Let’s look at some tasks to tackle six months before your wedding. That way, you can enjoy your special day to the fullest.
Review or modify your budget
Six months out, check on your budget and make sure you’re on track. Review your arrangements and look at how much you’re spending in each category, from the venue and catering to attire and decorations. Determine whether you need to make any adjustments and figure out how much you have left to spend—this can help you avoid financial surprises later on.
Keep in mind that you won’t be able to change everything—you’ve likely booked the venue and made deposits on several vendors at this point. However, reviewing and modifying your budget will allow you to make informed financial decisions going forward.
Confirm your vendors
By this stage, you’ve likely already booked several key vendors, such as the venue, caterer, music, and photographer. At the six-month mark, take stock of what you still need to book. Reach out to each confirmed vendor with any special requirements or requests if you haven’t already, and plan to re-confirm a few weeks before the wedding. Be sure to have a written contract, even if you know the vendor.
If there are any remaining vendors to reserve, such as a florist, makeup artist, or baker, now is the time to do so. Don’t wait until the last minute, as popular vendors have limited availability.
Finalize your guest list and send out save-the-dates
Save-the-dates often go out six months before the wedding to give guests time to plan and make travel arrangements. So, carve out some time to sit with your fiancé to finalize the guest list. Be sure to include all the relevant information about your big day in the save-the-dates, such as the date, time, location, and wedding website.
Shop for wedding party attire
While you might have already chosen what you’re wearing, wedding attire can be about more than just the couple getting married. If you haven’t already, it’s time to finalize wedding party attire.
If you and your wedding party are shopping together, schedule appointments at bridal boutiques or formalwear shops. If you’re more hands-off, let everyone know what color or style to look for. Letting your wedding party know what you want early on gives them enough time to shop and get clothing altered if needed.
Plan your honeymoon
With all the excitement around planning your wedding, don’t leave planning your honeymoon to the last minute. The honeymoon is a special time for you and your partner to unwind and relax before returning to daily life, so make sure you plan it well in advance, especially if you’re traveling overseas. Research potential destinations, compare prices, and book your flights and accommodations accordingly.
Assess your life insurance needs
Between looking at venues and tasting cake, it can be difficult to focus on the practical stuff. However, life insurance can be an important tool in ensuring financial security for each other. Figure out how much and what type of coverage makes sense. Often, term life insurance is a good option for newlyweds. The right term policy can help you cover existing debts, keep making mortgage payments, or support children if the unexpected happens.
Take care of yourself
Planning a wedding can take up a lot of energy and time, and it’s important to take some time for yourself—go on weekend getaways with friends, book spa sessions, or take up a new hobby that brings you joy. It’s important to prioritize your mental and physical health while going through this process, so make sure to practice self-care.