How To Plan A Wedding In 6 Months: A Monthly Timeline
Can you really plan a wedding in 6 months? Absolutely! The average engagement in the UK last 20 months, but some couples choose to marry in a much shorter time frame. With our handy planning tips and month-by-month timeline, we can help you plan your dream wedding in 6 months.
6 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING
Before you start the wedding planning process, it's important to ensure you have a wedding checklist in place. This online checklist from Hitched is ideal as it allows you to tick of those to do's on the go!
As you have a 6 month wedding timeline, you will need decisions quickly. The first three items on the checklist are:
- Choose your wedding date
- Agree your budget
- Figure out your guest list
When it comes to wedding dates, you may have to be flexible as many of the key summer months and weekends get booked 1-2 years in advance. It's good to have a rough idea of dates with 3-4 options ready for looking at wedding venues. Agreeing your wedding budget at the beginning is vital, it allows you to stay on track from the very beginning. Figuring out your guest list and final numbers means that you have narrowed down venues before you even start the process of finding your dream venue (saving you previous time!).
BOOK YOUR WEDDING VENUE
You haven’t officially set your date until you confirm your booking with the venue so this is an important one to cross of the list early. With such a short timeline, an all-inclusive venue with wedding packages might be a good option, but be open to any venue with availability that can hold your guest numbers and is within budget. As you're planning to get married within the next 6 months, some venues may have late availability offers you can take advantage of. If your chose venue does not have an in-house caterer, now’s the time to book external caterers too.
If you have a lot of guests travelling to the wedding, or want the wedding party to stay at the venue it's important to get these booked as soon as possible.
CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING PARTY
It's time to ask your nearest and dearest to be a part of your big day! Asking them now gives them plenty of chance to arrange your Hen/ Stag do's. Perhaps more importantly, they will be able to help your through this planning process.
BOOK OTHER SUPPLIERS
As soon as you have booked your wedding venue, you need to book the other suppliers who are a crucial element of your big day. Suppliers include:
- Band/ DJ
- Venue Stylist
CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING DRESS
With six months to go before your wedding day you may find that won’t be enough lead time for some dress designers so 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 or indeed sample dresses. You could consider a high street wedding dress but remember you may still need a little time for alterations.
SEND OUR WEDDING INVITATIONS
Once you have your wedding venue and ceremony booked, you can send our your invitations! Giving your guests the maximum amount of notice will mean guests can plan accordingly. As the wedding day is only 6 months away, we would suggest skipping save the dates.
5 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING
PURCHASE YOUR ACCESSORIES
Once you've picked your wedding dress, you can start shopping for the accessories! This include shoes, hair accessories, jewellery and more.
SELECT YOUR WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE
It's time for a shopping spree! Take your wedding party to try on dresses/ suites and choose the perfect look for your day.
BOOK THE REST OF YOUR SUPPLIERS
There are a few more important suppliers to book for your wedding day:
- Hair Stylist
- Makeup Artist
- Cake Maker
4 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING
ORGANISE THE HEN/ STAG PARTIES
Fortunately this is a task you can delegate to your best man and maid of honour. With only a few months to go, it may be difficult to get everyone together for a full weekend away but arranging something closer to home should mean most of those you want to attend will be able to make it. Browse our infographic for hen party inspiration!
PURCHASE WEDDING RINGS
Your wedding rings are an important part of the wedding ceremony and something you'll never take off, so take some time to go ring shopping and find one you love.
PLAN YOUR HONEYMOON
You may already have your honeymoon destination in mind, but if not browse the internet for some inspiration and decide on your trip. If time or budget mean you can't have the honeymoon you dreamt of you could have a minimoon - a few days away to relax as husband and wife!
3 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING
CONFIRM YOUR GUESTLIST
You sent your invitations out 2 months ago so now it is time to start chasing the RSVPs that you haven't had back. This is important as you'll need to let your venue and caterers your final numbers and could affect your final balance.
HAIR & MAKEUP TRIAL
You'll want your hair and makeup to look it's best on your wedding day so be sure to book a hair and makeup trial to allow for any changes needed before the big day.
CATERING & CAKE TASTING
Meet with your venue/ caterer to select your wedding reception menu. Plan a meeting with your cake baker to decide on cake flavours - this is definately a wedding planning perk!
2 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING
HAVE YOUR HEN/ STAG PARTY
This is a great way for you to catch up with loved ones before the big day!
CREATE YOUR TABLE PLAN
Once you have had all those remaining RSVPs accept or decline you can start to build your table plan - this can take a bit of time to get right but stick with it and it will soon come together!
BUY GIFTS & FAVOURS
There will be some important members of the bridal party you will want to thank personally, such as your parents, groomsmen, bridesmaid's and anyone that helped to deliver your special day. You'll wan to purchase/ make your wedding favours now too.
1 MONTH BEFORE YOUR WEDDING
CONFIRM ALL SUPPLIERS & DETAILS
This is a good time to double check all the details with your suppliers and confirm the dates, times and any other details they should be made aware of.
WRITE YOUR SPEECH
By starting to write your speech early it will save you a lot of stress as your wedding day approaches.
All that's left to do is enjoy your special day - congratulations!