Whirlwind Weddings: How To Plan Your Perfect Day Last-Minute
It’s no secret that the process of planning a wedding doesn’t happen overnight, which is why many couples often opt for a year-long engagement, if not longer, to allow ample time to pull together all of the details and logistics of their Big Day. However, not every fairytale wedding plays out this way—some brides- and grooms-to-be prefer a shorter engagement, giving themselves only a few months to plan and execute their perfect day.
While it may seem like a daunting and overwhelming task to take on, planning a whirlwind wedding is possible if you’re prepared for what the process entails. With a condensed timeline, organization and an open mind are key, and you’ll have to be realistic about the details that can and cannot be accomplished within your given time period.
A good place to begin is to determine the vision and the global (overall) budget. Then the timeline of tasks that need to be completed leading up to your Big Day must be created. A good planner can be invaluable for a whirlwind wedding. They will know the market while understanding your desires and budget. This will help things move along efficiently and manage the stress. Finding your venue, booking the caterer, and choosing a photographer should be taken care of as early as possible—keeping in mind that since you’re scheduling at the last-minute, availability can be an issue. Also, invitations should be sent out quickly so guests have a chance to RSVP and make travel arrangements if necessary. Printing and mailing wedding invites is often one of the lengthiest tasks, so look for local printers who can expedite the process or consider doing them yourself.
When time is of the essence, understanding the available options is key, for example choosing your wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses. Without the usual lead time, look for sample sales and bridal stores that carry a wide range of sizes that are available for immediate purchase. The same goes for bridesmaid dresses—check out department stores or spots like J.Crew where you’ll find a variety of dress styles and sizes to suit all of your girls.
Being open to possibilities will make this process easier. Think cake, entertainment, décor and be open to the best options given your particular time frame. Many things can be done exactly as you want but it may take rush charges, looking at other options may be more budget friendly.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Enlist your bridal party and family members to assist with minor tasks or hire a wedding planner to take some of the weight off your shoulders and to assist with the big day. For more on how Eventricity can guide you through the process, visit eventricity.net.This is a paid partnership between Eventricity and Philadelphia Magazine's City/Studio