A Wedding in 3 Months?
When you’ve met the one you want to spend the rest of your life with, why wait a year or more to get married when you can plan a wedding in 3 months. It may sound quite impossible, but with our easy guide you’ll have the wedding of your dreams planned in no time.
The first thing to arrange is booking your venue – the foundation of your wedding planning. Find the perfect place and start envisioning what you want your day to look like. Venues will often have late availability dates for you to select from, and in particular weekdays which tend to come at a cheaper price. Some will also offer extras to help you plan your wedding day. At the Tythe Barn, we can offer a wonderful bridal preparation area called The Nook, perfect for you and your wedding party to get ready. You can also spend your wedding night in our Shepherd’s Hut, a cute hideaway right in the barn grounds. We can also offer additional venue decoration such as fairy lights, a vintage bike or Landrover, deck chairs and ever popular garden games. Inclusive options like this are a big help when planning a wedding in a short time.
We also provide in-house catering for you and your guests from the fabulous team at Absolute Taste, creating seasonal dishes to delight the taste buds, from canapes to the wedding breakfast to the evening supper. If your chosen venue doesn’t offer additional catering this is something for you to arrange in the first month.
Next up is to send the invitations. Get those out as soon as you can to make sure you have enough time to receive the RSVPs back so you can sort your table plan. We have some beautiful in-house stationery, designed by Emma and sketched by a local friend!
(If you want to save time and money, why not choose to send e-invitations instead.)
Booking your photographer should be next on your to do list. Decide what type of photographs you’d like to see – natural, candid shots or a more editorial style? You’ll find a lot of suppliers get booked up well in advance these days, but you’ll be sure to find one to suit your needs. Take a look through your venue’s Facebook or Pinterest pages – we often share photographs from celebrations at the barn from a whole host of different photographers, giving you a little inspiration and an idea of what you can expect for your big day. We also hold a list of suppliers that we’ve worked with over the years and are only too happy to recommend should you need some suggestions.
Now it’s time to go and find the perfect wedding dress. Bridal boutiques will usually require a minimum of 6 months to turn around a dress, however they often have a range of sample dresses for sale that you’re able to purchase and take away the same day. Many boutiques will often arrange sample sales to make way for new dresses, offering similar chances to buy bridesmaids outfits, accessories and shoes at the same time. Alternatively, you could take a look at second-hand dresses which may be more suitable with the limited time.
You’ll also need to take a look at the entertainment. Whether you choose a DJ, a live band or simply an iPod plugged into a speaker with your favourite playlist, organise this in the first month so it’s out the way.
It’s time to think about your wedding party. For the groom and the groomsmen, there won’t be time to arrange a bespoke tailored suit, but there are plenty of places where suits can be hired in a variety of styles, perfect for working to a shorter time scale. Bridesmaids (should you not have found these in the first month) can sometimes be a little harder to sort, particularly if you’ve decided on a higher number of bridesmaids. Consider going for mis-matched dresses, perhaps in the same colour, relieving the pressure of finding matching dresses in all the sizes you need but still sticking to your colour scheme or theme.
Next up is ensuring your other suppliers are booked; flowers, cake, hair and makeup, the lot. Write yourself a list of everything you need – there is nothing better than ticking off your to do list! Ideally confirming all your suppliers needs to be done as soon as possible. Your first couple of months is where most of the heavy planning occurs, but the sooner these things are booked the more you can relax and enjoy planning your wedding.
The last month brings the final preparations and certainly time for some fun.
Take a look at your wedding décor. If you’ve planned some extras with your venue then it’s already taken care of, but don’t forget wedding favours and table decoration; something that can be discussed with your florist or perhaps a fun DIY task for you and your partner or friends and family to undertake.
Then it’s time for the hen and stag do – let’s celebrate! This is an ideal opportunity for you to ask your friends and family to help organise. In fact, that’s probably one of the best tips we can give you – don’t be afraid to ask for help. Planning a wedding in 3 months is no simple task, so if people offer assistance with anything, from making the cake to organising the hen or stag do, to help making decorations, accept all the help you can.
Then you’re onto the final straight – remember gifts for the wedding party, make any final payments and discussions with your suppliers and enjoy the day. During the process you’ll need to be prepared to make some sacrifices, but when you get to the wedding day itself you’ll find all those little things don’t matter to you anymore. You’ll be getting married to your best friend, and the love in the room is the only thing that really matters.