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How Can a Wedding Be Planned on a Short Timeline?


Even if you only have a few weeks before your nuptials, a beautiful wedding is still well within your reach. The trick is to avoid getting caught up in the minor details that end up taking too much time. Instead, focus on your main priorities, such as the guest list, location, vendors, and your dress.

Once you’ve set your budget, make your guest list. Then consider the date. Popular venues fill up a year or more in advance, so if the site you want is unavailable, be flexible with your options. Be willing to hold your wedding on a Sunday instead of a Saturday, or forgo the conventional hotel and church in lieu of a friend’s backyard.

After you’ve secured your location, shop for your dress, send out the invitations, and find your vendors. Instead of meeting with a dozen photographers or going on endless cake tastings, start with personal recommendations from trusted friends. If you have a very tight timeline, it will be easier to find quality vendors if you make your decor, cake, and catering visions as simple as possible.

Finally, don’t sweat the small things. No one will mind if there aren’t any fancy favors or intricate centerpieces. The important thing is that you and your groom are making a commitment to one another in the company of your closest family and friends.