UK brides spend on average 14 months planning their wedding, but
is it possible to plan a whirlwind wedding from engagement to 'I
Do' in just four months?
Our wedding co-ordinators say yes, absolutely. But you'll
need a clear plan. Here's how it's done:
The Four Months to Wedding Top Tips:
1) Clear your diary.
Whether you have the odd days of annual leave from work you can
take, or you need to opt out of non-essential social events or
commitments, it's important to do whatever you can to clear a bit
of time to take on the most time-consuming jobs, like dress
2) Secure the
All other elements of the big day will revolve around this - so
check out late availability dates at your venue of choice, be
prepared to be a little flexible and once you've made a decision
get it booked before someone else beats you to it.
3) Tell your nearest and
As soon as the venue is booked, get your Save the Date notices out
and make sure it's in everyone's diary
4) Get organised
It's time to head to Paperchase and bring out the pretty
stationery - you'll need folders and spreadsheets to keep on top of
your planning and to keep all your ideas and contacts in one
place. Pinterest is also your friend, as long as you can keep
your time spent on there to a strict limit.
When you're planning a whirlwind wedding you might not be able to
get your first choice for every supplier. So decide what
matters most to you both - whether that's having the best
photographer, florist, or band. Focus more of your time and
attention on those elements and relax a little more on the less
important elements. No one will mind if you forgo favours, so
don't put yourself under unnecessary pressure.
6) Get your wedding team
together… and delegate
Bridesmaids, parents, ushers and relatives - they all have a role
to play in planning the big day so accept their offers of
help. Then, accept that you may have to relax a bit of
control and be prepared to delegate. Match your volunteers up
with their specific talents and give them a job to do - whether
that's researching local bands, phoning wedding cars for prices or
addressing invitations. Remember too that your wedding
co-ordinator at your chosen venue should be able to help you with
some of these details.
7) Think creatively
You're not going to have the normal amount of lead in time to
order that designer dress. but youcanvisit sample sales or even try
eBay to score the perfect bridal gown. If you're open to a
non-traditional bridal look, you could opt for a white bridesmaid
dress. You can also check out vintage shops and and scour the racks
at high street stores - The QHotels team particularly rate
Monsoon and Phase Eight's bridalwear.
8) Get crafty.
Get your friends together for a night of cocktails and crafting -
those centrepieces and place cards aren't going to make
The Four Months to Wedding Timeline
Plenty of these steps are optional - so if you've decided that
you're not sending out paper invitations or that you'll rely on
friends to photograph the day, don't feel pressured by this
list. It's your big day; do it your way.
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