For many engaged couples, the wedding planning stage can take many months, if not a couple of years. The more involved the wedding is and the bigger the guest list, the longer the planning tends to take. So, what if you’ve decided that the long, drawn-out planning process isn’t for you and you want to plan for a spring wedding instead? Planning a wedding in just a couple of months may sound like an impossible task, but when you plan correctly, there’s no need for it to be stressful.
Here’s a look at some of the ways you can plan for your spring wedding while eliminating the stress of a time crunch.
Choose a Wedding Theme
Deciding on the venue, décor, bridal party outfits, what you will wear, and so forth, can be extremely overwhelming. It can be so overwhelming that you don’t know where to start, causing stress and panic to settle in. Experts suggest that couples begin by choosing a wedding theme. A wedding theme will then act as an anchor, making all other decisions that follow much easier to deal with. If it doesn’t fit with the theme, you can immediately eliminate that option.
Since you plan on getting married in the spring, one of the most obvious and romantic ideas is to choose a spring wedding theme. These spring wedding ideas show you just how easily you can incorporate the theme into all aspects of the wedding. Spring wedding ideas can include:
- Making use of the natural greenery and flowers at that time of year
- Choosing colors found in nature as your theme
- Including flowers on your invitations
- Bringing elements of the spring floral theme into your food/menu
- Reflecting the spring colors in the table settings
A theme will also help to make sure the wedding doesn’t feel disjointed as every decision you make will flow and seem cohesive.
Settle on the Guest List
The next step should be to narrow down your guest list. The number of people you invite will play a huge determining factor in your venue, the menu, and your budget of course. Typically, it’s a good idea to start with a general guest list, then add and subtract names after a few days of mulling it over. It’s impossible to please everyone, so just focus on who the two of you want in attendance.
Keep in mind, if the wedding is relatively short notice, then you may have a smaller turnout than you anticipated. This may make it possible for you to invite more than you originally planned. The invitations should also be mailed out as soon as possible. It may even be necessary to choose e-vites simply because of the lack of time.
You May Need to Be Creative with the Venue
Couples are encouraged to think outside the box when it comes to the venue, especially with last-minute planning. Many couples book a year or more in advance, so you may discover that the traditional wedding venues and halls are fully booked. That doesn’t mean you’re out of luck; it just means you need to be creative in terms of the venues you look at. It’s for this reason that you may end up in a venue that is unique and memorable, making for the perfect wedding.
Some of the more unusual wedding venues may include:
- Art gallery
- Public library
- Public gardens
- Children’s museum or science center
- Vintage shop
- An old Windmill
- A friend’s backyard
As you can see, the list can be quite extensive once you open your mind to the many possibilities. Try searching up local attractions and events – this can help to get your creative juices flowing.
Choose an Off-the-Rack Dress
The time crunch also means it would be wise to choose an off-the-rack wedding dress that needs little to no alterations. Having a dress custom made, or even ordering from a popular designer or shop runs the risk of you not getting it in time. It’s best to have the dress in your hands and seek out professional alterations that can be done quickly. This is a great time to take advantage of trunk shows and sales at bridal conventions and events. You can often find last season’s dresses available for purchase at a reduced price.
Skip the Giant Wedding Party
Speaking of outfits, dealing with the bridal party’s attire can be quite time-consuming and stressful. The time crunch of a spring wedding means this may not be doable. The solution can be to skip a giant wedding party and instead have a best man and the maid of honor only. It’s much easier to deal with outfits for two people than many. You may even want to give them the freedom to buy what they want to wear, giving them some loose guidelines to stick to such as the color or style.
Can’t Find a Photographer – Ask a Friend
If you’re running into problems finding a photographer who will be available, why not ask a friend or a couple of friends to take photos? You may end up with more candid, and frankly personal photos that end up providing you with beautiful memories. You can also place disposable cameras on each table at the reception and encourage guests to take as many pictures as they want.
A hot digital wedding reception trend right now is to ask guests to use a specific hashtag for any wedding photos they post on social media. This allows you to quickly search up photos. Another option is to create a new social network account specifically for your wedding and allow guests to upload videos and photos to the account.
So, while the time crunch may seem like a huge stress factor, it doesn’t have to play out that way. Using these planning tips, downsizing, and making quick decisions will help to ensure that your wedding is everything you dreamed it would be and without all the anxiety that can so often go along with wedding planning.