Something magical happens when planning a wedding on a short timetable. Clocks literally begin to move faster. January will seemingly morph into June in the amount of time it takes to curl your eyelashes.
Sadly, there’s no escaping this phenomenon. But there is a way to snatch back a few precious seconds of valuable planning time. See below for a list of time-honored (get it?) Dos and Don’ts.
Dos and Don'ts for Planning Your Wedding in Six Months or Less
- Utilize websites such as Minted or Wedding Paper Divas to order invitations that are cute, customizable, affordable, and have rush-shipping options available.
- Create a wedding website. For brides on the fly, there is simply no greater way to keep guests in the know (especially if the two of you have a destination wedding in mind). Until your formal invitations are sent, your website will act as a convenient gathering place for all pertinent information regarding the Big Day (think location, accommodations, travel information, a gallery of engagement photos, and a romanticized re-telling of how your love affair began). The Knot and My Wedding both have a large selection of designer layouts to choose from that are easy to personalize (not to mention, just plain cute).
- Consider allowing your bridesmaids to select their own dresses—as long as they adhere to the parameters (Tea length? Maxi? Easy on the cleavage?) of your choosing, of course. Pro tip: Once you’ve decided on a color scheme, it’s helpful to send each attendant a paint chip from a hardware store that matches your selected hue. The result: She’ll have a helpful shopping tool and a dress that reflects her personal style, and you’ll have one less thing crowding your To-Do list. (Note: This applies to flower girls, too. Articulate your ideas and let their mothers do the shopping. It’s so much easier that way.)
- Use the following catchphrases in response to wedding vendors who tell you that, given your timeframe, what you’re asking is impossible: "Do you have a sample of the [insert one: dress, belt, sparkly headband, veil] you’d be willing to sell? Is there a rush fee I can pay to get the product on time?"
- Let your guest list get away from you. If you and your fiancé decide that you want a small, intimate wedding, then come to terms with the fact that you probably won’t be able to invite your entire sorority or your parents’ entire Sunday School class. And that’s okay.
- Waste time obsessing over things that ultimately don’t matter. If your Save the Date addresses have to be written in your/your mother’s cursive handwriting rather than a calligrapher’s steady script in order to be sent out on time, well…that’s okay too.
- Wait until the last minute to order printed formal invitations if you’re using a traditional retailer. After selecting colors and materials, you’ll still need to nail down the verbiage, approve design proofs, re-approve design proofs, stuff each envelope, and more. So get going already!