I have just got engaged – can I plan a wedding in just 4 or 5 months?

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Congratulations to you and your partner – this is an exciting time for you both, your families and friends.

The simple answer is yes it is possible however you will need to be aware that the size of your guest list and your budget will inform all the important steps in the immediate planning process.  The wedding planning time line within 4 – 5 months  is considerably shorter than most preparations (12 + months). Don’t stress too much – it is achievable.

Critical aspects to decide and lock in are the venues for the ceremony and reception, the bridal party and groomsmen as well as the engagement of your celebrant and or officiate and your marriage license.

The suggested time frame provides for traditional invitations as long as this is a priority and is delivered within a three – month period before the wedding day otherwise go with less formal invitation process and RSVP. Your wedding planner of choice will assist you with all manner of options in a timely and cost effective manner.

Also consider a cocktail style reception and a mid week date as this opens up leverage for choice across the wedding planning spectrum including venues, supplier and vendor availability as well as reduced cost structures.

Similarly you will need to consider your wedding attire and your bridal party attire too as a matter of urgency. You will not have time to order a gown from a bridal salon (it takes at least six months to order and receive a gown), but you can visit trunk shows, sample sales and formal wear stores – your wedding planner should have contacts across this supplier stream and be able to coordinate convenient appointment times too.

Planning for a wedding in only a short time

Transport, photographers and videographers, blooms, entertainment and other elements for your big day are important logistics, which can be promptly organised if you have a wedding planner with excellent contacts – remember not every wedding has to have all the elements – just the ones that make your day – for you and your partner.

When these critical components are identified the planning process swings into full throttle.

Partnering with a ‘Wedding Planning and On the Day Coordination Service’ will provide you with direct access to venues, vendors and suppliers saving you time in the traditional evaluation and cost analysis phases. Most wedding planners have extensive engagement and contact lists across highly reputable and sort after suppliers and will be able to guide you through the multiple aspects of the planning and delivery of your wedding within your preferred time frame and cost structure.

Don’t forget to consider an ‘On the Day Coordination’ package too as this service will allow for a totally seamless managed day for you,  your partner, the families and your guests.

All the best to you and your partner – remember to have an unforgettable day – your way – its your day.

Kerrie xo

Considerations for planning a wedding in a shorter space of time

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