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How to plan a wedding in three months

By Andrea Petrou on February 24th, 2010 1 comment

Lara and David

Many celebrities today are paving the way for quick and easy weddings, with a range announcing an engagement and then giving a wedding date with as little as three months away (yes we’re talking to you Lara Stone).

Therefore it’s no surprise that many brides have taken the attitude of “if they can do it, so can we” planning their wedding day within a few months of deciding to tie the knot.

However, although celebrities make it look like child’s play, it’s no easy task. We’ve therefore put together a list of hints to help out those brides planning a quick wedding, specifically those who have set a three month timeline.

The location.
The average bride plans her wedding for two years before taking the walk down the aisle and the first thing many will do is book up their ideal venue. This means that popular places will be gone, especially if you want to get married on a peak day such as Saturday or Sunday. However, as the wedding is so close it’s worth calling the venue of your choice.

Some may have had a last minute cancellation (it does happen) or if you’re not fussy you could also opt to have your big day on a Thursday or Friday when things aren’t too manic. Of course, if your ideal venue is a key place for meetings, such as a Hilton Hotel close to the city, then you may be out of luck as many of these tend to be booked for conventions.

If hotels are booked then also consider pubs (there are some gorgeous ones scattered across the country that cater for weddings) or even something a little bit quirkier such as a barn. If you can also consider a wedding around January or Feb as these months tend to be quieter.

However the good news is that because of the late booking you may also be able to get a discount.

Wedding dresses and Bridesmaids.

Wedding dresses traditionally take 6 months to make and thats not including all the trying on and fittings. However, there are other alternatives. Department stores such as Debenhams, John Lewis and BHS all stock off the hanger frocks in a range of sizes, which you can try on and take home that day.

If highstreet doesn’t rock your wedding boat then it’s also a good idea to see if your local wedding shop will sell you its sample size dress. It may be too big for you (samples are usually around a 14) and a little bit dirty, but the store will often do you a special price on dry cleaning and fittings.

If the frock is too small then some wedding shops will also get handy, opening up seems (there’s around an inch in these) or adding panels to corset style tops.

Buy your bridesmaids dresses from places such as Coast, which alway stock a beautiful off the hanger range.

The Invitations
You’ll need six weeks to send your invitations, not to mention the printing time. One option for a faster invitation time is to look for a local printer who has a short turnaround time. If this can’t be done then why not make them yourself. Find a software program like PrintingPress which will ease the process, then use your home computer and printer to do the work.

The Food and Cake

With such short notice you may not find a venue that does food. However that doesn’t mean you have to go without. Look for a restaurant that already has cooking staff, or look for a large catering company that’s less likely to be totally booked up. If your caterer can’t provide a cake, a local bakery should be able to make a chocolate, carrot or other flavoured one with a weeks notice (fruit cakes take a lot longer.) Save them time and yourselves money by getting a smaller display cake and serving the majority of guests from a sheet cake cut in the kitchen.

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