and make up trials

  • Book wedding transport if required


2-3 months prior to your wedding

  • 3 months before your wedding you can book any rooms you require at Sparth House. Please note if we have a wedding you may not be able to book any rooms. We suggest the Mercure Dunkenhalgh as it is only 1 mile away.

  • Choose and order wedding rings

  • 2 months before the wedding, contact Sparth House to organise your final meeting and your wedding taster (if required) 6 weeks prior to your wedding day.

  • Start on your table plan

  • Organise any gifts for the Wedding Party


6 weeks to go!

  • Prepare for your final meeting with us, making sure to bring the following… - Table Plan
    - Guest Numbers (Day and Night)
    - Colour Samples for chair covers
    - Guest Dietaries
    - Supplier’s Contact Details List
    - Bedroom Breakdown List (if applicable)
    - Wedding Breakfast choices

  • Final payment to Sparth House


one month left…

  • Any final dress fittings

  • Final meeting with photographer - we always suggest to do this on site

  • Final meeting with venue dresser/florist

  • Call all other suppliers to finalise set up times and other details


the final week countdown

  • Organise with Sparth House when to come in and decorate

  • All the preening that is required

  • Pack an overnight bag for your wedding night

  • Pack for honeymoon is required

  • Make sure to have a small survival kit for your wedding day, ie. safety pins, paracetamol, scissors, pins, sewing kit etc

  • Have a spare pair of heels or flats for later on in your wedding day

  • Make sure anyone who is doing a speech is prepared

  • Do full wedding dress rehearsal from underwear to veil

And that’s it you’re all done! Now just enjoy the best day of your life!

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