Planning a wedding can be so stressful!
When my husband and I set off to plan our wedding in six months or less, they called us CRAZY! Now I am writing this blog post showing you just how to get it done. Now, everyone's experience is different, but hopefully these tips can help set you off on the right direction and lessen the burden that can weigh on you during the wedding planning process. Follow these seven tips for a successful wedding in six months.
Step 1: Decide on your Top 3 Must-Haves
This a great starting point for you and your partner to hash out must-haves for your big day! There are so many things to consider when planning a wedding that it can easily become overwhelming. But don't fret; narrow it down the top 3 must-haves at your wedding. This will not only help in starting the planning process but it will also help with prioritizing your budget.
CMB Tip: Identify a venue that includes, if not all, most of these must-haves!
Step 2: Decide on Budget & Number of Guests
Setting a budget and headcount ahead of time will save you a lot of stress in the long run! You will refer back to both when making decisions for the wedding. Before you decide on your guest list, decide on your guest limit. In the excitement of the moment, you may be inclined to invite everyone you know, but remember, the bigger the wedding the more costly it can turn out.
Step 3: Decide on attire
It is very important to make finding your attire for the wedding a priority! The time it takes to find that one piece that you love can vary from person to person. Don’t forget about potential alterations! This can take some time and multiple fittings to get the perfect fit. Remember your wedding is just one day, but your pictures will last for a lifetime!
CMB Money saving tip: Rent or purchase off the rack or sample dresses for much less! Looking good for your big day is important but remember don’t break the bank.
Step 4: Decide on your color scheme
Now is the fun part – deciding on your color scheme! Some may over look this step, but we would argue it is the most under stated piece of the wedding! What you see determines the mood and sets the tone for your celebration of love. Consider where your color scheme may be represented in your wedding. Flowers, table decor, and attire are just a few of the areas where your colors can be incorporated.
CMB Tip: Consider going with a simple color scheme such as white or ivory; this makes decision making so much easier!
Step 5: Consider getting a Day of Coordinator/ Wedding Planner
With only 6 months, it may seem impossible to organize your dream wedding. Consider what parts can be delegated to a wedding planner! Even if on budget, we would recommend a Day of Coordinator to alleviate any stress on your special day. Having the vision and knowing what you want is just one side of the coin. But, a wedding planner can bring execution to your ideas and connect you with vendors.
Step 6: Develop your Guest Experience
We’ve all been to that wedding where you wonder when the fun will begin, and next thing you know, its over! Don’t let that be your wedding! Once all major decisions have been made focus on your guest experience. This is the best time to do this because you will be able to see what’s left in your budget and work with that. Remember, the overall flow of the wedding is most important!
CMB Tip: Put yourself in the shoes of your guests and envision their experience during your wedding day. What details can you focus on to ensure people are comfortable, engaged, and having a good time?
Step 7: Know when to DIY
If your bank account is giving you the side eye right now, there are a ton DIY ideas to cut costs and get the most bang for your buck. We understand there are some aspects of your wedding you most definitely want to leave to the professionals. But, there are things such as signs and place cards you can DIY in your own home! Make Pinterest your best friend don't be afraid to experiment with your creative side, you just might surprise yourself!
CMB Tip: Keep an eye out for our upcoming blog post with information on DIY