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We’ve all heard the happy news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting hitched. The engagement was announced through the Clarence House Twitter account on 27 November last year. And the date? The royal wedding is set for 19 May 2018. The official engagement photos were released just before Christmas.

So that leaves Prince Harry and Meghan a little less than six months in which to plan their wedding. They, of course, will have a fairly impressive budget and a large team on hand to help them organise proceedings. But for the lowly likes of the rest of us, is it really possible to plan a wedding in just six months?

With some top level organisation and a willingness to let some of the little things go, definitely. Here’s our timeline for what you need to do each month leading up to your big day.

Six Months to Go

First things first, you need to decide on a wedding budget. This will help you to allocate funds to each area of your wedding. It will also stop your dreams from running away with your bank balance. Also near the top of your list this month is the wedding dress. It may take some time for that dream dress to be delivered and altered so set about finding “the one” as soon as you can.

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Five Months to Go

Next task on the list is the wedding venue and date. With short notice, you’ll have to be flexible on one or the other. To get your dream venue you might need to get married on a weekday or look for late availability venues instead. When your venue is sorted, send invitations out to your guest list.

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters

Four Months To Go

This is the month to get your photographer, videographer, caterers, florist and entertainment booked for the big day. Planning the wedding in just six months, you might have to resign yourself to a few of your second choices. But focus on the positives! You’ll have a ball sampling wedding cake and picking your playlist.

Photo by John-Mark Kuznietsov

Three Months to Go

Start chasing any late RSVPs this month. That way you should soon have guest numbers to pass on to your suppliers. Also begin the search for any bridal party outfits. If you have a number of bridesmaids, getting everyone in the same place to try something on can be a logistical challenge in itself.

Photo by Andre Hunter

Two Months to Go

It’s time to focus on those little extras that will make your day unique. Table decorations, your wedding shoes, the rings and jewellery should all be on your shopping list for this month.

Photo by Anne Edgar

One Month to Go

With one month to go, test out your wedding make-up and hairstyle to be sure you’re happy with your look for the day. Now is also the time when all RSVPs should be in and you can create your table plan without going back to make amendments.

Photo by Brendan Church

Then, sit back, relax and look forward to your “I dos”. It’s sure to have been a very busy time. But for impatient brides, there’s no reason to prolong an engagement. With organisation and flexibility you could be happily married to the man of your dreams in just six short months.