Planning a wedding can be quite the task to master, hence some people are taking longer to walk down the aisle so they can plan more. But is that the only option? It is possible to plan a wedding with a short timeline. When you have a short window of time to plan your wedding you may be concerned about how it will turn out. However, done properly, planning a wedding quickly can happen without any major problems.
Here are some tips on how to plan a wedding within a short timeline like one month.
Thirty Day Wedding Timeline
Things To Do 30 Days Before
Approximately one month before your wedding date is the time to set your budget and guest list and choose the style of your ceremony. One of the benefits of planning a wedding so quickly is that it gives you a good reason to keep the guest list short. With only one month’s notice, many guests who might have otherwise attended may not be able to do so on such short notice. This does you a favor because the fewer guests you have the smaller your budget can be.
Other tasks that need to be done at this point in the wedding planning process are reserving your date, booking the site, set up your wedding website and registry, sending out invitations, securing bridesmaids, your groomsmen a wedding dress and tuxedo. This is also the time to shop around for the vendors you will need to use.
25 Days Before
Your main goals at this point in the planning process are securing every vendor. This should include a photographer, videographer, bakery, florist, hair and makeup artist, and your DJ or band. Since you will have limited time to get everything done it’s best to ask potential bands for a demo. This will help you choose quickly, whether you want a band or a DJ.
20 Days Before
Outlining your wedding day plan and meeting with your officiant is the next step in the wedding planning process. Even if you want a friend or family member to perform your ceremony, 20 days is more than long enough for them to get ordained online. It also provides you with enough time to acquire both the wedding rings and plan your rehearsal dinner. The best way to plan a last minute rehearsal dinner is to book a private dining room at a local restaurant.
This is also the time when you’ll need to plan and book your honeymoon. You can either contact a travel agent to make the arrangements for you or search for your airfare and hotel online. When shopping online for them, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the best days of the week to book your transportation and accommodations.
Two Weeks To Go Before The Wedding
With slightly over two weeks to your wedding date, you will want to finalize your contract with each vendor. Any accessories needed for the wedding day should also be purchased at this time. In addition, you’ll want to confirm exactly how many guests you are expecting. If you want to have a seating chart for your reception this is the best time to finalize it. It is also the ideal time to have escort cards and ceremony programs printed out.
10 Days Before
When your wedding is a week and a half away, you’ll want to confirm that each vendor is paid. Failure to do so could cause problems on your wedding day. This is also the best time to purchase any wedding favors and attendant gifts you want to give out. While you’re at it, start thinking about the toasts you will make at the reception. Finally, make sure you pack for your honeymoon so when the time comes you can grab your bags and go.
Last Minute Touches
Five days before your wedding you need to apply for your marriage license, pack your bags for your wedding night, and make a list of your attendants and their contact information. This way if there are questions that need to be addressed on the wedding day, your attendants can answer them for you.
By following all of these tips, planning a wedding with a short timeline can be a manageable task. It saves you the agony of spending months stressing over your wedding day and allows you to enjoy it.