How to Get Married in a Hurry
You + Your Fiancée = Most important thing is already done! If you want to be married and don’t want to (or can’t) spend years planning your event, you still can pull off the wedding of your dreams. Here are tips with resources on planning a wedding in 3 months!
Book Your Venue
The very first thing you need to do is find a location. Be flexible, if the Saturday you want isn’t available, consider a Friday night wedding. Choose a venue with onsite catering. Not only is it one less vendor to manage, it helps to have an all-in-one service looking out for you and keeping you on track. They may also have ready to go linen and décor.
If the reception venue can also accommodate weddings, find your officiant. Otherwise, you’ll need to find a church. Again, you will run into fewer conflicts on a Friday night. If you don’t have someone in mind and are in the Twin Cities, you may consider Judge Thomas Armstrong.
Dress & Bridal Party Attire
The best way to get a dress quickly is to buy a sample size off the rack, buy a used dress online or at a consignment shop, or buy a non-wedding dress. Bridesmaids’ dresses don’t need to be custom ordered as many stores offer multiple options in multiple sizes. And remember, it doesn’t have to specifically be a wedding or bridesmaid dress—you can find many beautiful option that will work.
The guys always have it easier—tuxes can be easily rented two weeks or more before the wedding. Even renting with less than a two week lead time is possible, but may have a service fee for the quick turnaround.
Resources for couples in the Twin Cities include:
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What’s important/What’s not
You don’t need wedding favors, if they’re not your thing. The same is true for everything wedding related. Not having flowers doesn’t make you any less married. Focus on only those things that are important to you and your intended and let all the other unnecessary trappings fall by the wayside.
Floral, Décor, Photographers, Cakes, Invitations, Entertainment
Once you decide what is important, let the experts do what they do best. Unless you have a strong opinion about design, find someone whose work you like, provide them with design guidance, and let them put together their best options for your price range. Some Twin Cities Vendors who have done Weddings at Hazeltine National Golf Club:
- Flowers by Scheryl, 952-448-3755 or 952-221-1677
- Christina Marie Floral, 952-233-1813
- Buttercream, 952-249-0390
- Instant Request, 952-934-6110
- Generation Now
- Pianist for Parties, 612-845-1970
- Traveling Photo Booth, 612-605-9203
Enlist an Army
Consider yourself the General Contractor of constructing this wedding and hire out the details to your sub-contractors. How? Ask for help! This is often the hardest part, especially for Midwesterners. But people love to have a part in your planning.
Have friends who works in marketing or design? Assemble a creative team and assign them all the printed communication materials: invites, program, place cards, etc. One of your groomsmen moonlights as a bartender? Put him in charge of the reception bar.
Treat this like a project at work or school. Divide and conquer—give bridesmaids, groomsmen, family and friends an area of responsibility and have them get quotes from Vendors. Here’s a Wedding Vendor Template we like.
You can pull this together in a short amount of time, have a wonderful day, and spend your time and energy on starting your life together!
Hazeltine National Golf Club is a private golf club located in Chaska, Minn., about 30 minutes southwest of downtown Minneapolis. The club opened in 1962 with a mission to build and maintain a golf course suitable for the conduct of national championships. Hazeltine is one of only two courses in the United States to have hosted the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur, and Ryder Cup. Hazeltine’s meeting and event space, golf shop and specified services in the learning center are open to the public. More information about becoming a member at Hazeltine is available at www.hazeltinenational.com.