Preparing a Wedding in 6 Months or Less

Can you plan your wedding in 6 months or less? At Historic Venue 1902 you can! Some couples have their wedding venue selected over a year in advance or longer! For a variety of reasons, others choose to work off a shorter timeline. There’s no doubt both can easily be done, but the planning process might look a little bit different for each.

On today’s blog, we’ll focus on those with a shorter time frame. So, if you are someone who doesn’t want to wait and are planning a wedding in six months, this blog is for you! First and foremost, just know it will take some planning and organization, but it can be done! While most traditional wedding planning timelines are designed for a couple with a year (or more) to get the details ironed out, sometimes that’s just not realistic—especially if you get engaged over the holidays and are dreaming of a summer wedding. But can you actually pull off a fabulous wedding in only six months? You bet. You might be surprised by how easy the process can be (you know, since there’s no time to second-guess your decisions.)

For those new to our blog, welcome to Historic Venue 1902. We are a Central Florida based wedding venue and we love to offer ideas, tips, and information that can help engaged couples throughout the planning process. From knowing what we offer at Historic Venue 1902 to actual wedding day inspiration, we always strive to provide a wide range of content. From the moment you tour our Venue, the Historic Venue 1902 team will be with you the entire way- from booking to your sparkler exit on your wedding day. If you are looking for a venue around Orlando, Florida, we would love to show you everything we have to offer! Call, text, or email us to schedule a tour! Having said all of that, it is now time to learn how you really can plan an amazing wedding on a shorter time frame.

While most traditional wedding planning timelines are designed for a couple with a year (or more) to get the details ironed out, sometimes that’s just not realistic—especially if you get engaged over the holidays and are dreaming of a summer wedding. But can you actually pull off a fabulous wedding in only six months? You bet. You might be surprised by how easy the process can be (you know, since there’s no time to second-guess your decisions).


Set your budget

Since there’s not going to be a whole lot of time to waste, you’re going to want to get started on the most important tasks right away. First things first, get your budget established. Think of how much you’re wanting to spend total for the entire wedding and then start breaking it down into individual components, while highlighting any items that are must-haves.

Book your Venue

Next up, you’re going to want to get your venue booked as well. Understanding. Most couples are booking a year or more in advance, be prepared to look at alternate days, like a Friday or Sunday. This could be particularly true if you’re planning a fall wedding. Luckily, there are plenty of other options to consider, such as weekday weddings or even working around a 3-day holiday weekend. Go ahead and get your tour scheduled right away. This way, you can get pricing and more importantly, see what dates are available.


Secure your main Vendors


Just like Venues, wedding vendors can also be booked out a year in advance. It is important to get your vendors lined up. Historic Venue 1902 offers a list of incredible Vendors and if you need help finding vendors, we are just a call or text away to help you find the perfect match, even on a short time frame. Be sure to have a checklist, this will help you stay on task and avoid becoming overwhelmed. While it might sound like the simplest piece of advice, having a checklist to utilize will make your life so much easier. Trust us, you’ll have plenty on your to-do list and the checklist is the perfect method for ensuring you don’t forget about anything along the way. Having the Historic Venue 1902 on-site wedding coordinator will make your life so much easier as well. Having a team there that can help keep you on schedule and has experience planning weddings is always going to be an invaluable resource!

Choose your Dress

You might think this is the one item you cannot accomplish in the short time frame. Here is a surprise, you really can- we are so lucky Central Florida has so many incredible Bridal Shops and several that offer off the rack incredible gowns! While ordering a custom gown usually takes 6 months or more you could consider paying a rush fee. For a more affordable option, check out ready-to-wear bridal shops, salon sample sales, non-bridal ready-to-wear designers, or even rental sites for options you’ll be able to take home the same day or opt for delivery.


Stunning Bride and her Bridal Party in sage dresses
Image - Lillie Shawn Imagery

Wedding Websites, Invitations and More!

As you’ve noticed, a common theme throughout this blog has revolved around taking care of the most important tasks in a timely manner. For instance, with your wedding venue and certain vendors (caterers, photographers, etc.), you’re going to want to get those booked as quickly as possible simply because their own schedules are likely already filling up. And as we mentioned above, this is of even greater importance if you’re shooting for a popular season like the fall.

To add to your list of important tasks for your big day, notifying your friends and family should find its place near the top of the list. You can start this process by finalizing your guest list first. However, assuming you’re working on a shorter timeline, you’ll want to start spreading the word. Lucky for you with Social Media, you have an easy way to let people know you are getting married. Save the dates, wedding websites and invitations are going to be three of the more important duties. Keep in mind that if your time frame is under 5 or 6 months, you might just skip the save the dates altogether and start with the invitations. That decision is entirely up to you, but with a shorter timeline, you may not need to do both. As a fun alternative, think about creating a Facebook group for your guests.


Beautiful Wedding Day Details
Image- Lillie Shawn Imagery

When you book at Historic Venue 1902, we also have a full wedding planning checklist that our couples are provided in conjunction with their client portal access. This to-do list is based on a 12-month timeline but can be useful even for those with shorter time frames, as it prioritizes tasks from start to finish.

Have You Booked Your Wedding Venue?

No matter if your wedding date is two years from now or just six months away, one of the first tasks you’ll want to complete in your wedding planning process is selecting the venue. Particularly on more popular dates or seasons, wedding venues can book up quite a while in advance. What we are trying to say- is this is not a decision you’re going to want to procrastinate on. Historic Venue 1902 is here to help you plan your wedding no matter


if you book it with one month to plan or two years. Historic Venue1902 is conveniently located just outside of Orlando in the beautiful Historic district of Sanford. We have been honored and privileged to host hundreds of weddings and celebrate so much love! We would love to show you everything Historic Venue 1902 has to offer. To Schedule a tour, you can text or call 407-986-8600. In the meantime, feel free to check out our Instagram page and see the many reasons you too should say I do at Historic Venue 1902!