Just because someone is getting married quickly, doesn't mean it's a shotgun Wedding! We are seeing these more and more for all kinds of reason, but mostly - because a couple is just so excited to start their lives together :)
Planning a Wedding with a quick turnaround can be overwhelming in some ways but also can help take a lot of the stress out of the process. Months of months of second guess and middle of the night dreams magically becomes quick decisions and excitement! We have worked with many clients putting together Weddings in this short timeline - so here is some of the insight we share with them before starting the process:
1. MANAGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS
Most Weddings are planned over 1+ years. Because of this cycle, many venues and vendors book up many months/years in advance. Understand that you may need to be flexible with where your Wedding can take place and Who can be there to help make it great. This does not mean that you have to sacrifice quality! You may just need to do a bit more outreach.
2. SET YOUR PRIORITIES
Obviously getting married is important to you, so you have your first priority down! Now think about what pieces you want to make sure are wonderful. Food, Music and Look + Feel are prime examples of this. Whatever these pieces are for you, book those vendors first as they will eat up your budget and dictate the rest of your Wedding plans.
3. TRUST THE PROFESSIONALS
With less time to plan, you have less time to make decisions and do your research. This is where your vendors can really come in and help you. Listening to what they have to say about what you can get in your turnaround time is important. For example, letting a florist guide you with what's available in your color pallette can take some of the decision making off of you and ensure you'll get the freshest options available.
With managing your expectations, also be realistic in your guest count and who will be able to make it with shorter notice on any travel + accommodations plans. Keeping it smaller will make it easier when thinking about room blocks, transportation and other pieces that you'll need to plan for your guests.
5. HIRE HELP
Remember, you're packing 1+ years of planning into a shorter time period. Having a planner help guide you through each decision and what you need to focus on can make sure you get it all done with ease and efficiency.