Image Credit : Deb Boots, Sydney Wedding Photographer
The good folks over at Junebug Weddings have published a helpful article for brides that are planning a wedding in less than 6 months.
Planning a wedding in six months or less might sound impossible, but if you follow these tips from Junebug Weddings, you should be able to achieve it!
Early in my photography career, my friend planned her wedding in 6 weeks, even changing her dress the week before. There were some unfortunate circumstances that meant they had to rush to the alter and put the wedding together in a short space of time. They were a couple that did life differently, so it wasn’t a traditional wedding by any standards, but it was the perfect wedding for them. For them, it was having the people they loved all together in one room.
Sadly my friend was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 32, way too young! She survived past her first wedding anniversary ( Yeah! ) and its not my intention to bring down the mood, but to inspire couples that if you knuckle down and make decisions, wedding planning is a synch!.
With respect to my friend’s family, I don’t share any of their wedding photos online so I can’t show you results of their spectacular day. But I can tell you the ceremony was held on the rooftop of a building in Highgate Hill, Brisbane – Torbreck has a wonderful local history story of its own – across the road from where my friends lived. Their wedding photos were around West End, a community they loved and had lived for many years. Followed by a dinner at a local restaurant. It was a perfect day from a photographers point of view with lots of love and happy times shared, but also a friends point of view I couldn’t think of a better way to remember my friend. My reason for sharing this personal story, is to send the message that, if you focus on what is important then anything is possible.
It is totally possible for you to create a beautiful and unique celebration in a short amount of time too. Junebug Weddings have put together their top tips to help you plan the wedding of your dreams in less than a year. These suggestions will help you get in the right headspace to plan a wedding in a short amount of time, help guide your priorities, and have you crossing off your wedding planning to-do list in no time!
Image Credit : Deb Boots, Sydney Wedding Photographer
STRESS-FREE WEDDING PLANNING TIPS
PLAN A WEDDING IN LESS THAN 6 MONTHS
1. Be decisive.
With such a short timeline, you won’t have the luxury of wasting time browsing Pinterest and changing your mind with every new wedding inspiration picture you discover. It’s best to start planning with a clear vision of how you see your wedding day. Junebug Weddings highly recommend making a mood board for your wedding before you do anything else – read Junebug Weddings’ guide to creating a wedding mood board here.
A mood board will immediately narrow your focus, which will be a huge time-saver in the long run. To save even more time and reduce stress, intentionally limit your options. Don’t try to choose between 50 different floral design options or 10 different hairstyles. Consult your mood board, pick 2-3 options that match the vibe, and choose your favourite. Know what you love, so don’t second-guess yourself! Once you make a decision, cross it off your list forever and move on to the next decision.
2. Stay on top of your emails.
Your vendors will already be working with a short turnaround time, so don’t make them wait a week for a decision or an answer a question. Check your inbox often and either respond immediately or flag wedding-related emails ‘un-read’ so they don’t get lost until you can get back to them. Make your goal to respond to every email within 24-48 hours. This will keep you and your vendors on track and will increase your chances of nailing down products and services that are your first choice. In the long run it will save you time because if a supplier or product becomes unavailable, you wont have to start from scratch.
3. Choose your wedding date based on venue availability.
A lot of venues book up 12 months or more in advance, so your top priority should be to book a venue ASAP! With a short engagement, you’ll likely have limited options, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a great space for your celebration. One way to open up your options is to keep your wedding date flexible. Rather than contacting venues for specific dates, ask what dates the venue has available in a certain timeframe that you prefer. That includes being open to non-traditional days, like Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Sundays. Make a list of your favourite venues — and maybe some unconventional ones to expand your options — and contact them from your first choice down. Once you find an available date that works for you and your fiancé, book it in and stop your search. Keep in mind, a venue won’t secure your date without a down payment. Remember, being decisive is key!
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and delegate jobs.
You have a tribe of friends and family that want your day to be perfect, so it just makes sense to turn to them for help – anyway isn’t that what bridesmaids are for! If you’re a DIY bride, you could plan craft parties with your girlfriends to help you knock out those creative details. Use your contacts, if you have creative friends, ask if they want to contribute their talents so you don’t have to hunt down suppliers. Once you start delegating, you’ll want an easy way to keep track of who is in charge of what job. Create a shared spreadsheet on Google Drive and ask each person to update it regularly. That way you (or your maid of honor) can make sure everything gets done without having to constantly check in with each person individually.
5. Buy your dress off the rack or online.
There are so many great alternatives to custom wedding dresses these days, from online shops to bridal shops! If you are online shopping, make sure you have sufficient time to get alterations made should the dress arrive and not fit properly or you are not happy with the style once you try it on and need to find an alternative dress. If online shopping isn’t your thing, most bridal boutiques do offer off-the-rack options but they are likely to be more limited. Also keep an eye out for sales. We recommend contacting the boutique to find out if their inventory aligns with what you’re looking for before making an appointment. Whether buying online or off the rack, don’t forget to take into account alterations and avoid buying a dress that will need extensive changes made.
Okay so now it’s time to get planning, you don’t have time to wait – you can do it!
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