Planning A Wedding In Six Months
A simple guide to get you on track for your upcoming wedding
Planning a wedding is incredibly exciting and incredibly stressful. It can easily take over your life and become overwhelming but with a little help on what to do and where to start, it can be much more manageable. Although most couples will spend one or two years planning their wedding, this is not always the case. For varying reasons couples may need to or choose to get hitched much sooner after getting engaged. This list will guide you in planning your wedding in only six months.
SIX MONTHS TO GO
– Agree on a budget that both you and your partner are happy with and create a checklist. This will keep you organised and serve as a reminder so nothing is forgotten.
– Write down your guest list. Start with close friends and family and take it from there.
– Select a few dates. You want to make sure you have options available to you as at short notice you may find the venue you want/the officiant/family members are unavailable.
– Choose a venue and catering. At short notice it would be a good idea to consider a venue that can provide multiple services. For example, a hotel would have accommodation, venue and catering covered or, if you won’t have many out of town guests, a restaurant can be a great idea. Don’t forget to consider ceremony options.
FIVE MONTHS TO GO
– Book all suppliers. Eg, photographer, officiant, florist, cake, band, transport. Don’t forget about hair and make-up. Make a list and tick them off as soon as you have confirmation.
– Choose wedding outfits. You’ll need to think about a wedding dress, groom’s and ushers’ suits and bridesmaid dresses. Don’t forget about accessories too. Shoes, jewellery and find your something old, new, borrowed and blue!
– Send out ‘save the dates’ to make sure your guests put the date in their calendar. The official invitations will be sent closer to the time.
FOUR MONTHS TO GO
– Buy the wedding rings. If you have a ring that is being passed down in your family it would be good to make sure it fits or have it adjusted if needed.
– Send out Invitations. Make sure you include an RSVP so you can get confirmation of numbers.
– Organise your rehearsal dinner if you will be having one.
– Decide on the wedding favours that will be given to each guest on their place setting.
THREE MONTHS TO GO
– Plan your honeymoon if you will be going soon after the wedding.
– Select a wedding breakfast menu with your venue or caterer. You should also meet with your cake baker to select your wedding cake flavours.
– Create your song lists. You will likely want different playlists for each part of the day. Pre/post-ceremony, during the meal, the evening, for example.
– Have a hair and make-up trial. This is one of the things you won’t want to leave until the last minute.
TWO MONTHS TO GO
– Create a seating chart and get your name cards ready. By this point you should have your final numbers .
– Buy gifts for your wedding party. It is usually traditional to buy flowers for the mums and a little something for the bridesmaids and ushers.
– Go through all the legalities. You’ll need to make an appointment with your local council, give notice etc. You can read more on this here.
ONE MONTH TO GO
– Confirm all bookings. You will want to call each and every supplier to re-confirm all details are correct, make sure timings are agreed, all payments have been made etc.
– Get married and enjoy the day you have worked so hard putting together!
Creating a list in the beginning should help you to keep things running smoothly but remember to keep referring back to it and updating it if you think of new additions that you have previously missed.
What do you think about planning a wedding in six months? Would you rather have longer to plan or keep it short and sweet?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.