Do people always ask if It’s possible to plan a wedding in only six months? The marriage license, an officiant, and a ceremony are the only true requirements for a wedding. As long as you start there, you’ve got yourself a wedding!
Start by booking your ceremony venue and officiant, regardless of how much time you have. After you’ve taken care of that, you can start looking for a reception location. The rest is just shopping once you’ve decided on both wedding venues. You can now begin looking for vendors. Then go shopping for your wedding attire and any accessories you may require. You can certainly do it in six months, if not less.
The most significant difference between planning a wedding in 12-18 months versus six (6) months is choice: Couples who start early have a better chance of securing their first-choice venues, photographers, and vendors. However, depending on the type of wedding you want, you might end up with precisely the celebration you’ve always wanted. If you’re flexible and organized, planning a wedding in six months won’t be a problem. Here’s how you can do it:
- Choose a date.
- Determine how many people will attend.
- Make a budget that you all can stick to.
- Select a venue for the ceremony and reception.
- Begin looking for nearby hotels/places to stay.
- Make an Airbnb reservation for close family members.
- Find and reserve an officiant.
- Inform your closest friends and family about the date.
- Begin preliminary research on elements you may want to include.
- Begin your search for outdoor tent vendors.
- Make a wedding website and distribute electronic save-the-dates.
Five months before the wedding
Consider which tasks you can delegate to friends or family members and begin inquiring to see if they are interested in assisting with those tasks.
- Plan the ceremony and reception decor (how intricate do you want it, which elements will be DIY, and who will make them?)
- Begin looking for a wedding gown and purchase one!
- Reserve the outdoor tent vendor.
- Do some research on the legal requirements for getting married in your area.
- Hire a photographer or videographer.
Four months before the wedding
- Choose a wedding caterer and menu.
- Determine what to feed guests the night before the wedding and those who will be present on Saturday during the day.
- Make a honeymoon reservation.
- Continue your planning and begin working on DIY decor projects.
- Begin compiling a playlist (if you’re “DJing” your own wedding).
Three months prior to the wedding
- Plan and purchase the groom’s attire
- In our case, we may or may not purchase wedding bands.
- Finish/report on the status of wedding decor and accessories (e.g. centrepieces, candles, veil, shoes, etc.)
Two months prior to the wedding
- Make a reservation for reception equipment rental (speakers, microphone, lights, tables, chairs, etc.)
- Make a reservation for the ceremony’s rental equipment (chairs, etc.)
- Complete the food situation
- Complete the playlist
One month prior to the wedding
- Obtain a marriage license
- Call the wedding vendors to confirm the date, time, and location.
- Prepare for your honeymoon by finalizing and packing your belongings.
TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE WEDDING
- Make a seating diagram.
- After you’ve finalized your guest list and headcount, you’ll need to decide who will sit where at your reception. To make this step easier, use an online seating chart tool.
- Make a schedule for your wedding day.
- To keep your wedding day running smoothly, you’ll need a wedding day timeline. Plan out your entire wedding day, minute by minute, with your planner, and also, Remember to communicate your timeline to vendors and wedding party members.
- Rehearsal dinner and rehearsal
- Your wedding day will undoubtedly be hectic, but the celebrations will begin with your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
The Day of Your Wedding
Your meticulous planning paid off, and you’re now married!