On average, the duration of engagement, meaning the time between saying “Yes!” and “I do!”, is 13-18 months (Huffington Post). Destination weddings usually take the longest to plan. Although, the trend for local weddings is shifting more to 6-12 months. In light of this, service providers that cater to wedding parties are used to operating on a rather long time scale. Therefore, to plan a perfect wedding in three months or less, you’ll need to drop ‘traditional’ wedding planning tips and focus on streamlining the process with the help of tech.
5 Tips for Speed-Planning an Amazing Wedding
- Get yourself a digital wedding planner
Organization is crucial when you need to plan a wedding fast. And the best way to be organized today is to use a planner app that will help you stay on track with helpful reminders and a color-coded calendar. There are quite a few wedding planning apps available today, so check them out and pick what works best for you personally.
Of course, if you can afford it, you can hire a professional wedding planner and have them do all the work.
- Prioritize first
Sit down with your partner and study the wedding checklist. Then, prioritize which of these things are most important to you. Can you skimp on flower arrangements? Do you want to book this exact church or that specific DJ?
Determine your priorities and plan the rest of your wedding around them. Be prepared that you might have to cut down on some of your other ambitions to get your priorities within a limited timeframe.
- Settle for the venue
As the majority of weddings are rather long-term projects, top venues are likely to be pre-booked. Therefore, you will have to settle for what place you can find open. But don’t get upset over it because you can easily transform any venue into a place of your dreams with the help of stylish decorations and a wedding furniture rental. These services will allow you to create a perfect setup for any theme. They also give you a chance to actually save on the venue because you can rent out a cheaper empty space and fill it with the few items you need to recreate your dream wedding venue image.
That ability to save a bit will definitely come in handy considering that the average wedding cost shot up from $27,000 in 2017 to $44,000 in 2019. Who knows what changes 2019 will bring? But if you don’t want to start your married life with a huge family debt, going the money-savvy route is the right thing to do.
- Keep the guest list short
Reducing the number of guests does not only allow you to cut down the total wedding costs. This also helps you ensure everyone important to you attends on short notice. If possible, you should contact all your most important guests to settle the exact date.
If you need to invite many people from far away, you should plan your wedding to take place during some extended holiday weekend. This will increase the chance of people actually getting time off they need to come.
- Don’t be too shy to ask for help
Planning a wedding in three months or less requires a lot of work and it’s definitely not the time for your pride or embarrassment to keep you from asking for help. Talk to your loved ones and friends and ask for their assistance.
You’ll be amazed how fast everything can go when you divide the tasks among a large group of responsible people. This way, you won’t be the one juggling everything, but only coordinating the group effort to ensure everything runs smoothly.