Planning Your Wedding In Six Months – Everything You Need To Know
The average couple take 18 months to plan their big day but months of planning isn’t for everyone.
You might have a specific reason for wanting to get married within a certain time frame, or maybe you just don’t fancy months and months of planning but whatever your reason, don’t worry. With some careful planning, six months will be plenty of time to arrange your special day.
Here’s how to do it…
Your Six Month Wedding Planner
If you are planing a wedding in six months, then compromising is the key to making your day a success. With a shorter planning timeline you may find limited availability for wedding dates and supplier availability but you will be able to find something that will suit.
Six months to go…
With six months to plan your wedding, this initial stage of the planning is going to be very busy but by doing the groundwork now, you will have the bulk of your big wedding planning tasks complete in no time at all.
- Book Your Wedding Venue and Ceremony
You can’t really do anything else until you have the date and location of your wedding sorted, so the very first thing you need to do is to find a wedding venue.
Allocate a block of time to go and visit a short list of your favourite wedding venues. It’s worth checking their availability for your preferred wedding dates before you go to visit and be prepared to compromise; it’s unlikely larger wedding venues would have a Saturday free during the summer months but a mid week date will have more availability and come at a lower cost. Bonus!
2. Send Out Your Wedding Invitations
Once you have your wedding venue and ceremony booked, sending out your invitations is the next thing to do, giving your guests the maximum amount of notice that you can.
3. Book Your Caterers
Your venue may include catering but if it doesn’t, then aim to book your caterers within a month of choosing your wedding venue.
4. Choose Your Wedding Dress
With six months to go before your wedding day, you may find that won’t be enough lead time for many dress designers. When you visit a bridal shop, make sure they are aware of your shorter time frame and they can guide you towards designers that have shorter lead times for getting your wedding dress.
High street wedding dresses and sample dresses will also be perfect options for you to look at.
5. Book Your Cornish Wedding Photographer
Wedding photographers get booked up pretty quickly, sometimes as early as two years in advance, so aim to contact a few that you like with your chosen wedding date.
If you have picked an unusual wedding date rather than a traditional summer Saturday, you are much more likely to have more choice with your shorter time frame. If you have secured a mid week wedding date, remember to ask if your local wedding photographer offers a reduced rate.
Five months to go…
With five months to go it will be time to book all the other services that you need for your big day, again, confirming any mid week discounts if this is going to be relevant.
6. Book Any Remaining Suppliers
With five months until the big day, the suppliers you should be looking to book include: your florist, decor hire, cake maker, hair and make-up, the band or DJ and your master of ceremonies (if required).
Four months to go…
With four months until you say “I do” you are really getting down to the finer details.
7. Arrange Outfits for your Bridal Party
You have four months to go, so now is the time to arrange suit hire for the groom and groomsmen and you can also go shopping for your bridesmaids.
8. Plan Your Hen and Stag Parties
Luckily this is a task you can easily delegate to your best man and maid of honour.
With only a few months notice, you may find it difficult to organise a full weekend away having everyone able to attend, but a night out not far from home should mean most people should be able to make it.
Three months to go…
With three months to go it’s getting close now! Take a look at the little extras that will help to make your wedding more personal.
9. Find Your Wedding Shoes and Bridal Jewellery
You’ve got your wedding dress but now it’s time to find the little things that will complete your wedding look. Start looking for bridal shoes and wedding jewellery that will fit with your wedding style.
10. Buy Additional Reception Decor
If you plan on hiring any wedding items, then you’ve probably taken care of this already when you booked your remaining suppliers but if you haven’t, you can now look at the little details that will make your wedding extra special and more personal. Shop for things like table decorations, wedding garlands and fun photo props.
11. Choose Your Rings
Give yourself plenty of time to order your wedding rings, particularly if you are having something bespoke made for you.
Two months to go…
With only two months left until your big day, it’s time to chase up any remaining RSVPs and liaise with your wedding venue/ photographer about the timeline for the day.
12. Book Your Honeymoon
Whether it’s a mini-moon straight after the wedding, or a more extravagant celebration later in the year, think about booking your honeymoon. You might even be able to grab yourself a last minute deal!
13. Create Your Table Plan
Once you’ve chased up your remaining RSVPs, you can start to put together your table plan.
If you are ordering this from a specialist supplier, then make sure you leave plenty of time and have your initial conversation when you are at the stage of booking your other suppliers.
One month to go!
With one month left you should be pretty much done. Now is the time to do any final adjustments…
14. Buy Gifts For Your Wedding Party
With just a few weeks to go until the wedding, it’s a nice idea to buy some thank you gifts for your bridal party to show your appreciation for their support over the last few months.
15. Write Your Speeches
If you are giving speeches then save yourself a lot of stress by writing them early. With a month to go until the wedding, it’s a good time to put pen to paper and start drafting your special words.
16. Have Any Final Outfit Adjustments
Try on your bridal outfit one last time and make sure any final adjustments are completed.
Finally, it’s time to relax! With one month to go until your wedding, try to find a little time to switch off and recharge those batteries; you deserve it!
If you are planning a wedding in Cornwall in six months time and are looking for a Cornish Wedding Photographer for your special day, please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear your wedding day plans.