Are you excited to plan your upcoming wedding? Some couples will allot a few months to one full year for wedding preparations with their professional wedding and party planner, but trust me, it can be done in less than 3 months. Here are some tips you can follow to ensure that every detail would be managed properly.
1. Finalize the most basic details.
Three of the things that you should do first? Set a wedding date, choose a venue, and create a budget plan. What kind of wedding party would you like to have? How many guests are you planning to have? Just in case your first wedding venue choice is not available, don’t feel bad. Keep an open mind, and continue looking for that dream location.
2. Think outside the box.
Since you want your wedding preparation to be done in less than 3 months, there is a possibility that you won’t be able to close a deal with your area’s trusted vendors. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to execute a successful celebration. Just be creative and flexible! Need some more tips?
- Consider a potluck wedding
- Explore do-it-yourself options
- Purchase wine and beer in bulk from brewery or vineyard
- Consider simple floral arrangements
- Buy a standard cake from your local bakery instead of making a customized order
3. Send out invitations.
You need to send out your invitations as soon as possible, and give the guests an option to RSVP, via social media or email. Remember, some of your friends, especially those who have busy careers, may not send immediate responses. Just keep in mind that you need to send your venue and vendors a final headcount many weeks before the wedding.
4. Find an officiant.
Decide on who you would want to officiate your wedding. There are various individuals who can officiate your special event—a judge, a clergy member, justice of the peace or ordained friend. Everything would depend on your religion or your state’s marriage laws.
5. Buy your wedding attire.
Since it takes around 6 months to order a wedding dress from a designer, you need to find a faster way to get a classy ensemble. Are you open to an unconventional look? If yes, you can buy a white bridesmaid dress. It would be a cheaper choice. To score a good, classy dress, you can check consignment stores and vintage shops.
6. Get creative and crafty.
You don’t need to spend a huge amount of money to have a beautiful wedding. Just be creative and crafty. Why don’t you invite your friends for a wine and crafts night? You can come up with awesome cards and decorations that can be used around the venue.
7. Get a marriage license.
I understand that you’re in a rush, but make sure not to forget the most important document in this event—a wedding license. Head to the courthouse one week before the special event to ensure that the paperwork is in order.