A survey done by “Huffington Post” says the average engagement in the United States is about 1 year. The same survey states that the average bride-to-be spends about 10 hours per week planning for her wedding. Does this mean that if you have a 1 month engagement you need to spend 120 hours per week planning your wedding? The answer is obviously NO but you will need to change your approach.
If you are planning a wedding on a whim, we want to give you a few suggestions that will save you some time. Here are a few pointers:
Decide what is most important
It’s important to realize that to plan a wedding in %10 of the time most brides have; you might have to let some things go. We are not saying it’s impossible to get everything done but it will be difficult.
Make a list of what’s most important to you. Is it flowers, food, photography, decorations? Make a second list of things you can do without. Make sure you give all of your time to the important list before you move to the second list.
Hire Wedding Vendors
If you have the budget, hiring local wedding vendors is the easiest way to get things done. Visit these vendors as soon as possible and tell them about your time crunch. I’m sure they’ll be willing to help.
It might be hard to find a wedding venue on short notice. Some brides book reception centers a year in advance. Be flexible with both the location of your venue and the day of your wedding. If your favorite reception center is fully booked, be willing to go somewhere else. If your desired reception center only has Mondays and Tuesdays available, be willing to have your reception on one of those days.
Being flexible applies to each aspect of your wedding. You may have a hard time finding caterers, photographers, florists, etc. on short notice.
Use your bridesmaids and family
Let’s face it, unless you don’t have a job, you can’t pull off a wedding in 4 weeks without help. Wedding vendors aren’t the only people that can help. Ask your family and friends to assist with your wedding planning. Give each of your bridesmaids a task that you need help with. Help from your loved ones will make your wedding experience much more enjoyable.
Just go with it!
It’s important to put your heart and soul into planning your wedding. It’s equally important to trust that you did enough to make the wedding enjoyable. It is common for brides to stress if they feel under prepared but the fact is, you’ve done what you can and you’re out of time. When your wedding day arrives, let it play out and do your best to enjoy yourself.