The wedding planning process can seem like a daunting task. Breaking up the process into smaller sections will help you stay organized and make sure everything is taken care of by the time your wedding day comes. You will want to look back and have positive wedding planning memories that bring back the joy of the wedding day!
Here are 5 steps to tackle 6-8 months before the big day.
Order bridesmaids dresses.
It can take months for bridesmaid dresses to come in, so make sure all of your girls order their dresses! Some bridesmaids will choose to order their dresses after you shop for financial reasons, so a reminder to make sure they get ordered can be helpful. You will want them to have time to get alterations and make sure everything is perfect for the wedding day.
Start planning honeymoon.
Now is the time to start making honeymoon plans! This is a time for you and your spouse to enjoy the first bit of marriage without any distractions together. Think about a place that you can both enjoy and will allow you to relax after the wedding is over. Depending on the tourist season of where you are traveling it could be hard to make plans at the last minute, so try and get all of the plans set as early as possible so you can make sure you get the travel and accommodations you are hoping.
Send save-the-date cards.
Not everyone chooses to send save-the-date cards, but they can be especially helpful if you are having a destination wedding or getting married during a tourist or holiday season. The farther ahead of time your guests can put the wedding date on the calendar, the more likely they will be able to come.
Select and purchase invitations.
Invitations will not be sent for a few months, but you will need to order them early. It can take time for them to be printed and there are so many choices! You will want time to look through different styles and decide which is best. Ordering ahead of time also gives you a cushion of time in case something is misspelled or isn’t what you were expecting.
Start composing a day-of timeline.
At this point you should have a general idea of what your wedding day will look like. Start putting together a day-of timeline. This can be a simple checklist or a spreadsheet. Start in the morning and work your way through the day including each component of the wedding such as when people are meeting and where, any hair or makeup appointments, when photos are being taken, and other events of that nature. Having a day-of timeline takes stress off of you and allows you to enjoy your day. You can provide these to your wedding party and assign tasks for them to handle, give it to your wedding planner if you have hired one, or give it to the person you have assigned to make sure the day runs smoothly.