He popped the question! Congratulations. Uh oh, you now have to plan a wedding in less than one year. Yes, a wedding planned in less than a year is considered short time. Lots of details to complete just to pull off the perfect day. Why would a wedding happen so quickly? Past quick wedding planning have resulted from pregnancy, job or career change in location, someone in the family is not healthy, and planning the perfect time when the most amount of family and friends would be able to attend.
Planning a Wedding in Short Time
The first thing brides-to-be need to do is take a deep breath and take notes. RELAX. The big day will come and go. The most important aspect of the wedding is that the bride and groom celebrate their love for each other and get married. Just live with the fact that something will go wrong. It is up to you how you handle it.
Second, consider hiring a wedding planner. They are wedding professionals and have other professionals in their little black book that can put together a wedding rapidly. Event planners can handle the logistics of the wedding day.
Third, do the most amount of work possible in the first month. Create all your to-do lists, complete as many DIY projects as possible. The first month is when you will have the most amount of energy without burnout. Make your budget and plan and conduct the biggest purchases. Book as many wedding locations and vendors as quick as possible to reserve your wedding date. Prioritize duties between the bride and groom to keep each other on track at all times.
Now that you have your to-do lists prioritized, engage the help of family and friends to help where possible. They will appreciate being part of the planning process and you could use the help! Specify duties according to their roles in the wedding. An example would be to have one set of parents handle RSVPs and the other sending out save-the-date announcements.
Fourth, you must be open-minded while planning your wedding. Consider options that may not be your first choice or maybe your first choice is not available because of such short notice. Maybe your flowers are out of season, maybe your wedding location is booked, and maybe your best friend DJ wants to party and not work. However, better options may be at-hand! The local vineyard may be available for the wedding, the florist has a better option for flowers and a local band is available. Also consider out of the norm savings like having the wedding on a Sunday.
Lastly, look at the benefits of planning a wedding in a short amount of time.
- Less time to change your mind!
- Unlikely to get burned out as you remain focused.
- Enjoy the fun tasting aspects of wedding planning like cake tasting, menu tasting, and specialty drink tasting!
- Typically same costs as those brides planning 1.5-2 years in advance.
- Go with your first choice as it tends to be the best. You will not regret it
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