Amy Blenkhorn
Amy Blenkhorn 18 Mar 2019


So we have just booked our Nov 2020 wedding but now we are at a loss as to when to do what? When to buy the dress, when to book the hair? Any tips? X

Hayley Marden
Hayley Marden 18 Mar 2019

I don't get married till August 2020 I have booked up nearly everything. If you do it now you get 2019 prices. Do it when you want and do something each month and makes it less stressful

Rebecca H
Rebecca H 18 Mar 2019

Hi I'm getting married 2020 too. Have sorted venue, special guest, photographer , think I found my dress although it has to be made to my Color I want. Started buying stuff for evening like bubbles. Pic props etc. Dates get booked well in advanced. Start looking and have fun organising

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

I have a 2020 wedding and everything is more or less booked and deposits are paid

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

Download the app Bridebook.. it’s brilliant and tells you what you need to do, when.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

Bridebook is the best thing to use.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

Make sure if you’ve booked the venue, you’ve rang up and booked the registrar! I was amazed that even 2 years in advance, I couldn’t have the time slot I wanted for the ceremony and had to pick a later one! If you’ve paid the deposit then, then that time is definitely yours!

Nicola Spendelow
Nicola Spendelow 19 Mar 2019

Hi! I’m a photographer and I would definitely advise you to look into booking your photographer! We get booked up super far in advance, I already have a booking for November 2020 so definitely if you have a style or specific photographer in mind then definitely enquire soon! 😊 have fun planning!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

Hey once the venue was booked I booked pretty much everything else and put deposits down just to secure the date with everyone x

Tonye Brown
Tonye Brown 19 Mar 2019

I'm Oct 2020 and the only thing I need to book is a car and hair/makeup. Everything else is booked

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

Were getting married july 2020, once we'd booked the venue and set the date. We then booked everything else and paid all deposits. We found that every one was almost booked up even a year and half in advance xx

Amee Goulding
Amee Goulding 19 Mar 2019

I booked all of mine by the year before and got my dress ( i get married on 18th may this year ) i also found it gave me more time to pay things off. X

Nicola Campbell
Nicola Campbell 19 Mar 2019

Iam get married in October 2022 I've already booked my venue my piper my DJ my photographer and got my dress as it was on sale from 1500 to 400

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

Well mines a rush I'm getting married in August so I gave my self 5 months to plan a wedding

Paige Warwick
Paige Warwick 19 Mar 2019

we’re July 2020, so far we have booked ..
Hair & Make Up
Venue Dresser
Magic Mirror
Invitations & Save The Dates
Hotel Rooms 🙂 xxx

Viki Steele
Viki Steele 19 Mar 2019

We get married June 2020 once the date and venue was set we booked most things with deposits to secure them as you get this year price and also we found that most things were all ready running out of spare dates x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

I’d start looking for a dress about 8 months before. Depending on what dress you choose it might have to be ordered in, and it can take up to 6 months to come in, then you need fittings/alterations etc! The more time you give yourself for that the better really xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

Im getting married October 2020
So far we’ve booked/sorted and all deposits are paid
Venue inc. dj, disco, food, decorations, chair covers, sashes etc
Photo booth
Hair and make up
Hotel rooms
Save the dates
Wedding signs
Colour scheme
Table plans & table numbers & table decoration
guest lists & evening guests list.
Guest book & plaque
Sweet cart

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

Book any suppliers as soon as you can - we’re already filling up the diary for next year, and I know some photographers that are already booking 20201!!
(And you’ll generally get this year’s prices if you’re booking now, even if your wedding’s not til 2020/2021)

Caroline Larner
Caroline Larner 19 Mar 2019

Dresses generally take 9 months to come in but can take as long as 12. Also remember to allow up to 10 weeks for alterations. It personally took me quite a long time to find a dress so you might want to allocate a few months to finding the one! If you wait until April all the new ranges should be in so you can start having a look if you want but unless you find your dream dress it's probably worth waiting until September ish when the next season's dresses will be in. Bridal shops will be able to advise you.

With hair and makeup I'd start having a look in the summer as the makeup artists should have lots of recent pictures of brides up on their website/Instagram/Facebook pages for you to see their style. If you see someone you like have a trial, even if it's just for a night out, and see if you like their work. If you do I'd book them around 10-12 months in advance as good makeup artists get booked up quickly, although winter is generally a quieter time for weddings. I'd book a hair and makeup trial around 6 weeks before the wedding day for you and your bridesmaids etc. if you're having them so you can get an idea of what you'll look like on the day and tweak anything you're not happy with.

This is such an exciting time and these are some of the most enjoyable parts so make sure to enjoy it and try not to get too stressed! :-)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

Look for a dress 1 year before the wedding, order dress no later than 9 months including bridesmaids, hair and makeup book a few months in advance. Draw yourself a wee timeline or mark on your calendar so you know when to start looking for certain things, when to order, when all the payments are due. I've a lovely wedding planner which has everything laid out for me

Leanne Evenson
Leanne Evenson 19 Mar 2019

Were getting married 12.03.2020 we started booking last year

Venue booked
Registry booked
Dress bought
Bridesmaid dresses bare 1 bought
Photographer booked
Mirror booked
Suits bought
Shoes done
Flower girl and page boy sorted
Bouquets sorted

Favours will be done next year Jan
Cakes booked in for next year
Honeymoon being booked at end of the year

All done on a budget most made by myself done this way to save money and spread the cost x

Leigh Burton
Leigh Burton 19 Mar 2019

I'm getting married Oct 2020 and I've just brought my dress as I fell in love with it and the store aren't stocking them anymore after they are gone, so paid it there and then

Hayley Wright-Mitchell
Hayley Wright-Mitchell 19 Mar 2019

There’s an app called Bridebook. It breaks down all the tasks you need to do month by month. You can also set your budget and search vendors there. It was a life saver for me cos I didn’t have the foggiest idea where to start after setting the date and choosing the venue lol

Hayley Marden
Hayley Marden 19 Mar 2019

I'm going wedding dress shopping a year before I get married then getting bridesmaids and hiring suits for men thats all I have left for my wedding in August 2020

Jacqueline Young
Jacqueline Young 19 Mar 2019

We get married this June but booked our reception 4 years ago n photo/video 3 years ago. Things book up so early so better safe than sorry 😊

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

Book it all early so you have the pick of everyone. I remember getting engaged in the March and booking my hair and make up straight away so I could have who I wanted we literally spent two weeks after we got engaged booking everything from flowers to cars and then we started on what we wanted it to look like and started on collecting things for the table xxx

Katie Pearson
Katie Pearson 19 Mar 2019

Bride Book app is amazing. Gives you lots of dates to work too x

Wilma Beaton
Wilma Beaton 19 Mar 2019

I get married may 2020 and i booked my dj and piper last year as was told to book 2 years in advance xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

We’re 14th November 2020, I already have my dress and have spoken to some salons about hair and makeup will have trails next year. We have our venue, cars, photographer and flowers x

Chelsea-Anne Horrocks
Chelsea-Anne Horrocks 19 Mar 2019

Some places you can provisionally book your registrar now so of you can do that, book your venue and just get cracking. We're November 2021 and habe alot of the big stuff booked alreasy and aim to have rest done by end of this year. That way we can sit back and watch the balance owed getting smaller and can relax haha.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

2020 seems to be a very popular year. We r getting married in May 2020. And a few things/people we wanted were already booked for our date. U can never be too organised! In regards to a dress, if it a boutique u will be getting it from I would start looking a year in advance and order within 9 months of the wedding. How exciting! Happy planning xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

We only had 9 months between getting engaged and the wedding (next month! Woop!) - Looking at various websites and wedding planners online I was initially a bit worried we wouldn't have enough time to do everything (many have countdown timelines of what to do when) but we have (and have even had some good discounts for booking with just a few months to go). I guess it partly depends what sort of wedding you want. We didn't want anything too pretentious and weren't dead set on having certain suppliers and things who might have got booked out early so it worked well for us. You have LOADS of time to plan it all! Enjoy! :-)

Debbie Osborne
Debbie Osborne 19 Mar 2019

I'm getting married June 2020..have chosen maid of honour and best man... booked church and reception venue...doing the rest during the summer

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

There’s no such thing as too soon!! We booked our venue two and a half years in advance and still only got one of the last remaining spring dates!!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

Have to be honest apart from booking the church and reception venue in have no idea what to do next. Looking at summer 2020! Any planner type suggestions

Rachel Connell
Rachel Connell 19 Mar 2019

I’m getting married in November 2020 too. Im going to get my dress in October November this year. Ive already booked
Venue dresser
Sent out STDs
Wedding cake cake pops for favours.
Magic mirror
Signing waiters
Hair and make up

I just need to sort out but will be at the end of this year start of next year I will sort these out.
Wedding dress and accessories
Bridesmaids dresses and accessories

If you want a certain someone/ company to be part of your wedding then it doesn’t matter how early you book them. The main thing is... is that you have booked them and they are coming to your wedding, an not you leaving it to a time scale an them saying sorry we are booked on that date. If you want them book them now. I hope this helps xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

Book venue

Kayleigh Burton
Kayleigh Burton 19 Mar 2019

This was in my wedding planner book. I guess it could be used as a rough idea. Happy planning!!!

A member uploaded image

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

I’m November 2020 too and have bought my dress and put deposits on everything else to book - venue, registrar, decorations, photo booth, etc xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

We get married also November 2020...... very very organised so at standstill at minute.... got my dress, booked photo booth, room decor package inc sweetcart, arranged cake, flowers and hair (through who we know).... the more you get in front the better, if possible xxx

Emma Marriott
Emma Marriott 19 Mar 2019

I get married Aug 2021 and only booked venue and church 😟

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

Ellie Genevieve Taylor - gives you some idea!

Rachael Watkinson
Rachael Watkinson 19 Mar 2019

Gosh you all seem very organised. We have only just booked our venue for April 2020 and haven't done anything else.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Mar 2019

I booked my wedding last March and I get married July 2020. Everything's booked with at least a deposit paid. I wanted to get as much sorted as quick as poss. I did have a few funny looks when I booked so early but it's done!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 20 Mar 2019

My hubby is a wedding photographer and his bookings already run through into 2021. He's 50% booked through 2020 already. Definitely not too early to get organised with the bigger items such as that, venue, catering and bands/djs etc. Dresses also have at least 6m lead times etc. So when I got married, I chose my dress in the oct/Nov and we got married the following June. xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 20 Mar 2019

As a cake designer I would suggest finding your local bakers and arranging a consultation with them as I already have wedding cake bookings into 2021 :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 20 Mar 2019

If you have a look on Google for wedding checklists it should give you a good idea of when people usually book/shop etc. Good luck

Hayley Marden
Hayley Marden 20 Mar 2019

Best to booked in for April 2020 now as alot of people get booked up fast

Lindi Kleu
Lindi Kleu 20 Mar 2019

Listen to the Rock My Wedding podcast (there’s other good wedding podcasts too!) but they have an episode about wedding planning 👍🏼 xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 22 Mar 2019

Can't believe you are getting married it doesn't seem 5 minutes since you were 16 time flies xx

Becky Mitchinson
Becky Mitchinson 27 Mar 2019

I would make a start as most people like to book in advance now have a few options incase one is already booked xx


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