The average engagement lasts about 13 months, but we know that some couples choose to plan their weddings in a shorter time frame for a variety of reasons. In fact, 19 percent of couples plan their weddings in 6 months or less — and with our handy month-by-month timeline, couples can figure out exactly how to plan a wedding in 6 months. If you’re recently engaged and want to get married in just a few months, you’ll have to condense your wedding timeline — but it can absolutely be done with minimal stress.
Here's exactly how to plan a wedding in 6 months.
6 Months Before Your Wedding
Note: Yes, this seems like a lot in a short period of time—but don’t be afraid to delegate responsibilities to your future spouse, family members, and friends who will be happy to help you!
Start your wedding checklist
Not sure how to plan a wedding? First things first, make sure you have a wedding checklist at the ready to stay on task! An online checklist is particularly ideal so you can tick off tasks whether you’re at home or on-the-go!
Figure out the basics
When you’re dealing with a 6-month wedding timeline, you have to make decisions relatively quickly—which can actually be a good thing (less time to doubt your choices!). The first three things you’ll need to figure out are:
Find a planner
Booking a wedding planner is a good idea for any couple, but particularly couples working with a shorter wedding timeline. Planners can help quickly connect you with other available vendors, and have the expertise make sure you check everything off your list (and handle a lot for you!), stress-free.
Book venue & caterer
You haven’t officially set your date until you book your venue—so take care of that ASAP. With such a short timeline, an all-inclusive venue might be a good option, but be open to any venue with availability that can comfortably hold your guest count and is within budget. If your chose venue does not have an in-house caterer, now’s the time to book your caterer, too.
Book hotel room blocks for your guests
Check out hotels near your venues and reserve room blocks to ensure your guests have a place to stay for your wedding weekend. Don’t forget to spread the word!
Set up your registry
Your guests are going to want to buy you gifts ASAP, so it’s time to set up a wedding registry. While it’s always a good idea to go to a store and register in person, if you’re pressed for time, you can always start your wedding registry online.
Select your wedding party
Time to pop the question—to your wedding party! Ask your nearest and dearest to stand by your side ASAP to give them plenty of time to plan those wedding showers and bachelor and/or bachelorette parties! Plus, the sooner you ask, the sooner your attendants can really help you figure out how to plan a wedding in 6 months and get organized.
Book other vendors
With a 6-month wedding timeline, there are several vendors that you should book ASAP (meaning, right after booking your venue):
Start shopping for attire
Wedding dresses can take months to arrive after being order, so if you’re wearing one, it’s best to shop sooner rather than later. While suits and tuxes don’t take as long, it’s a good idea to start shopping.
Set up your wedding website
A wedding website is a helpful way to communicate with your guests—so be sure to set one up and keep your loved ones in the loop about travel, accommodations, registry, and more.
Send out save-the-dates
Save-the-dates should be sent out as soon as possible to give you guests a heads-up about your wedding date so they can book their travel and accommodations.