Planning a wedding in a month? Hah! Seems like a crazy little pipe dream, right? Yet, there are plenty of couples around the globe who have done so. While most couples take on average between 13-18 months to plan their nuptials in 2019, there is no need to draw out the process if you don’t want to. Some people want to get the official stuff out of the way so they can focus on their careers or hit the road to a fabulous honeymoon destination, while others simply don’t see the point of sweating the small stuff and want to have a fun time with family and friends without the stress of nitpicking over every detail. Whatever the case may be, it’s 100% possible to plan and execute a wedding in a month.
As one of the preferred wedding tent providers in South Africa, our team of marquee experts have been involved in the setup of may inspiring celebrations over the years. This includes short-notice marital feasts that went off without a hitch. Here are our top tips for planning a wedding on a tight time frame:
Find A Venue That Suits Your Date
The first major thing you need to get out of the way is to find a venue that can accommodate your wedding on short notice. This is a great time to call in favours and hit up venue owners you know personally. Think outside of the box – weddings don’t need to be hosted on wine farms or in botanical gardens, you can totally host one in a theatre or on a school rugby field with a pretty wedding tent!
Firm Up Your Guest List
Your next challenge? Guestlist! Create a digital invitation with the help of a graphic designer, or use a template-based program like Canva to do it yourself. There is no time for traditional post, so ideally you want to get everything done via email or a mobile application like WhatsApp. TOP TIP: If you do go the mobile route, don’t create a group; rather send the messages individually or create a broadcast list so your guests won’t be inundated with a lot of back-and-forth chatter.
Rally The Troops
Get your friends and family involved. Is someone great at doing hair and makeup? Line ‘em up! Or how about that person who always has lovely flower decorations in their home? Bridal bouquet and boutonnieres, please! This is a great way to make use of everyone’s unique skill sets, plus they can donate their time and expertise in lieu of a gift.
Go Off The Rails
Whatever you do, don’t try to squeeze in a custom-made dress or suit on a tight timeline. It will only drive you (and the designer) nuts. Find something ready-made off the rail. You can always customise your look by adding interesting touches like vintage shoes, a pretty stole or a beautiful floral fascinator.
Relax & Enjoy
Planning a short-notice wedding will always be a little crazy, so instead of getting stressed or worked up about certain details you cannot control, roll with the punches and laugh it off. After all, unless you’re some sort of celebrity, no magazine or newspaper will be pulling apart your choice of bridesmaid dresses or wedding cake. It’s supposed to be an enjoyable time, so lean into the crazy and enjoy the ride.
There you have it – 5 top tips to help you organise a short-notice wedding like a pro. Keep an eye on the blog in the coming weeks and months for more expert event planning advice from inside the Tentickle camp. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch if you’re planning to host a wedding on a tight timeline and require the services of a helpful stretch tent provider. Our range of event tents can be tailored to suit occasions of all shapes and sizes.