Hello everyone! I, as some of you may know, got married a couple of month ago. We got engaged in January and were married in April… all in 2017. I wanted to share some tips and pointers on how we pulled off a beautiful wedding on a time crunch! When you plan a wedding on such short notice there are some things that you may have to give up that you originally wanted. However, planning a wedding in three months is entirely possible! I hope you enjoy!
- Start planning ASAP. There is a lot you need to think about right away. You don’t really have the luxury to “think about it”. Luckily, my husband and I had an idea already of what we wanted. By the end of January, we already had our save the dates sent, venue, DJ, photographer, bridesmaids & groomsmen, and caterer. Once you nail down these major things, there isn’t a ton left to be stressed about.
- Have a small wedding party. Now days you see wedding parties with 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen. If you have that many friends, that’s great… but that ends up being 20 individuals you need to get fitted, dressed, and to the location of your wedding with places to stay (if they are out of town). My husband and I each picked two people. I chose my sister (maid of honor) and my closest friend (matron of honor).
- Know that many out of town guests may not be able to make it. When you give people 3 months notice on a wedding, it may be hard for them to save up enough money or be able to get off work to make it to your wedding. Luckily, all of the critical family and friends we have were able to come, but we weren’t expecting that up front.
- Keep an open mind. In order to plan a wedding quickly, you have to be flexible. I originally wanted the ceremony in a church and the reception in a barn. I was going to be rustic and quaint and absolutely picture perfect… that is until I started visiting barn venues. Turns out, they weren’t my style and the ones that were, were a little too far away. Then we ran into the snafu that no churches would marry us. We belonged to a small church that didn’t have it’s own building. We already knew that my grandfather was going to marry us, so we really just needed a church. All of the churches said that they only allow members to be married in their facilities. My “ideal” wedding had to get a make over because I needed a new plan and I needed one fast.
- Everything will work out beautifully. Just because you don’t have a lot of time, does not mean that it won’t be absolutely perfect. Yes, there are challenges with planning something so quickly, but it can be done! The week before the wedding is what I would consider the most emotional. I think I cried about 10 times that week. But you know what, everything ended up working out perfectly. (besides the DJ, he sucked).
Many people would come up to us and ask “why so soon?”, “why don’t you wait longer?”, or the best one “are you pregnant?”. No I am not pregnant. And my question to them was, “why not so soon?”, “why wait?”. When you know you want to be married and you have the capability to get married quickly, go for it! If you have any questions, let me know down in the comments!
Here are some pictures from our day!
*All pictures from Lesnick Photo*