Monday, March 19, 2012

Can a wedding be planned in 6 weeks?


If you have a short timeframe for your wedding and reception - for whatever reason - start with the basic question. What is most important thing you and your fiance want to walk away saying about your wedding day? (I like this question no matter how much time you plan for your wedding.) This question help you sort through what is important and what is nice to have but not necessary in a time crunch. Concentrate on the important and if extra time allows, work on the nice stuff to have.

List of things to evaluate:
Flexibility - If you have a short timeframe be open to many possibilities. Maybe have the ceremony & reception in same location so you are only looking for one venue. Also consider a Friday or Sunday (or even maybe Monday - Thursday). During peak months Saturdays are not easy to find on short notice.
Marriage license - Most marriage licenses can be obtained within a week of your wedding date.
Invitations - For weddings most invitations are sent 6-8 weeks before the wedding day, so think electronic. They won't cost as much and they will help your wedding day be a little green.
Caterer - Some venues already have caterers on staff so that is easy. If your venue doesn't ask for recommendations. Another option is to have a light cake or dessert and punch reception.
Bartender - Again some venues have bartenders on staff and alcohol to serve. If not again ask for recommendation or consider just beer & wine or no alcohol. It would be easier & less expensive.

Cake - You don't usually have to order cakes 6 months in advance so this is an area you don't have to compromise, but always consider other options - cup cakes, pies, cookies or other desserts.
Dress - It is important to have something to wear, but it doesn't need to be a special order. Check out bridal consignment shops or rack sales. They are a great place to find designer gowns without having to wait for your order.
Photography - You may have to give up using the best photographer in town, but ask them for recommendation. They will know where to send you. It may take a few tries, but you will find one you like.

Tuxedo - Again, it is important to have something to wear, but why not wear a suit. Most grooms and groomsmen would prefer a suit to a tuxedo.
Flowers - Beautiful? YES! Easy? Yes, if you are paying somebody else to do them.

DIY projects - Unless you have all the time in the world, I don't recommend many of these. They take a lot of time and they cause much stress.

One great thing about planning with short notice - you may be able to negotiate a discount for some items.

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