One of the biggest misconceptions is you need at least a year to plan a wedding.
Aside from the reality that some venues and vendors book well in advance, there is no merit to the idea that it takes 365 days to plan a well-done, thoughtful wedding.
In fact, we see many weddings here at Weymouth Hill that were planned and executed in as short a time span of a few months. Now that’s not to say that fits everyone’s ideal of taking his or her time mapping out all things wedding. For this long-anticipated matrimonial event, less planning time alleviates the wedding from being over planned, over discussed, and over considered? Do we have a first look or not? Do we have passed appetizers or carving stations? Do we do a photobooth or photo dash? Then you poll everyone you know for many opinions and when you finally settle you see something on social media you like better and we won’t even discuss trends changing overnight.
In short, the shorter planning period alleviates overthinking your occasion. It’s just like when taking a multiple-choice test, the first answer is usually your gut choice and the right one.
Since we’ve seen some fabulous weddings planned in shorter time frames, here are some benefits and keys to pulling it off well.
- Before the planning begins sit down with your significant other and discuss what you both want and agree on the big items like cost, guest count and location.
- Get organized—there are many bridal planning calendars available. Of course, you don’t have to follow every single step in the timeframe but assess your priority list and what is most important to you.
- Be prepared to make many decisions quickly.
- Tour only venues that have your vibe. No, you don’t have to tour every venue. It’s honestly a waste of valuable time. More than likely you have an idea of what kind of setting you want for your wedding. Find venues that match that and tour only those.
- When searching for a dress, shop your local bridal shops first. There are some sure winners locally and only trek out of town if you’re stuck and need a larger selection. Of course, it’s romantic to plan a trip to New York City for a dress, but it’s also more time, not to mention expense.
- If you’re venue isn’t all inclusive, ask for a recommended vendor’s list. Weymouth Hill provides its clients with a curated list of local vendors that do it well and always offer help with specific requests. This will help get you on the fast track with finding your vendor team.
- Set aside time each weekend to see where you are in the planning process.
- Have fun with your planning. Plan date nights around caterer tastings, tux shopping, etc.
- Refrain from asking too many opinions. If there is a decision you need on an item you’ve given little thought, then poll a savvy friend who is good at design or planning. Remember, more opinions cause for more debate.
- Lastly, if you just feel overwhelmed, hiring on a planner can be that sigh of relief that you prefer. Weymouth Hill has a certified wedding planner on staff that can be hired independently for this or can recommend several professionals.