Things to Do 6 to 8 Months Before Your Wedding
At around six to eight months before your wedding, you'll start to focus on some of the smaller details. You'll also send out save-the-dates to make your wedding day official to guests.
In this chapter, we'll share checklists to keep you on track as your big days approaches. If you have any questions about choosing or ordering your dream gown, contact us at Alexandra's Boutique.
If there are eight months until your wedding, it's time to make it official and give guests a celebration to look forward to. Check off the following items when you're eight months away from your special day:
Choose the Bridal Party Dresses
It's time to shop for bridal party attire. Start by browsing bridesmaid dresses and consider shades or patterns that coordinate with your wedding's theme and go well with a range of skin tones. Also, think about costs and how much your bridesmaids will be comfortable spending on a dress. If your bridesmaids live nearby, ask them to come shopping with you. That way, you can see how they look in the dresses you choose and find out how they feel in them.
Order and Send out Save-the-Dates
Make your wedding official and send out save-the-date cards — or stickers, chocolate bars or magnets — to share the news with potential guests. The save-the-dates should include your names, wedding date and general location. It should also let recipients know that a formal invitation will soon be on the way. Keep in mind that everyone who gets a save-the-date will also get an invitation.
Create a Gift Registry
Your wedding registry is basically a list of gifts you and your partner both want and can use. You'll choose a store and items you desire and then create the registry online or in person. Once your registry is complete, you can share it with guests through your wedding website.
At seven months before your wedding, it's time to meet with your officiant and complete a few more must-dos, such as:
Start Planning Your Rehearsal Dinner
The rehearsal dinner provides a chance for families and close friends to spend time together and get acquainted. It's traditionally held the night before the wedding, though you might choose to have it a few days before. Now's the time to think about where you'd like to have the dinner, who will host the party and whether it should be formal or casual.
If your venue does not provide tables, chairs, linens and other reception essentials, you'll need to rent them. Before you make a reservation with a rental company, find out what their policies are, how much it costs to use their services and if they deliver and set up rentals. Make sure you also work with your caterer, florist and venue to ensure you get what you need.
Meet With Your Officiant
Schedule an appointment to meet with your officiant again to discuss the ceremony, finalize details and get to know them a little better. Although it isn't necessary to meet them face-to-face, it's a good idea.
You're halfway there to your big day, and there's still plenty more to plan. Here's a checklist of things to do six months before your wedding:
Start Planning Your Honeymoon
Six months before your wedding, you might set aside some time to think about your honeymoon. Plop down on the couch next to your fiancé and talk about your budget, where you'd both like to go and for how long. Also, realize that you don't have to leave immediately after your wedding, and it's all right if you both want to rest for a few days before taking a trip. If you have some wiggle room in your budget, consider hiring a travel agent to help.
Research Hairstylists and Makeup Artists
Investigate local hair and makeup artists to help you look your best on your wedding day. One way to approach this is to ask friends for recommendations or read reviews left by brides. Schedule trial appointments with your chosen stylists, and try to make the appointment for the time of day your real wedding will take place, so you can see how you look in different lights.
Explore Baker and Cake Options
Your baker will need to create a cake that looks beautiful and tastes delicious, so you'll want to make an informed decision. Start by searching for bakers in your area and create a list of your favorites. Find out who's available on your wedding date, ask about logistics and compare prices. Once you've found a baker, schedule a tasting.
Think About Favors
You aren't required to give out favors, so think about whether it's something you wish to do and have room in your budget for. If you decide to offer favors for guests to take home, choose something that goes with your theme and coordinates with the colors used in your wedding. If you feel stuck coming up with ideas, know that you can't go wrong by offering something sweet.
If you haven't ordered invitations yet, now's the time to do so. Try to choose invitations that match the theme of your wedding, and make sure to order enough so you have room for mistakes. Invitations should include names, the location of the ceremony venue and reception, date, time and RSVP details.
You want your dress to fit perfectly, so you may need a few adjustments. At the six-month mark, schedule alterations with your seamstress for two to three months before your wedding. That leaves time for any necessary changes and additional fittings.