While some couples choose to wait many months before getting married, some couples want to get married, like, now. Sticking to a 3-month wedding planning timeline is entirely possible (4 percent of couples do it!)—if you’re able to stay organized and be flexible in your decision-making. Since time is of the essence, let’s get started.
Here’s a 3-month wedding planning timeline to help get things moving!
Get the basics out of the way
- Set your date (Consider marrying on a day that’s not Saturday—you might have an easier time finding available vendors on an “off” day.)
- Set a budget
- Decide on your guest list (When working with a 3-month wedding planning timeline, it’s a good idea to keep your guest list as small as possible. This will make finding a venue and vendors much easier.)
Hire a planner
There are lots of reasons why wedding planners rock, but if you’re working with an extremely quick timeline they’re a necessity. Their inside industry know-how will be vital in helping you book vendors and get organized, stat.
Ask your wedding party
A helpful and understanding wedding party is going to be even more vital with a short planning timeline—so choose wisely! Try to set expectations as best you can as early in the process as possible, so everyone is on the same page.
Find a venue
When it comes to booking a wedding on short notice, we recommend finding a venue that’s all-inclusive, meaning that catering and other services are handled in-house. Search WeddingWire to find venues that might be available, and don’t forget more off-the-beaten path restaurants that have private rooms, parks, and community centers, too.
Create a vendor team
With a shorter wedding planning timeline, you probably won’t have a lot of available vendors to choose from. Delegate some responsibilities to friends and family members to help you research and hire the following vendors:
- Photographer and videographer
- Music pros (ceremony musicians, band and/or DJ)
- Hair and makeup pros
- Florist (try not to focus too much about sticking to a specific color scheme or décor style here—be as flexible as possible with your wedding vision and keep things simple)
- Caterer (if your venue doesn’t offer catering—you may want to research restaurants who can cater events, too)
- Cake baker