Updated: May 5, 2019
190 days. 6 months. Half a year. That’s all that’s left until you get to marry your best friend. Save-the-dates are starting to go out and the excitement is starting to build. Here’s a few things you should get done with 6 months to go to keep the momentum going.
Arrange Transport To & From the Wedding
You walk down the aisle in style, why not arrive in style? These days, there are many different options to get you, your partner and your wedding party to and from your wedding. From mini buses to stretch limousines, there is something for every style and every size party.
Plan your guest list, plot your budget and know the address of every location you and your guests will need to be taken to throughout the day. Talk to friends and family or ask your wedding planner or one of your vendors for recommendations. Reliability is key—you don’t want to be late to your own wedding!
If there are other guests that are in need of transportation—like elderly family members or friends from out of town—you could also account for this in your budget and have it as an added bonus for your loved ones.
Send Save-The-Date Cards
Addressing and sending possibly hundreds of save-the-dates may be one of the more tedious tasks of planning your wedding. Switching to pre-printed addresses or return labels can ease the pain of hand writing everything but could also take away a chance for an added detail of design and a nice personal touch.
Either way, once people open their save-the-dates, they’ll be flooded with excitement and you’ll be overwhelmed with congratulations. Now, the countdown is really on.
Book Your Honeymoon
While save-the-dates, may not be the most exciting part of planning your wedding, booking your honeymoon definitely is. Are you going to spend it relaxing on an isolated beach, hiking high up into the sky or exploring a new city on foot? Before you decide here are a few things to consider.
Cost. Do you want luxury or leisurely? Summer or winter? Plane ride or train ride? All of these are going to effect cost. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a luxury summer honeymoon within your budget. Keep an eye on flight deals and hotel discounts. There is also no rule saying you have to leave on your honeymoon the day after your wedding. If it’s significantly cheaper to fly out a few weeks later, that could be something to consider.
Visas. If you are thinking about a country that has tourist visa requirements, this could not only affect your cost but your timing as well. While some countries process requests fast, others could take weeks or even months. Check out the embassy website of the country you have in mind and see what the requirements are for your country of residence.
Vaccines. A safari in Africa or celebrating Carnival in Brazil would make for an amazing honeymoon. But these trips could require vaccines that can be both costly and timely. It’s important to educate yourself on what you and your partner might need and take your budget and timing (some vaccines need to be taken a few weeks before your trip) into consideration.
Ready to get married!? It may seem like your big day is ages away, but it will be here before you know it. Follow these tips to help piece together some of those final details and keep your wedding planning on track.
Order Bridesmaid Dresses
While being a bridesmaid is fun, it can also be expensive. The dress, jewelry, bachelorette party and everything in between, start to add up so keep this in mind when setting the budget for bridesmaid dresses. If buying a dress comes with too hefty of a price tag, renting dresses is something you can look into.
When it comes to the style of the bridesmaid dresses, there are two things to consider: shape and color. Be mindful of everyone’s body type and opt for a style that everyone will feel comfortable in. If one style isn’t standing out, you can always follow the mismatched dress trend and allow each bridesmaid to pick out a different shaped dress in the same color scheme. When picking out the color, keep in mind the hue. If your ceremony is taking place somewhere with dark décor, rich colors may blend in too much. Typically, darker colors work better in the winter months and lighter colors in the summer ones.
Once you’ve chosen a dress—or dresses—ask all of your bridesmaids to get measured by a professional seamstress. Remember, it is always easier to make a dress smaller than to let out one that is too small.
Now that you have all the details you need, order every dress at the same time. This will ensure that they all come from the same dye lot and it will help you to stay better organized with everything on the same schedule.
Meet with Florist to Decide on Bouquets & Centerpieces
When planning your centerpieces, the most important thing to keep in mind is table structure. Ranging from round to square to rectangle, each table shape is going to call for a different kind of arrangement. Keep in mind that larger blooms work better for centerpieces and save you both time and money.
Now that you have your gown and ceremony colors picked out, you can arrange your bouquet—or should we say arrange to have your florist arrange your bouquet. Just like centerpieces, bouquets come in many shapes and sizes. From petite to domed to cascading, there is a bouquet for every style and wedding.
When it comes to arranging all of your flowers, keep in mind one thing: simple is sweet. While flowers are often the focal point of the decorations, they should still remain a beautiful accent that doesn’t overprioritize guest comfort or visibility of the ceremony or reception.
Register for Gifts
Registering for gifts is definitely a fun detail when planning a wedding but you should never feel pressured to have certain things on your list—stay true to yourself. If you don’t actually see yourself using something, don’t ask for it. Take stock of what you and your partner currently have, want to keep and what you absolutely need. (Of course, you can add some wants to your list too!)
Register at 2-4 different places so your guests have plenty of choices. It may suit you to register for bedding at one store and cookware at another, so you don’t end up registering for double of one thing. Make sure you register more items than guests you will be inviting. It doesn’t make you look greedy, it gives your guests options!
Speaking of guests, keep in mind not only their budget but style as well. Older relatives may buy more traditional gifts while younger friends may opt for something a little more edgy. Fill your list with choices that will be appealing to everyone, so they can have some fun picking out your gift too!
Discuss Ceremony Ideas & Weddings with Officiant
Now it’s time to get into the nitty gritty details of what the words of your ceremony will actually be. Is there a funny story about how you two met? A favorite poem you want read? A theme you want the ceremony to revolve around? Personal touches like this will not only make the day even more special for you, but keep your guests engaged. While discussing what you do want said, it’s important to talk about things you absolutely don’t want and to set those boundaries as well.
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