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HOW QUICKLY CAN I PLAN A WEDDING?

Fed up with waiting because of Covid 19 or maybe you just don't want a long engagement, let's look at how quickly you can plan your wedding.

Many couples prefer to take time to plan their weddings but if you have

decided to bring your wedding date forwards then I have some great tips to

help you speed up your wedding planning.


SENDING OUT YOUR INVITES


If you are inviting guests then they will need some time to plan ahead, ideally at

least six to eight weeks .


You may find many just can't make it so be prepared for this as they have to

plan their holidays, organise work life and also a short timeline means they

haven't planned for an additional expense.


If you are planning a small wedding with close family and friends let them know

as soon as you decide you are going to do it in any case. A quick text message is

suffice rather than deciding on invitations and waiting for guests to receive

them in the post and the RSVP's. We are talking the essence of speed so many

traditions will be thrown out the window!




DECISION MAKING


Whilst it is tempting to deliberate over making decisions if time is not on your

side you must be prepared to make decisions very quickly and just get

everything booked. Decide on the ceremony and venue and everything else will

quickly slot into place.



FINDING SUPPLIERS


If you have never planned a wedding or have no idea where to start it is

definitely worth investing in some help and hiring a wedding planner.


Many will do short term planning and have a wealth of suppliers they already know and

trust. They will quickly be able to create a timeline for you and make sure all the

suppliers are coordinated on the day.




If this isn't within your budget then you will have to be flexible, a lot of suppliers

get booked up in advance so consider a weekday wedding or an out of season

wedding and you will find more suppliers maybe available at short notice.


If they are available book them, be ready to pay deposits and make sure you

have contracts with each supplier as to exactly what they will be providing for

your wedding day. As an example, the times they are to be present at your

wedding so don't forget the details.


You don't want to find you thought you had booked a photographer for 8 hours

only to find out they are only contracted for 6 hours or you thought the

catering were providing glassware only to find out on the day it isn't in your

contract with them.



BUDGETING AND MAKING PAYMENTS


Be ready to have your money ready, most couples budget over a year but if you

are planning a short time led wedding you do need access to your wedding

budget funds.

If you are hosting a wedding during a down season or a weekday with a short

term booking you maybe able to find some negotiation room with your

suppliers







ASKING FOR HELP


Be super organised and ask for help. Get your best friend to help with the

accommodation arrangements or speaking to the venue. Ask your parents to

decide on the catering details, don't forget in the old days the bride never

planned her wedding it was all done for her so let go of the micro management

and enjoy everyone helping and being involved.


They will all feel part of it too and the excitement will build up for your

wedding. If there is someone whose taste you completely trust let them be in charge of

decor, florals and organising your wedding cake.


Do remember your wedding day is all about you as a couple and it is a

celebration of your love, it is not all about what flavour the cake is!!!



Lali Prada

Wedding Planner


Photo credit

Eloy Muñoz Photography

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