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Plan your wedding in a short time frameThis 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 a wedding in a short amount of time? The answer is yes! I’m Melissa, event and wedding planner for Minneapolis-based, MH Event Productions and Consulting. In the last 10+ years, I have planned every kind of event you can possibly think of; big productions hosting 1000+ people to weddings of 250 to small baby showers that only have about 20 people. Whether the event has been big or small, there are times where I have had over a year to plan, then there have been events where I have had only 2 months! Either way, I got it done! How? The key is to stay organized and be smart about it.

Tips To Plan A Wedding In A Short Amount Of Time

Wedding venue

Select Your Venue

If you don’t know where to start when it comes to planning, get the people involved within the event lined up first! This would be your vendors and your guests. The first vendor to book for your wedding is your venue. They are the one vendor that sets the tone; the location, time, date, theme, you name it! This will allow you to narrow down the other vendors needed to make the day complete, as most venues are booked about 6 months out, if not more. So, email a handful in case some are booked already, but don’t forget to do your research and look at reviews FIRST. Don’t just book someone right off the bat because they were the first ones to reply back saying they are available. So research, research, research, even BEFORE reaching out! Just because you are on a time crunch doesn’t mean you need to settle for just anyone.

Save the date

Save Your Date

In addition to vendors, the next group of people to reach out to after booking the venue is your guests, including the bridal party. Although you won’t have all the details to send an actual invite so they have all the necessary information, you can send a Save the Date with the location and your wedding website – Yes, have a website! As you get more information about the big day, your guests can get updates as well and plan accordingly.

Wedding party attire

Choosing Wedding Attire

The attire is next. Being a wardrobe stylist in addition to an event planner for 15 years and also offering it within my planning packages, I can tell you that buying bridesmaid dresses online is becoming more and more popular with my brides, especially the brides that ARE trying to plan a wedding in a short amount of time. Can I also mention that it is easy, too? You can pay a little bit more to have dresses shipped overnight; you can order multiple sizes and return the ones that don’t fit. Again, this is easy for those brides that have a wedding date just around the corner. But what about the guys and their suits? That’s easy peasy! Most guys do not pick out their suits until about 4 months ahead of time anyway, so do not worry.

Find the perfect wedding dress

So you’ve got your vendors, your guests and the attire taken care of, but what about YOUR attire? You can easily buy a dress online from a well-known store although the design will be simpler and not your authentic wedding dress type of look. If you do want that authentic wedding dress style, there are several bridal consignment stores you can visit which are becoming more and more popular or you can buy right off the rack from bridal shops. However, with this option, you need to have patience, especially if you are not a sample size. It is definitely doable though – don’t fret. I’ve had to go that route with brides before and everything was still perfect! Hint: some bridal shops will host sample sales. Photo credit: Tinge Photography

On the other side of things, if there is a little bit of time before the wedding, shops may be able to rush the dress, but it will come with a hefty price tag. In the end though, you will have a brand new dress.

Finalizing wedding detail

Finalizing Details

Then come all the details. This is where it can get tricky as your schedule will get crazy busy in a short amount of time, but 1) that’s what personal days and PTO are for, 2) you gotta do what you gotta do, and 3) just remember to breathe, stay organized and keep your checklist nearby.

After reading this whole blog, are you feeling overwhelmed or scared? This is where the price of a Day of Coordinator or a Full Planner should not have a price tag. Not only will you save yourself stress and time from researching, especially the day of, but we are professionals and have dealt with this sort of thing before. We will get your wedding planned in no time, but again, just be prepared to be busy with meetings and tastings – but who doesn’t like tastings?

Happy planning, future brides!

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Bio: MH Event Productions & Consulting is an award-winning, full service, event and wedding planning company with 15 years of experience based in the Twin Cities.

 

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No cookie-cutter wedding for you

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’ve always been into things luxurious and palatial, so why should your wedding be anything less than an over-the-top affair? Or perhaps you prefer to keep it low key but still want your wedding to be out of the box. This isn’t just any old wedding – and it shouldn’t look like it. Sure, no matter what type of wedding you want, you can take inspiration from movies, magazines, and your besties, but this is your day, and just like you, it should be one-of-a-kind. A cookie-cutter wedding is the last thing you want.

Make your wedding unique

What’s Unique About Both Of You? Brainstorm Time!

Typically, brides dislike cookie-cutter weddings because they have seen the same details, the same cake, and listened to the same songs over and over again. They want their wedding to be different and after a while, all the Pinterest inspiration begins to look the same.

Do you want Fido as part of our wedding?

How can you make your wedding stand out? Well, it starts with both of you! Sit down together and brainstorm what you both love, what makes you unique. Jot down and discuss all your likes, dislikes, and things you don’t like at weddings. Your wedding must absolutely compliment your lifestyle and core values.

Add a Star Wars touch

But how you can incorporate your diverse personalities into your wedding. For example, if you dislike DJ’s or bands than hire a dueling piano instead. Getting married on May 4th? Add a Star Wars touch. Do you love Chick Fil A? Get catering for the end of the night munchies. Do you love puns? Do what one of our brides did and use puns as your table numbers. Have a furry friend? Add them to your wedding party or even have donations to rescue societies. Love fall? Add white pumpkins with succulents flowing out of them.

Don’t forget to discuss color themes and the feel of your wedding. You are two unique people with your own tastes, so let your individuality shine to reflect a custom wedding day experience.

Plan a destination wedding

Make It A Destination Trip

Of course, Europe is never a bad idea, from castles to caves, the options are endless. What is truly important is that your location reflects who you are and what you value in life. Weddings are becoming more of an experience than an exactment of old traditions as many couples are creating brand new ones. “Couples are looking for the unconventional approach, mixing local customs with their own and providing an experience unique to any ceremony they have attended before,” said Jenny Chang, founder of ROCKNEVENTS  (RNE) “Excursions are a cool way to get immersed in the local culture and to help your guests get excited about your destination pick.”

Planning a destination wedding can be more challenging since you are not physically there but you can always hire a great team to make sure all the details are in check.

Wedding in Paris

An Unforgettable Venue

We are allergic to cookie-cutter wedding venues. You should be too. If you are unsure of where to get married, we recommend you hire a wedding planner. They have insight into the venue details that will best fit your style. They also have the inside scoop on which venues provide the most worthwhile experiences.

We at RNE crave venues that will blow the minds of your guests. If you want a majestic garden vibe, we got you covered. If you want fantasy, we will find an incredible vineyard that oozes royalty. So it is important to do some research and consult with wedding designers and producers. Venues play a big role in choosing destination locations as well, so think about what you’re looking for in the architecture and feel of your wedding.

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Breaking Tradition and Creating New Ones

Your wedding day shouldn’t be a set of rituals and must-haves. Don’t be afraid to skip the toasts, miss out on the bouquet toss or skip the bouquet altogether. It’s best that you start with a blank canvas and think about what the most important thing is for the both of you. Is it to have more of an intimate experience? Is it for your guests to have an amazing time? Is it to fuse your two cultures? Couples are looking for inspiration abroad as well:

“They are ditching traditional churches and are opting for medieval Irish castles on cliffs overlooking the open ocean or lavender fields in the French countryside”, says Jenny Chang. “From small chapels in Rome to the most lavish vineyards in Tuscany, the opportunities are endless for breathtaking views, romantic settings, and irresistible cuisines.”

You can add inspiration from other cultural traditions by mixing it with your own to create a brand new one. The options are truly endless. Just remember to focus on what matters most to both of you.

Eclectic Design Elements

Common centerpieces and tiered tablecloths are been there, done that. But how about countless candles and 20-foot high succulent walls? If you have a vision, get a team that has a plan that delivers!

When thinking of eclectic design elements, lighting always comes to mind. String lights and dangling terrarium candle globes will go the extra mile.

The next crucial step is to design your florals. Lavish roses, palatial succulents, and sumptuous hydrangeas all give off that modern deluxe vibe we crave.

Then, think about your exit before the after party. Hire a food truck, hot dog stand or even ice cream cart. This can allow for your personalities to leave one more lasting impression.

The Party Doesn’t Stop When the Reception Does

Unless you turn into a pumpkin at midnight, your reception shouldn’t end until you want it to.

Your celebration can last ‘til dawn if you’re up for it. Take the party to the next level and celebrate your nuptials until the wee hours of the morning.

Your guests will appreciate the option to keep partying past midnight. Consider extending your reception hours or even taking things to a local bar for some restless fun! All in all,  you must have your fingerprints on the overall wedding experience.

Untraditional venue

Avoid Cookie-Cutter Weddings

“A cookie-cutter wedding, what’s that?” says every badass wedding planner out there. But we don’t just talk the talk. This is your day, so let’s figure out how to make it all about you, down to every detail.

Say goodbye to Pinterest weddings and hello to the era of ROCKNEVENTS wedding production. We’re loud, outspoken, and badass. So are you. Let’s stop talking and start planning your wedding already.

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Bio: ROCKNEVENTS stages unique weddings from its headquarters in Marina Del Rey, CA. For great ideas, read our blog.

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