Although many couples spend a year or more planning an elegant black tie affair, many need to plan a quick wedding in only a matter of months. Whether you simply don’t have a year to dedicate to agonizing over every detail, have an upcoming deployment, or are just eager to say “I do,” we have you covered with these pro tips for planning an amazing wedding on short notice.
1. Get the invites out
If you are planning a wedding in three months or less, one of your top priorities should be finalizing the guest list, getting the wedding invites in the mail, and getting definitive RSVPs. Wedding planning experts suggest creating a wedding website for guests to RSVP through and ditching the traditional RSVP cards, which guests can be slow about getting in the mail.
2. Keep your bridal party small
When choosing attendants, Martha Stewart Weddings suggests keeping it very small and sticking to one or two bridesmaids and one or two groomsmen. Having a smaller wedding party simplifies choosing a date, coordinating schedules, and is a major time saver when planning a wedding in a short timeframe.
3. Pick your top priorities and focus on those
If you are planning your wedding in a few months or less, you are going to need to pick the details that are most important to you and focus on making them happen! If you have a specific venue, photographer, or band in mind, check with them right away and reserve their services. This may mean compromising on other areas like catering, flowers, or rentals, but it will all be worth it when you have your perfect day planned in a timely matter.
4. Opt for a ready-to-wear dress
Tailoring and alterations can be time-consuming, and many top bridal boutiques estimate designer dress orders to take anywhere from six to eight months. Rather than holding up your wedding for a gown that will take months to be ready (and probably cost you a small fortune), experts suggest choosing a ready-to-wear dress. This doesn’t mean you can’t find something amazing. Some pointers for finding the perfect dress on a short timeline include checking out second-hand wedding shops (as well as eBay!), outlets, and sample sales.
5. Think outside of the box!
Planning a wedding on short notice means that you will probably not be able to book all of the vendors you would like, since many of them book up over a year in advance. However this doesn’t mean that you have to do without great food, flowers, and decor. You might just have to get a little bit creative! Some ideas we love include making your own wedding playlist and nixing the DJ or band, skipping the open bar, purchasing wine and beer in bulk, and hiring a bartender or friend to serve for the evening, and contacting local bakeries about purchasing standard cakes (you can even add your own details later).
Planning a quick wedding doesn’t mean you won’t have an incredible day! By choosing the details that are most important to you, compromising on other decisions, and getting a little creative, you can quickly (and painlessly) plan a wedding in three months or less.
While you are swept up in planning your perfect day, don’t let the little details like your grand wedding exit slip your mind. If you are looking for wedding send off ideas, check out these 30 we found to be amazing. We also offer a wide selection of wedding sparklers that are an easy and inexpensive option for a magical send off.