In Utah (where I live), it is very typical for an engagement to last 2-3 months. People don’t consider that strange at all. In fact, my own was just under 3 months and it wasn’t difficult at all to find venues and vendors not only available, but “in the know” on such a short timeline. That isn’t the case in most other locations, and that’s why I love the advice Heather Hewitt from Shutterfly (a company I LOVE) gives. I’m so happy she is guest posting today!
Planning a Wedding in Two Months or Less:
A wedding can take a lot of time and energy – and money – to plan, but what if you want to get married in less than two months? The great news is that it’s completely possible. However, if you choose to go this route, you will need to remember one very important rule: call in reinforcements! In other words, you can’t do it alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Another thing to remember is that less time might mean a few sacrifices, unless you are willing to spend more money to rush order something.
Here are some other tips you’ll need to know when planning a fast-track wedding:
• Choose the date immediately. Because your guests need time to ask off work and make travel
plans, you will need to figure out quickly the wedding date and send out save the dates or – if
the wedding is extremely close – wedding invites. Be sure to place the city and state if you send
save the dates, as people making travel arrangements will need to know that information. When
choosing invitations, once you know the date, time and place, hop online and select from a
variety of options – and select expedited shipping.
• Figure out a location. Ask around among your friends and family to find out whether you can
use someone’s backyard for your event. If that doesn’t work, check other outdoor locations like
parks, as well as churches, to find a location that is not often booked far in advance.
• Select your bridal party. Make your bridesmaids’ responsibilities as easy as possible for them.
Give them dates you are available for a shower so they can order bridal shower invitations and
plan the event as quickly as possible. In addition, realize that there may not be time to order
matching bridesmaids’ dresses, so tell them a color and let them select a dress that is flattering
• Find your gown as soon as possible. It can take awhile for a bride to find her wedding dress, but if your wedding is in two months or less, you do not have much time to order your gown and get
it altered. Look for dresses you can buy off the rack so you can take it to be altered immediately.
Be aware that you may have to pay extra for a rush fitting – however, this is money well spent!
After all, every woman wants to feel like a princess on her wedding day.
• Create your own bouquets. Flowers can be an expensive part of a wedding, but with a little
time and creativity, they don’t have to be. Purchase in-season flowers in bulk from a wholesale
store the day before the wedding and ask each bridesmaid to create her own bouquet. If you’re
afraid you won’t have time for this, ask a talented friend who isn’t in the bridal party to make
the bouquets for you. It can be her wedding gift to you.
• Order your cake from a grocery store. A lot of large, well-known bakeries are booked months
in advance. However, grocery stores and smaller bakeries make delicious, fashionable cakes on
short notice. To save money, order a small cake for you and your groom to cut into, and sheet
cakes – which are generally cheaper than decorative cakes – for the guests.
• Go simple with the food. A five-course meal is likely not possible this late in the game, but
you can find a restaurant with carryout catering for an easy fix. Another option is to set your
wedding in the early afternoon and serve appetizers and dessert instead of a full-blown meal.
Who doesn’t love a cookie bar or chocolate fountain dippers?
For everything else, including music and decorations, remember the golden rule: ask for help. When you do this, it’s possible to plan the wedding of your dreams in two months or less. Now get to work and enjoy your big day!
Author Bio: Heather Hewitt is a seasoned writer and guest author who enjoys connecting people with thoughtful products, services and ideas as they relate to crafting, photography, gift giving and personal expression.