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Wedding Place Setting With Candles and FlowersThe average wedding takes about a year to plan. There are a lot of different details and decisions to be made. It may overwhelm you if you try to put together a wedding in a limited amount of time. Thankfully, this is possible and very doable if you have a plan. Here are a few things to consider to help streamline the process.

Make a List

There are many aspects to a wedding, and it can be easy to overlook some things when you are in a rush. To prevent this, sit down and list what you need to do. You can download an online checklist or write your own. Then keep this list handy as you plan your wedding.

Set a Budget

A wedding can get expensive very quickly, and you are more likely to feel a financial strain when you pay for it in a short amount of time. Therefore, it is crucial to set a budget early on so you have a realistic idea of what you can afford. Don't forget to consider the honeymoon in this budget as well.  

Choose Your Date

When planning, picking a date should be one of the first things you do. You will want to book a venue as soon as possible, and knowing your available dates will help with that. Also, since most weddings are on a Saturday, consider getting married on a different day of the week. This will likely open up your venue choices and make it easier to secure a spot.

Be Flexible on Your Venue

Most popular wedding venues will likely be booked, so you may have to be flexible about where you get married. However, don't be afraid to think outside the box. For example, getting married in someone's backyard or a restaurant may be a good alternative.

Get Invites Out Quickly

Once you have set your venue and date, get the invitations out as soon as possible. Give your guests enough time to request off work and make travel arrangements. Consider telling people as soon as you can, even before you have official invites sent out. The more time you can give them, the better.

Be Ready To Make Quick Decisions

Since you don't have the luxury of time, it will be helpful to know what you want. This will save you time and stress. Talk with your partner about what the two of you would like regarding flowers, the cake, and decorations. Use wedding magazines and online searches to help narrow things down. Make a list and bring it with you when you meet with vendors, and include some pictures if you can.

Keep It Simple

You will likely save yourself a lot of stress by keeping things simple. Doing so will help with the decision-making and last-minute wedding day tasks and will likely save you a pretty penny. There is beauty in simplicity, and your wedding may be the perfect opportunity to show that.

Ask for Help

If you feel overwhelmed or lack time, don't be afraid to enlist the help of someone you trust. For example, your best man or maid of honor may be able to take on some of the tasks you do not have time to do on your own.

Stay True to Yourself

Remember that this day is about no one other than you and your partner. You may receive many opinions from well-meaning friends and family, but this day isn't about them. Decide what is most important to you and prioritize it.

Planning a last-minute wedding may seem daunting, but it can be easy when done in an organized manner. Above all, try not to stress and do your best to enjoy the experience as much as possible. 

Category: Wedding Planning Ceremonies

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