Fed up with waiting or maybe you just don’t want a long engagement? Let’s look at how quickly you can plan your wedding.
Many couples prefer to take time to plan their weddings but if you have decided to bring your wedding date forward then we have some great tips to help you speed up your wedding planning.
SENDING OUT YOUR INVITES
If you are inviting guests then they will need some time to plan ahead. Ideally your guests would need at least six to eight weeks.
You may find many just can’t make it so be prepared for this. Your guests have to plan their holidays, organise work life and also a short timeline means they haven’t planned for an additional expense.
If you are hosting a small wedding with close family and friends let them know as soon as you decide you are going to do it. You can get a stationery designer to create online invites. Use your online invite to send a quick text message. Rather than deciding on invitations and waiting for guests to receive them in the post and the RSVP’s. We are talking the essence of speed so many traditions will be thrown out the window.
Whilst it is tempting to deliberate over making decisions if time is not on your side you must be prepared to make decisions very quickly and just get everything booked. Decide on the ceremony and venue and everything else will quickly slide into place.
If you have never planned a wedding or have no idea where to start, it is definitely worth investing in some help and hiring a wedding planner. Go read more about reasons why you can benefit from hiring a wedding planner in our blog “Why should I hire a Wedding Planner?“. Many wedding planners will do short term planning and have a wealth of suppliers they already know and trust. They will quickly be able to create a timeline for you and make sure all the suppliers are coordinated on the day.
If this isn’t within your budget then you will have to be flexible. A lot of suppliers get booked up in advance so consider a weekday wedding or an out of season wedding.
If they are available book them, be ready to pay deposits and make sure you have contracts with each supplier. Ensure that the contract states as to exactly what they will be providing for your wedding day. As an example, the times they are to be present at your wedding so don’t forget the details.
You don’t want to find you thought you had booked a photographer for 8 hours only to find out they are only contracted for 6 hours. Or you thought the catering were providing glassware only to find out on the day it isn’t in your contract.
BUDGETING AND MAKING PAYMENTS
Be ready to have your money ready. Most couples budget over a year but if you are planning a wedding in a short time you do need access to your wedding funds.
If you are hosting a wedding during low season or a weekday with a short term booking you may be able to find some negotiation room with your suppliers.
ASKING FOR HELP
Be super organised and ask for help. Get your best friend to help with the accommodation arrangements or speaking to the venue. Ask your parents to decide on the catering details. Try to let go of the micro management and enjoy everyone helping and being involved.
They will all feel part of it too and the excitement will build up for your wedding.
If there is someone whose taste you completely trust let them be in charge of decor, florals and organising your wedding cake.
Do remember your wedding day is all about you as a couple and it is a celebration of your love! Don’t worry too much about what flavour the cake should be or any other small details.
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How quickly can I plan a wedding? It is officially so easy.