How to plan a wedding in six months
If you want to tie the knot ASAP, or you’re on a short timescale, then don’t panic – you can absolutely plan a dream wedding in six months. Here, Michelle Clarke, Senior Events Manager at Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel & Country Club, shares her top tips on creating your dream day on a short countdown.
Prioritise the priorities
It can be really easy to get so caught up in the fun, creative elements of wedding planning that the important bits are often overlooked. The date, budget and guest list will all have a massive effect on future wedding plans, so it is important to get these details sorted first. There’s no point in sourcing the best caterers, florists and entertainment if you don’t yet have a confirmed wedding date, after all! Get the admin bits out of the way first, and then enjoy the fun stuff afterwards.
Be open to compromise
It’s important to be realistic when it comes to managing your wedding expectations. Where you may have a meticulous plan of how you want every aspect of your wedding to be, it is important to remember that the main difference between a wedding planned in six months, and one planned in 18 months, is choice. Be prepared for the fact that your number one supplier may not be available on your chosen day and be open to the idea of going with alternatives.
Find out what deals exist
A limited timescale doesn’t always mean you have to pay rush fees, so don’t shy away from negotiating prices with suppliers or looking for last-minute deals. If you’re willing to do the legwork, you may find yourself surprised at just how many bargains you can find. Breadsall Priory, for example, periodically runs a late availability wedding package, which offers all their usual perks at the fraction of the price. Winner!
When you’re working to a short deadline, you might have to get creative to bring your vision to life. So, that glamorous converted barn you desperately wanted isn’t available? Recreate your rustic vision somewhere else! Outdoor spaces provide the perfect blank canvas to build up pretty much any look you desire. With the help of props, decor and a little bit of DIY, your dream theme can be easily created.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Friends and family always like to be helpful. Taking up an offer of help from your nearest and dearest won’t make your big day any less yours. Play on the strengths and connections that both of your friends and family have – you’ll be surprised at how many DJs, cakemakers and florists you may know!
Image credits: Chloe Creative Photography
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