December 21, 2022
You’re on the six month countdown to your wedding, the excitement is building and maybe the nerves too. I am here to tell you that feeling nervous is totally normal, planning a wedding is stressful and a big deal.
I have written this blog, packed full of tips, timeline planning, tick lists, to do’s and prompts of things you may have forgotten.
So, put the kettle on and read this helpful blog…
Your wedding invitations should be sent around six months before your wedding day – and I always advise the more time, the better. Especially if there are any postal strikes!
If you’re not including all the finer details of the day your invites, a wedding website is a great (and afforable) way of including lots of information such as nearby accommodation recommendations, your wedding menu, dress code, date, location and gift list. You should also provide an address for RSVPs to be sent to, and you should ask for any dietary requirements to be submitted with their response. It’s also a nice idea to ask for a song request for the wedding DJ to play at the party!
With six months to go, you’ll want to purchase your wedding rings. Take your time to make the decision, because you’ll be wearing it every day for the rest of your life. Also, make sure you choose something which complements your engagement ring (if you have one), and set a firm budget.
I definitely recommend starting to craft any décor items or wedding favours for your big day six months before (unless they’re edible, of course). Doing things yourself can be a lot more time consuming that you might first think, particularly if you’re having a large celebration, however it is really rewarding and can be cost saving too. Enlist the help of your wedding parties and make a night of it!
If they haven’t already, your venue / caterer will invite you to a menu tasting. You might be invited to a menu tasting evening with lots of other couples, or you may be invited to something more private. Either way, trying all of the delicious menu choices which the chefs have on offer will enable you to make your final wedding breakfast choices. Just remember – if you don’t want a traditional sit-down three-course dinner, you don’t have to have one! Sharing platters and BBQs are all great options too.
You may feel like the wedding is still a little time away, however planning your timeline early will definitely help bring everything together. I have written an in depth blog all about planning your schedule here… https://laurajaynephotographer.co.uk/2022/11/15/wedding-day-timeline-planning/
and I will also send you the questionnaire to complete at the 6 weeks to go mark, however now is the time to start thinking about the timings for your day. From when to start getting ready to the time of your ceremony, reception drinks, wedding breakfast and cutting the cake, everything needs to be laid out ready to inform your suppliers. Your venue and me as your photographer will be able to help!
After all that wedding planning, you totally deserve to let your hair down. Now is the time to start planning the party, or nudge your bridal party to do so if they haven’t already!
Now is the best time to book in your hair and makeup trial, organise a time to speak with your florist, cake maker and stylist to finalise all the details before your wedding day. There may be a lot of admin to do in this last 6 months so it’s always worth starting early to ease any last minute stress!
Are you feeling on track? Budgeting and knowing what needs paying and when should be a top priority. You can then save and separate any outgoing costs so you don’t touch them. Being organised and strict with your budgeting will massively help keep you calm!
What’s really important to you? Keep that in the front of your mind.
The next few months will not only be busy, they will also start to get quite expensive.
Revisit what you decided was important to you both when you got engaged – your purpose for getting married, what you really wanted out of planning your big day together. It’s very easy to be swept up in a bit of a daze of ‘wedding planning’ and get carried away with vendors and expenses that aren’t really all that important to you.
Don’t worry about your wedding looking like it’s out of a wedding magazine or a styled shoot, think about the way you want to feel on your wedding day, and how you want your guests to feel too.
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