Whether you have put off the wedding planning and are left with just six months to get everything together or you have just six months from the date of the “Yes!” to the date of the “I do!” it doesn’t change the fact that there’s a lot to do in just six short months. You want your big day to go smoothly and be that wedding day you’ve always imagined, right? It’s important to make sure you have all bases covered along the way.
First Things First
There are some things that need to be taken care of first. They will help you prepare for the tasks you will need to complete later and they will also need to be completed before anything else can be done. Make sure you have an app, a folder on your computer, or even a binder where you can keep all of your notes and important documents that you will need to keep as you go through the process of planning a wedding in 6 months. You will need to start with these steps:
- Create a wedding planning checklist
- Pick a date (or a range if you are flexible)
- Figure out a budget
- Start making your guest list
- Book your wedding venue and caterer
- Set up a wedding registry
- Ask those you’d like to include in your wedding party
Once these first tasks are taken care of you can consider yourself well on your way to planning your wedding in a short period of time. Sometimes it can be hard, with such short notice, to book a venue or caterer, so being flexible is important.
Find the Right Vendors
As soon as you have your vendor and caterer established, you have an official wedding date. With this date solidified, it is time to book additional vendors that will make your wedding day possible. Sometimes the venue representatives can make recommendations for vendors they work with often.
- Cake baker
- Music (think about music during both the ceremony and the reception)
- Officiant (whether you want a religious ceremony or a Justice of the Peace)
- Photographer and/or videographer
You may want other vendors to help make your big day special so be sure to look around. You also want to interview the vendors you speak with to make sure their services match your needs.
More Wedding Planning
It’s time to make sure the bride and groom, as well as the wedding party, is dressed for the big day. While it doesn’t take as long to make sure the men look snappy because tuxes (or suits) are easier to buy or rent and have fitted, a wedding dress can take a few months to have ordered and then get tailored if needed. It’s important to get this done as soon as possible in your planning so there is time to make adjustments in the attire if needed. You will also need to arrange for:
- Makeup & Hair Stylists
- Rentals (if needed, for the tables/chairs/tents/tableware/etc.)
Make sure you start planning your rehearsal dinner well in advance, start planning your honeymoon so everything is ready to go, and have a trial run with hair and makeup. Because wedding rings in your sizes may need to be ordered, it is important to purchase those at least a couple of months before the big day.
The Fun Before the Big Day
The wedding party is usually in charge of planning the wedding shower as well as the bachelor and bachelorette parties. This is a chance for the bride and groom to relax and have some fun. Planning your wedding can be a bit nerve-wracking but these celebrations can help break up the tension and allow you to enjoy yourselves.
Last Minute Details
Meeting with your caterer to set the menu for the reception is important. Be sure that once the menu is set, you can arrange to taste the food. Once you decide on a design for your wedding cake with the baker, they will want you to decide on flavors. You can usually taste the different flavors at their shop before making your decision. It can be fun to make hard decisions about your wedding! You will also need to make up a song list with the DJ or other musical entertainment that you’ve arranged. Buying gifts for your wedding party is a tradition and these should be thoughtful. Don’t forget gifts for the parents. Be sure to send out the invitations with enough time so that guests can make arrangements to be there. (Sending out “save the date” cards can help let people know that a big event is going to happen soon.)
Don’t Forget These!
In the final weeks before your wedding, you will need to obtain your marriage license. Each region will have different laws about what is necessary to get one, so be sure to do your research beforehand. You will also want to contact the venue, caterer, baker, and every other vendor to make sure there are no hiccups in the arrangements already made. All that is left is a seating chart (if you plan on having one) and then the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
The Big Day
It is possible to plan a wedding in just 6 months if you keep tabs on what you need to get done, what you have done already, and what you still need to do. Be sure to keep tabs on all of your vendors by staying in contact. If you feel overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to reach out to your soon-to-be spouse for help, or even those in your wedding party. Parents can be a big source of support as well. Your big day will be the beautiful celebration you dreamt it to be with just 6 months of planning and hard work.