Is a long engagement not for you? Ready to start your life as husband and wife, like yesterday? Contrary to popular opinions, it is possible to have the wedding of your dreams within the next few months. Here are tips from Hazeltine's wedding experts for planning a last minute wedding.
Tips to Plan a Last Minute Wedding
Get Organized with a Checklist
The very first thing to do is make a list of all the details, big and small, and categorize them. Enlist your fiance and any other friends and family to help. A group brainstorming session will help uncover all the details that need attention, and it's a great opportunity to delegate. Here's a great example of personalizing your checklist.
Choose a Venue & Vendors
The first vendor you should contact is the venue—securing a location for for your event is the first step in the process and will help determine which other vendors you need to secure.
For example, your reception venue may have in-house catering, so no need to find a caterer. It may also offer linens, so check that off your list. They may also have preferred vendors that they work with, which makes your research easier and helps speed the process.
Spread the Word
Skip traditional save the date notices. Use word of mouth, social media, and phone calls to let your family and friends know what you're planning. No need to spend time ordering or creating save the date cards, addressing them all and sending them. Letting people know via tried and true informal methods is a time-saver and money-saver.
Outfitting the Bridal Party
Fortunately, there are many off-the-rack options for bridal party attire. Large department stores, like Nordstrom, are great for finding coordinating dresses. Another fun option that won't break the bank is Rent the Runway, which allows you to rent the dresses you need. Send the men to a tux rental place post haste, or provide an option to wear something from their closet—a navy or black suit is a main-stay for many professional wardrobes. If they don't already own something, a trip to a men's clothing store can remedy that. Investing in a suit can be comparably priced to tuxedo rental and can be reused for many occasions.
Bands tend to book in advance, but you could get lucky. If there's someone in your crowd who's a fan of local live music, ask them for recommendations. Ask the venue to recommend a band or DJ. Most large DJ companies have a stable of talent, so chances are you'll be able to find a DJ for your wedding. Or, instead of hiring a band or DJ, consider compiling a playlist and ask a friend to manage the iPod. Make sure the venue has a way to integrate your music into their sound system, or you'll need to rent speakers as well.
Photos & Video
While top photographers book in advance, you could find a great newbie who's looking to build their portfolio, but who's name isn't yet out there. Ask friends for referrals. Search wedding sites like The Knot and Wedding Wire for local photographers. Ask the venue if they have any recommendation. Search Facebook. While you may have a willing friend or family member, wedding photos are not something you want to chance, so make sure they can provide the quality you need for this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Flowers & Décor
If you're in a rush, now is not the time to get Pinterest-y, unless you can delegate the task. You're better off using Pinterest for inspiration, and then taking those ideas to a florist. Alternatively, you may want to send a friend to the local farmers market to pick up flowers, and then arrange in Ball jars or vases at the venue.
It may seem overwhelming, but trust us: if you start working down your checklist, you'll get this done. Remember to breath. Remember to ask for and accept help. And above all, remember to enjoy the process, and the big day, of course.
If you're set on planning your wedding this year, Hazeltine can help. There are a number of great dates still available, and will walk you through the details.
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