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Planning a wedding in a short timeframe

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

Can you plan your wedding in just four months? While many odds will be against you, it’s definitely possible. The key to getting everything done is to get rid of the stress-inducing extras and focus on important planning tasks instead. Just when you think you’ll never make it, you’ll realize it’s much simpler than it looks.

How You Can Plan Your Wedding In Just Four Months

Which wedding venue is for you?

Decide On The Big Three

First, you need to make up your mind about the big three essentials – the style of your reception, the budget, and the guest list. An intimate beachfront dinner? A dressy rooftop cocktail party? Take this Reception Venue Quiz and find out which style suits you the best. Also, think about how much money you need to spend. In a survey by The Knot that included 13,000 couples married in 2017, it was revealed that an average wedding cost was $33,391, excluding the honeymoon. However, a big budget maker is the guest list. Since you’re working in a short timeframe, there is a possibility a number of guests have already made plans for the month, and your guest list might be somewhat thinner.

Use technology for wedding planning

Use Technology

Excellent wedding sites like The Knot and Wedding Wire are a great starting point for finding your wedding team and keeping track of the details. They even have associated mobile apps, so you can always keep your wedding notes with you. Ordering invitations from an online retailer saves you time you’d spend visiting a traditional stationery shop. You can also find online retailers to provide escort cards, menus, thank you notes and all the stationery that you need. Skype and Face Time are great tools for interviewing potential vendors, especially if you don’t live in the area where you’re getting married.

Book the wedding venue

Find And Book The Reception Venue

Since you’re planning on a short timeframe, if you set your sights on a specific date, venue or vendor, chances for success are much greater the further in advance you’re able to book. In other words, you need to be flexible. The popular venues such as country clubs, ballrooms and hotels might already be booked for Saturday night, but Friday or even Sunday afternoon might be available. Also, think outside the typical venue and consider more imaginative sites like suitable craft breweries or vineyards. You can even try a beautiful golf course wedding location, and instantly infuse some Old World charm into your big event.

Select your wedding rings

Shop For Wedding Bands

The problem with planning on short notice is that you may not get the wedding rings you want on time. Order those you like anyway, and find a couple of placeholder rings for the ceremony. A pair of inexpensive silver or gold bands at a local town jeweler’s will do just fine. If you want a break from the planning fever, have some fun trying to find your placeholders at an antique store or a flea market.

Be decisive about what you want

Be Decisive

It’s only too easy to fall down the Pinterest rabbit hole! It’s good to have comparisons, but you don’t need to meet with four DJs, three bakers, five photographers, florists, makeup & hair artist, and so on. Limit your search and focus on online user reviews and recommendations, but also their previous work portfolio. Find a vendor you like, connect with them, book and move on. If you have a solid idea what you want your wedding to look like, these decisions will be easier.

Most people plan a wedding a long time ahead, sometimes even years in advance. However, it’s possible to organize the perfect wedding in just a matter of months. And if your date can be flexible, by exploiting any late availability, this short time-handicap may even come with a cost benefit.

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Pull off a beautiful wedding in just 4 months

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Big guest list or extravagant reception

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

You just got engaged – Congratulations! But, now you and your fiance have a decision to make: facing the reality of a finite budget, how will you decide?!

There is a lot to consider, so let’s break it down by decision:

Choosing A Large Guest List vs. An Extravagant Reception

Inviting large number of wedding guests

Invite Everyone:

  • Do you have a big family?
  • Does your fiance have a big family?
  • Will you be getting married locally?
  • Will people be upset if they aren’t invited?
  • Do you or your parents have an extensive list of social or business contacts it is important to invite?

These are all things that you and your beloved will want to think about if you are considering having a large guest list. Couples with large families may feel the pressure to make sure that everyone is included. Having to leave people out could potentially cause family drama, and no one wants that at their wedding! You also may feel the pressure to invite everyone you know if you’re getting married locally to where you work and live since traveling wouldn’t be a burden for people. Another thing to consider is whether or not leaving people off your guest list will offend anyone; you don’t want your wedding to cause hurt feelings.

Just remember that the more people you invite, the higher the costs will be. Wedding venues charge by the head. Even if you plan a massive outdoor wedding at home, you will amass more costs for food and drink with every additional guest.

Planning a lavish reception

Stage An Extravagant Wedding Reception:

  • Have you always dreamt of having special food or features for your perfect day?
  • Do you have expensive taste?
  • Do you want the best of everything?
  • Do you want to spare no expense for your big day?
  • Do you want a destination wedding?

These are just some of the things to consider if you want to have an extravagant reception. Whether you want shrimp appetizers and filet entrees or extra cost items such as a photo booth, a horse-drawn carriage, or high-end venue, especially at a distant location, your cost with being much higher than if you were happy with simpler meal, venue, or wedding events. If having the best is important to your vision of your wedding day, having a large guest list can turn your budget into a costly nightmare.

Lots of people have been dreaming of their wedding days since they were little and have a specific vision in mind. Most of the time, a large price tag is necessary to create your perfect day! If you want to look back on your day and not feel that you cut corners or dug yourself into a large financial hole to create the wedding of your dreams, then an extravagant reception with fewer guests is for you!

At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong answer. Just focus on the two of you, and your end goal: Getting married! Good luck!

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Have the wedding of your dreams

BIO: Today most people lead hectic lives juggling professional careers and don’t have the time, resources, and patience to investigate every little detail of planning their wedding, corporate or special event. Many times people begin planning their event only to realize the process can become consuming and very stressful. Platinum Planning can help you experience elegance and ease throughout the planning stages and duration of your special day whether you want a full-service Event and Design Coordinator, a “Month-of” Coordinator, or something in between. We specialize in planning weddings throughout California, Hawaii, Nevada and New Mexico. For information, check out our website at Platinum Planning.

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