Last month, I went to my cousin’s wedding in Philadelphia. She planned the wedding in about four months. Even when you have a year or more to plan a wedding, there’s something you have to do every week leading up to the big day.
Imagine the chaos of condensing all of the tasks, errands, phone calls and research into about 16 weeks! As someone who specializes in planning special events, I could relate to both the stress and anxiety of the planning, and the joy and elation of seeing all of that hard work pay off.
Long story short, it can be done. My cousin’s wedding was beautiful. I had a nice little chat with her about the planning process, so I wanted to share some of her ideas for planning a wedding in four months, as well as my own tips for making the day memorable and unique.
Choose the dress right away
It takes months to make and alter a dress, so put dress shopping at the top of your to-do list. Shop early when the store is likely to be less crowded and your consultant isn’t yet weary from attempting to make brides happy. Finally, don’t buy a smaller size because you plan to lose weight. It’s much easier and less expensive to take a dress in than it is to let it out.
Negotiate with vendors
Most brides book venues, photographers, bands and deejays a year or more in advance. If those vendors haven’t been booked for your wedding day, they may be willing to give you a lower rate rather than risk having an open day on their calendar. It can’t hurt to ask, right?
Use the research of people you trust
Research is time-consuming and tedious. If you know people who have planned a wedding within the past five years or so, find out their top choices for various vendors. This way, you can skip the research and get right to interviewing candidates.
Use wedding apps
When you’re crunched for time, let technology do the work – or at least help you! There are mobile apps that can help you find a dress, select vendors, create a gift registry, set up a seating plan for the reception and manage other important tasks. Check out this list of wedding apps from ABC News.
When planning a wedding on such short notice, you probably won’t get your first choice of everything. But you can make up for that by paying extra attention to little details and adding a creative flair that makes your wedding unique. Here are a few recommendations:
Cake It Up, launched by Princeton native Beth “Birdie” Carnevale, specializes in creating customized couture cake stands from more than 500 design variations.
Guest Goodies, servicing Manhattan and Brooklyn, creates and delivers custom goody bags that make your out-of-town guests feel comfortable in their hotel rooms.
Creative Custom Card Boxes is a New Jersey-based business that provides original hand-painted, eco-friendly card boxes that fit the colors and theme of your wedding.
Eversnap is a mobile app that collects photos and videos from your guests in one online album, which can be shown on a big screen during your reception. It’s the modern version of the disposable camera!
Time Well Spent specializes in planning weddings and other events so you can relax and enjoy the experience. If you need help with the planning or would like to meet specialty vendors who can make your wedding truly unique, let’s grab a cup of coffee and chat!