So your fiancé finally stepped up and proposed—congrats! But for some crazy reason, you decided to get married in 6 months. Maybe the venue of your dreams is only available 6 months from now, or maybe you just can’t wait any longer to tie the knot. It will be stressful, but it will be totally doable. Follow these steps to get the most out of your wedding planning on a time crunch.
Establish a Budget
Before you proceed with any major plans for the big day, you need to sit down with your fiancé and discuss the uncomfortable subject of budgeting. This will be the starting point for any other decisions you make in the planning process, so hammer it out wisely. You definitely don’t want to go over budget.
Pick A Venue (And Have A Backup)
If you haven’t already decided where you want your ceremony and reception to be held, this will help you set the date for your wedding. Because you’re on a short time frame, you may have to compromise in terms of venues. It’s best to have a backup (or even several), and try not to get your heart set on one specific location. Your wedding day is about marrying the love of your life, so a location falling through should be a minor bump in the road. If none of your ideal venues seem to be working out, consider an intimate and simple backyard wedding. You’ll save tons of money and it’ll be a beautiful location for wedding photos.
Find A Dress
Honestly, this might be the most crucial and time-sensitive step. You can have a wedding anywhere, but you can’t have a wedding without a dress for the bride. If you find a dress you love, it might still need alterations, which can take up precious time. Just because you’re pressed for time doesn’t mean you should settle for just any dress. This is your special day, so you need to make sure your dress is the one you’ve dreamed of since you were a little girl. Give yourself plenty of time to dress shop at SEVERAL locations (repeat: more than one) and have alterations done if necessary. Be sure to look at the best places to buy wedding dresses online.
Send Out Invitations ASAP
Once you’ve set the date, you need to order invitations and send them out immediately to friends and family, especially those who might have to travel. It’s best to give your guests plenty of time to make plans and scramble for a last minute date. Picking the guests is also another super important convo to have with your significant other. Make sure you’re on the same page about how many people you want to invite and how many your venue can hold.
Hire A Photographer Friend
Wedding photographers are always in popular demand, so some tend to get booked months in advance. Your best bet is most likely to hire a trustworthy friend or relative who’s good with a camera. Hiring someone close to you makes it easier to tell him/her exactly what kind of photos you want, and it might make you feel more comfortable in front of the camera.
Pick The Cake
Just like photographers, bakeries can be in high demand for weddings. Instead of the ideal exquisitely decorated three tiered cake that most couples have at their weddings, you might have to settle for something less grandiose. Be open to alternative dessert options, too, like cake pops or cupcakes.
Take Deep Breaths
Planning a wedding in 6 months will be a whirlwind of stress and excitement, but it’ll all be worth it for the big day. Be flexible and willing to compromise throughout the entire process. Good luck — you got this!