Wedding Planning at Lightning Speed
Wedding Planning at Lightning Speed
How long, exactly, does it take to plan the perfect wedding? Well… that’s kind of a trick question. If I were advising you based on the least amount of stress involved in the process, I would tell you to start your planning at least a year in advance. But if you’re willing to let go of some of your “perfect wedding” visions (or at least modify them a bit) and all that matters to you is saying “I Do,” you can still have the wedding of your dreams on very last minute notice.
Start with a Checklist
Just how last minute are we talking here? Three months? Thirty days? Two weeks? Whatever the case may be, wedding planning is overwhelming. There is just no way you’ll be able to keep track of everything that needs to be done in your head. So, start with a checklist. You can find plenty of wedding planning checklists online that will give you an idea of what you may need to accomplish. Pick and choose what’s relevant to you and your wedding dreams, and then make a list of your own.
Consider a Wedding Planner
Sure, most wedding planner’s are probably booked up by now. But having a professional’s help, especially for a last minute wedding, can be invaluable. And if you’re willing to get married on a weekday, your chances of finding someone (this is true for all wedding pros) who might be available improve dramatically. Even if they can’t be there for your big day, though, it’s possible some planners may be able to provide you limited services to help. Either way, shoot a few quick e-mails off to reputable wedding planners and see if there are any who might be willing to take on your event. Start by simply explaining your situation and the date of your intended nuptials; no use in wasting your time beyond that if they come back with an affirmative, “No can do.” In fact, you should employ the same method with all the vendors you are contacting.
Plenty of brides have their weddings planned out in their head to the most minute detail, but the more you are willing to let go of those intricate visions on your big day, the happier you will be with the final outcome when it comes to a last minute wedding. For instance, coordinating bridesmaids dresses usually have to be ordered in advance. But if you are willing to let your bridesmaids pick their own dresses, perhaps just sticking to a specific color palette, you can save a lot of hassle there. Let go a little, instead of controlling every detail, plan to be a guest at your own wedding. Guests didn’t pick colors or favors, but are usually surprised and thrilled with almost any event put together by professionals.
Embrace the Informality
Depending on how short notice we’re talking, there may not be time for invites or save the dates. That’s where an Evite or e-mail invitation can come in. Sure, it’s far from “proper” etiquette, but that’s why a last minute wedding sometimes requires a willingness to embrace the informality. Make a quip in your Evite about how the formal invitations got lost in the mail, and then move forward with a smile. However, if you are really down to the line, you may have to (gasp) actually call your guests and invite them that way. Hey, at least you’ll know if they an come or not and you get a chance to catch up with everyone in the process!
Make it Official
Don’t forget the most important step—you have to make it official. Be sure you have your wedding license and know the requirements for legalizing your marriage. After all, it’s just a party otherwise!