11 things you need to do 6 months before your wedding
So there’s 6 months or more to go until your wedding day and by now you should have already made a big head start with your wedding plans as outlined in my blog post http://klassykooloccasions.co.uk/blog-wedding-planning-tips-and-advice/7-things-you-need-to-do-12-months-before-your-wedding/. But there’s still lots to do! Now is the time to get organised and start finalising some of the details and getting bookings confirmed in writing if you haven’t already done so.
Here are my recommendations for 11 things you need to do 6 months before your wedding:-
- Make a start by going shopping with your Bridesmaids and choosing the Bridesmaids dresses. This is supposed to be one of the fun bits of wedding planning, but can actually be quite stressful. The main thing to remember is that although you want your bridesmaids to be comfortable and happy with what they wear, you do have the final say as it’s your special day. There needs to be a little compromise on both sides so that everyone’s happy. Get them to try on a few different styles and visit a few different shops if possible. Don’t rush your decision and take your time.
2. Next you need to be thinking about the menswear. Will you be purchasing the suits or hiring them? There are advantages to each all depending on what style of wedding you’re having. If your wedding is going to be less formal then buying the suits is a good option as it means they can be worn again on future occasions. However, if you’re wanting more formal menswear like top hat and tails for example, then hiring them makes more sense as you’re only going to wear them once.
3. At this stage, you need to be choosing your music, hymns (if applicable) and readings for the ceremony. Base your choices on what has personal meaning to you both, especially when it comes to the readings. These are the parts of your wedding ceremony that will stand out and be remembered for being special.
4. If you’re not making it yourself, then now’s the time to choose and order your wedding stationery. You will find lots of options to suit all budgets, but the earlier you can order it, the better chance you have of getting what you want.
5. Book your entertainment. Whether it be a wedding band, a singer, magician, casino tables etc, it’s important to get them booked as soon as you can in order to avoid disappointment as entertainers tend to be booked way in advance.
6. Choose and order your wedding cake. Again, a good cake maker tends to be booked up pretty quickly for the wedding season, so get in there early. Many good cake makers will offer a free cake testing session beforehand to help you decide on what to have.
7. Make an appointment with your chosen florist. As with most other wedding suppliers, a good florist will usually be booked months in advance. You should be able to view examples of their past wedding work and they’ll be able to offer plenty of expert advice when it comes to choosing which flowers to have. This is definitely one of the most enjoyable tasks on your wedding planning journey!
8. Book your wedding venue(s) dresser and order your decorations, chair covers etc. Again, it’s important to book as early as you can as good wedding venue dressers can be booked up to 2 years in advance! Even if you haven’t fully decided on the exact details, as long as you secure a booking then all the finer details like colour scheme, materials and so on can be finalised closer to the date.
9. Give notice of marriage. You will need to make an appointment to go and see your local registrar to give them official notice of your intent to marry. This means giving them the intended date, location/venue and your full personal details. You’ll then usually be invited back at a later date to run through the details of the wedding ceremony itself and finalise things.
10. Select your wedding rings. This is one of the most important but also enjoyable of tasks when it comes to planning your wedding. You should have already set aside a budget for your wedding rings. Just try not to get too carried away and end up going over your budget which is very tempting to do!
11. And finally, book your make-up artist and hairdresser. Most will offer a trial in advance of your wedding day so that you can decide on the look that is best for you and even your bridal party. If your wedding is in peak season then be sure to book your trial in plenty of good time.
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