Did you know that the average wedding takes between a year and 18 months to plan?
The average couple take around 12 months to plan a wedding, and this year we have seen an increase in wedding bookings being further in advance. But, for the above average bride, if you have found your Mr/s Right, does it really need to take 12 months (or even longer)?
If you are planning a wedding in six months, then compromising is a massive key to a successful day.
Six months to go
With 6 months to plan a wedding, the initial planning stages will be very busy, BUT don’t let this put you off, as it is certainly achievable.
The biggest decisions to make: 1. Where do you want to get married? 2. What date would you like to get married? And 3. What is your budget?
The planning all comes around having a venue booked, so we would suggest allocating a block of time to go and visit some venues which take your fancy. Remember, that with a shorter time to book the wedding, more popular dates (like a Saturday in the summer) might not be available.
BUT one of the biggest bonuses is that there will be some great savings to be made – check out our special offers for example!
It might also be worth having a look at caterers and a wedding photographer, if you are choosing to have one, at this stage. You want to make sure that your guests are well fed, and that you have those all-important memories from your big day! At Ufton Weddings, we ask you to choose from one of our 6 recommended caterers – details can be found on our website!
Once the venue and ceremony are both booked, it’s time to get those wedding invitations out! With 6 months to go, it’s probably best to leave out those ‘save the dates’ and save some more money – BONUS!
Also in the ‘six months to go’ stage, it might be worth looking at wedding dresses or suits for the day. When visiting the bridal shop, make sure that you state you have a shorter timeframe too – this is when the fun all begins! If you have had a Christmas or New Year proposal, an even bigger bonus is that you can get your teeth right into those Sales!
Five months to go
With only five months to go, the countdown is well and truly on! It’s time now to book the rest of your suppliers and to figure out the feel for your day. Are you having a theme for the day? Are you going to get crafty and make some decorations yourself?
Top tip: If you love to plan and stay organised, using spreadsheets to keep on top of the wedding planning, would really work a treat!
Four months to go
With four months to go, it’s time to look at the finer details of the day. This includes that all important hen/stag party which could be easily delegated to the best man or maid of honour – phew!
Three months to go
Almost half way there now! It’s down to the even finer details such as the wedding shoes, the bridal jewellery and any additional items which could be needed for the cake table, the card table or the table centrepieces.
It’s also time to look for that ring! Our top tip would be to order your wedding rings with plenty of time, especially if you are going for a bespoke look! Did you know that according to WeddingWire, 74% of brides go for a diamond style ring?
Two months to go
With two months to go, it’s time to chase up RSVPs and think about the table plan. To save a little bit of money, have you thought about making your own table plan? At Ufton, we see so many creative ideas – check these out below!
With two months to go, it might be an idea to start looking for the honeymoon destination.
One month to go
The countdown is now well and truly on! At this stage, it might be worth looking at any gifts you may need to buy, as well as ensuring that any alterations on dresses, suits and outfits are looked at. We would also recommend at this stage starting to look at writing the speeches. Over the last couple of years, we have seen a huge increase in brides doing speeches too – #GirlPower!
Then it’s time to relax and recharge and get excited for the big day!
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