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#159 - How to Plan a Wedding in Six Months: Pause and subscribe! Take a screenshot and share!  Planning a wedding in six months is a quite an endeavor but it can be done if you use your time wisely.  It will seem daunting and overwhelming but if you stick...

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#159 - How to Plan a Wedding in Six Months: Pause and subscribe! Take a screenshot and share!  Planning a wedding in six months is a quite an endeavor but it can be done if you use your time wisely.  It will seem daunting and overwhelming but if you stick...

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Pause and subscribe! Take a screenshot and share!  Planning a wedding in six months is a quite an endeavor but it can be done if you use your time wisely.  It will seem daunting and overwhelming but if you stick to the timeline and cut the things that you really don't care about, you will be fine. A coordinator/day of planner is going to be your best investment.  The best way to do this is to keep it small.  Bridal party should have 1 or 2 on each side.    We have some great previous episodes to binge on that will be very helpful:  Information That You Need Before You Meet with Your Vendors – Episode #75     Wedding Day Delegating – Episode #136   Wedding Planning Roundtable Discussion – Episode 100 (with vendors)  As soon as you get engaged Announce engagement  Pick a few dates  Secure a planner/coordinator  Approximate guest list (for the venue options) and bridal party  Colors and/or theme, be aware seasons availability of flowers  Venue, choose a few and make sure they are available on your chosen days  Fridays and Sundays often have discounts or are a bit cheaper  Visit them  Decide on one and set the date  Set wedding budget- in doing your budget please do some research on what is appropriate for each vendor  Research vendors IE. photographers, bands, florist, caterers…  Ask friends who have recently been through a wedding  Ask friends who are in the wedding biz  Find a group of wedding planning peeps in your area (on FB) and ask for referrals  Announce and as soon as you have a venue secure  6 - 5 months – squeezing in a few things that might should have a couple more months to do. You may have to compromise on your favorite vendors.  Photographer and videographers and band/DJ, musicians for ceremony need to be hired/booked  Caterers meet with and booked, bartenders also  Dress search, designers, bridal shops, resales  Hotel rooms for guests  Register!!! Have fun with this but from experience register for all areas, not just kitchen and bath.  Launch wedding websites  Give as many details as you can  Schedule hair and makeup artist  Set guest list and gather addresses  Send save the dates 5-4 months – much like an extended timeline, not many changes  Purchase invites  Start planning the honeymoon, if going immediately after the wedding  Bridesmaids dresses, order everything needed (accessories, shoes)  Officiant – check to see if they require pre-marital counseling or coaching  Reserve lighting designer including pipe and drapes  Book a florist and décor  Transportation, limos, buses, antique cars…  Start a day of timeline   Rehearsal dinner venue  Verify wedding invitations  Order your cake(s)  If you are having a shower, send guest list for the shower to the host/maid of honor who is traditionally the host.  Wedding shoes and dress fittings  Choose music: first dance, father-daughter, processional and recessional  3 –2 months  Finalize menu and floral  Order favor if having, s'mores packages, candy bags…  Make a list of toasters  Finalize readings  Purchase bridal lingerie  Schedule second fitting with your lingerie  Finalize the timeline for ceremony and the reception  Finalize catering, create menus as well as programs (your invitation designer may also offer these)  Purchase wedding rings if need  Send event schedule to your vendors  Set final meetings with vendors  Playlist to band/DJ  Send out invitations  If needed send out newspaper wedding announcement  Plan bachelorette party with maid of honor  Update RSVP lists Marriage license  Contact rehearsal dinner guest for final count  Final dress fitting  Get final count to bartenders and caterers and venue  Final payment to vendors  Confirm all vendors, time of delivery…  One Month before  Episode #66  Book spa treatment, nails, facial, waxing  Break in shoes  Seating charts, if you are doing them  Bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts, and bride/groom gift  Write vows  Get your hair done, cut and color Week of wedding  Delegate, pick up guest from airport, s
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