The holiday season is a time of connecting with loved ones – and often times, this leads to getting engaged! With the new year right around the corner, you may be eager to tie the knot sooner rather than later, and you aren’t alone. While there has been a trend of longer engagements, more and more couples are looking to get married within 6 months of getting engaged. It is easy to get overwhelmed by a shorter timeline for your wedding planning, but fear not! With the right organization not only is it completely possible to plan your wedding in 6 months, but you can do it with minimal stress as well.
- Start With the Basics: It may be tempting to go full throttle right out of the gate, but within the first month of getting engaged it’s important to nail down a few things first, namely your date, your venue, a budget for the wedding, and a guest list. These are the factors that make up the foundation of your wedding and will affect all of your decisions throughout the planning process, including booking a planner, a caterer, and booking hotel room blocks.
- Connect With Your Guests: One of the most popular trends these days is setting up a wedding website, which is the perfect way to share your good news and wedding details with your guests. Another step to complete when you create your wedding website is sending out save-the-dates. Not only do save-the-dates give your guests a tangible reminder of your wedding date, but you can also direct them to your wedding website on the card.
- Now Comes the Fun Part: Attire! Wedding dresses can take months to arrive once ordered, especially if they are custom or need tailoring, so begin your search for the perfect wedding dress ASAP! This goes for your wedding party’s attire as well. Now’s a good time to also book your hair stylists and makeup artists for the big day (including a trial run!), as well as order accessories.
- Logistics, Logistics, Logistics: About two months out is when you’ll want to begin taking care of some of the detailed tasks that come with planning a wedding. Now’s the time to create a seating chart, put together a wedding day timeline, confirm all of your vendors, and get your marriage license.
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Whether it’s favors, choosing the perfect play list for your reception, or purchasing meaningful gifts for your bridal party, small details will pop up in the last couple of months of planning. And that’s ok! Just remember how much this day is going to mean to you and enjoy every moment of the planning process.
- Happily Ever After: Finally, don’t forget about everything to come once you’ve sealed the deal! Purchase stationary for thank you’s and, most importantly, plan that honeymoon of yours!
Photography Credit: Mindy Leigh Photography