How to plan a wedding in 10 weeks or less
You’re engaged- congratulations! And you have decided that you don’t want (or can’t have) a long engagement. So what are you to do if you want to plan a nice wedding, on a dime, and fast? You follow this easy guide, of course!
Steps to plan a wedding in 10 weeks or less
Buy a planner
You will need one. Get it now and save yourself some headache.
Download an app
You will need it, too, especially when on the go. Download one of the many free wedding planning apps out there and get started. Find one that is customization to save yourself hassle, headache, and unnecessary work.
Set your date and time and location
Do all of these things at once so that you will eliminate confusion when you start picking your bridal party. If you and your fiance agree on September 16 at 6 p.m., in your hometown, stick to it!
Pick your party
Let them know the date, time, and location up front when asking them to be in the wedding. You’re planning this quickly, so they will need to know if they’re already booked that week and cannot accept your invite to be in the wedding.
Plan your theme
On week two of your wedding planning, plan your theme. You need to have this down before you make any lists or buy a sing item. Spend the whole week researching colors, patterns, and themes and settle on one. If you want to plan it quickly, though, keep it simple.
Book your venue and get to hiring
On week three, book your venue and hire all the people you will need , like a photographer, officiate, and florist. These need to be booked within six weeks before the wedding, so spend this week getting those people booked to help you or asking people you know to pitch in.
Make your to-do and shopping list
On the fourth week, use that calendar and app to make yourself a to-do and shopping list. You should also tell the bridal party, the groom, and everyone else the dress code and requirements. Speaking of dresses- have you found yours? Get to looking! You should have it and all accessories bought at least four weeks before the wedding to allow time for any last minute alterations.
On week five you need to send out invites. That came fast, huh? That’s why you needed the venue, date and time set so soon! Focus your energy on invites this week and make them happen. There are many DIY options, so no need to order and spend more time and money. This is the week you should also buy rings. After they’re purchased of the way, you can focus on the rest of your to-do and shopping list because the major things are out of the way!
Don’t go big name
When buying your dress, do not go big name or you will spend more money than you need and you may not have time to get alterations done. Go with a smaller boutique, or order one form an online site and have a local seamstress alter it for you.
Don’t go for cake
Cupcakes, pies, and dessert bars are faster to make, cheaper, and can be ordered as little as one week in advance. Try that instead of buying a huge cake that could take a chunk out of your budget and cause you more stress than it’s worth.
Do a potluck
Have people pitch in to help instead of doing all the food on your own or having a caterer. You could also opt for catering from a local restaurant, but be sure to order with them three weeks before the wedding.
Your wedding is now planned in less than 10 weeks and is sure to be a beautiful event. Congratulations! Do you have tips for planning a quick wedding that we’ve not thought of? Leave us a comment and let us know what worked for you!
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