wedding planning

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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Planning your dream wedding

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

Before the planning of your dream wedding begins, take some time to celebrate with your new fiancé. This may be the only time the two of you get to share this special, once in a lifetime, moment before the world knows. Be sure and commemorate this special moment with pictures. Just don’t upload them to social media until you read our advice below.

10 Tips For Planning Your Dream Wedding

Here are ten things to do to make planning your dream wedding a reality:

Share your good news

1Share Your Good News

This is the time to let your family and close friends in on your secret and share the joy you feel with them. Even if you have not spoken to some in a while, reaching out in person or with a phone call will make everyone feel they are an important part of your lives. Now is not the time to send an email or do a social media post. People want to hear the news from you, personally. After you have told your family and close friends, then you can announce your engagement via social media.

2. Listen to Each Other

What type of wedding do you both envision? If you are polar opposites when it comes to your dream wedding, it’s important to talk it out and find some common ground. What are the things you both want and what can you both live without? Listening to and being very clear on what you both want and don’t want will make future planning much less challenging!

Collect wedding ideas

3. Start Collecting Ideas

Today, there are lots of resources for wedding and reception ideas and inspiration:  magazines, images, books, blogs, websites, Pinterest, Instagram, television, and online media wedding programs.

4.  Set Up Your Website

Having a wedding website will help you present information in an organized fashion to everyone who “needs to know” and give people the opportunity to check up on wedding news and information as it happens. Be sure to include links to your bridal registry and any pre-parties leading up to your wedding. You can set up your website using free services; Wedding Wire, TheKnot, and are just a few sites you can use.

Send Save-the-Date cards

5.  Set a Date

If you haven’t yet set a date, set an approximate or tentative date.  Do you want to get married in the spring, in the summer? Is fall the time of year that makes your heart sing? Did you always envision a winter wedding? Whatever time of year you choose, start planning and reserve all those things you need as early on in the planning process as possible. Some venues require that you book their space a year or more in advance.  In-season flowers are often less expensive than out-of-season flowers… details, details, details. Having a set date will help you as you fine tune the details. Once the actual date has been set, send out “Save the Date” notes; people need time to plan, and this allows your guests time to plan to attend your wedding.

6.  Now That You Know WHEN, it’s Time to Choose WHERE

Do you want to get married in town or in a rural setting? In your hometown?  if not, then where you currently live? Have you always dreamt of a destination wedding? A wedding on the beach can be so romantic and memorable for everyone who attends. Whatever your choice, it’s a good idea to start thinking about where very early on in the planning process. Ask your planner to help with ideas for venues. The best venues are often booked a year or more in advance, and you don’t want to have to settle for your second or third choice.

Insure your engagement ring

7.  Insure Your Engagement Ring

It would be a shame if something happened to one of the most important pieces of jewelry you will own in your lifetime. Nothing can replace the original, but insurance can help lessen the blow if it is lost or damaged and will help you get a suitable replacement.

8.  Set Your Budget

You should have an idea of what you want to do for your wedding and what you can feasibly spend. You also need to know who’s paying for what. It’s easy to get carried away but it may not be practical. Whether or not you have not saved for your BIG DAY, or your parents don’t have an endless stream of money to help you pay for your wedding, a budget will keep you on track so your costs don’t get out of control. Ask your planner for a budget tool.

Registering for gifts

9.  Sign up on Registries

It is important to register early. While many people are last-minute gift shoppers, others like to know what you need as soon as they find out you’re engaged, so that they have access to the largest group of gifts to choose from. Choose registry gifts with your spouse-to-be; it’s fun to see what your partner wants and vice versa. Be sure to check the store return policies to help you better plan your registry. List the places you are registered on your newly created website. And, be sure to check out Honeyfund, a perfect one-stop wedding registry site where you will find thousands of five-star reviews, and sign-up is FREE.

10.  Enlist the Help of a Wedding Planner

There are so many details that a wedding planner can help with that will save you time, alleviate needless stress and even save you money, especially when it comes to destination weddings. A wedding planner, from the area where you are being married, is familiar the venues, vendors and local traditions and can save you hours of work and cut your destination education in half or more!

Wedding plans come through

As you go through the wedding planning process, never lose sight of why you are getting married in the first place. Be sure to find time to focus on each other. And remember to enjoy the planning. Your big day will go by more quickly than you expect, the memories you make leading up to your big day will last a lifetime. Make sure they are positive, fun and filled with love and anticipation.

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