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What to Do Six Months Before Your Wedding

It’s hard to believe, but your wedding day is just six months away!

While that may seem like a lot of time, the truth is that the months leading up to your wedding can fly by. And six months may even be pushing it for some wedding plans!

That’s why it’s so important to start preparing early. Here’s a rundown of what you need to do in the months leading up to your wedding to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

man and woman looking at wedding rings

Why is it important to start wedding preparations early?

Wedding preparations can be overwhelming, especially if you’re trying to do everything on your own.

By starting early, you can spread out the work and make sure that everything gets done.

Additionally, many vendors book up well in advance, so if you wait too long to start planning, you may not be able to get the services or products you want.

Book Your Venue and Vendors

One of the first things you need to do is book your venue and vendors. For some, six months may not be ample time, so don’t procrastinate with your vendors and venue selection.

The sooner you do this, the better, as popular venues and vendors can book up months (or even years) in advance.

If you have your heart set on a particular photographer or caterer, don’t wait too long to reach out—they may not be available if you wait until the last minute.

Start Shopping for Your Dress

Once you have your venue and vendors booked, it’s time to start shopping for your dress.

Again, the sooner you start looking, the better.

It can take weeks or even months to find the perfect dress, and you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to find the one that makes you feel like a million bucks.

Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to finding the perfect wedding dress for more tips.

Begin Planning Your Honeymoon

Your wedding may be the biggest event of your life, but don’t forget about your honeymoon!

Start planning your dream honeymoon early so you can take advantage of any deals or promotions that come up.

And if you’re planning on going somewhere exotic, remember that you’ll need to get any necessary vaccinations well in advance (six months is usually plenty of time).

Start working on your guest list.

This one can be tricky, especially if you’re trying to please both sets of parents while staying within your budget.

My best advice is to make three separate lists—one for each set of parents, and one for you and your fiancé—and then combine them into one master list.

That way, everyone feels like they had a say in who gets invited, and you can avoid any hurt feelings down the road.

 Block out hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.

If you have friends or family coming in from out of town, now is the time to start looking into hotel blocks.

Many hotels offer discounts when you block a certain number of rooms, so this is a great way to save some money while making sure your guests have a place to stay.

Just be sure to do this early; once again, good hotels fill up fast!

Choose your bridal party.

This may seem like an easy task, but it’s actually one of the harder parts of wedding planning!

You want to choose people who will be supportive throughout the process and whom you know you can count on come wedding day—but you also don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings if they don’t make the cut.

If you’re having trouble deciding who to ask (and who not to ask), sit down with your fiancé and make a list of pros and cons for each potential bridesmaid or groomsman.

That should help you narrow things down pretty quickly!

Plan your engagement party (if you’re having one).

An engagement party is a great opportunity to celebrate your new relationship status with all your closest family and friends—but it’s also a lot of work! If you’re planning on throwing an engagement party, start by deciding on a date, guest list, and location.

Then move on to bigger tasks like finding a caterer and sending out invitations. And don’t forget about little details like decor and favors!

Decide on a budget—and stick to it!

Wedding planning can be expensive, so it’s important to decide on a budget as soon as possible. Once you’ve done that, try your best not to go over that number—no matter how tempting it may be!

There are plenty of ways to save money while still having the wedding of your dreams; it just takes a little creativity (and maybe some tough decisions).

To Sum It All Up.

6 Months Out:

Start by creating a guest list. This will determine how many people you need to accommodate and will give you an idea of your overall budget. Once you have a number in mind, start looking for venues that fit your guest count and fall within your budget.

Start researching and booking vendors, including your catering company, florist, photographer, and band or DJ. These are usually booked up well in advance, so it’s important to start early. You’ll also want to begin looking for your wedding dress around this time. Start by looking online and in magazines for inspiration, then make appointments at a few different bridal shops.

3 Months Out:

 Mail out save-the-dates so your guests can begin making travel arrangements, if necessary. At this point, you should also book any transportation for yourself and your wedding party on the day of the wedding.

2 Months Out:

  • Order your invitations and begin addressing them. If you’re doing them yourself, make sure to factor in enough time for printing, cutting, and assembly.
  • You should also put together a wedding website at this point where guests can find information about your registry, directions to the venue, accommodation options, etc.

1 Month Out:

  • Confirm final details with all of your vendors, including the menu, decorations, seating chart, music selections, etc.
  • Make sure you have everything you need for the day of the wedding as well, including marriage licenses, rings, vows, etc. 

2 Weeks Out:

  •  Have one final fitting for your dress and order any necessary alterations.
  • Make appointments for hair and makeup trials so you can figure out what you want to do on the big day.
  • Pack for your honeymoon!

1 Week Out:

  •  Provide last-minute items to vendors such as table numbers and place cards as well as tips or gratuities if not included in the contract)
  • Send out a final reminder email or text to all of your guests with all the pertinent information they’ll need for the big day.
  • Make sure everyone in the wedding party has their outfits and accessories ready to go as well as any other items they might need such as emergency sewing kits or extra bobby pins.
  • Delegate tasks such as greeting guests and taking coats to trusted family members or friends so you can relax and enjoy your big day! 

Getting married is a huge undertaking, so it’s important to start preparing early and to keep yourself on a schedule..

By booking your venue and vendors and beginning to shop for your dress at least six months before your wedding, you’ll give yourself plenty of time to cross everything off your list and enjoy the lead-up to your big day stress-free.

Trust us—it’ll be worth it when everything goes off without a hitch on the big day!

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