*All photography credit goes to Kathryn Frugè.
Engaged in October 2017 and married in December 2017, I (along with the help of many others) successfully planned a wedding in two months.
You are probably thinking, “That is crazy!” or “Why would you rush such a precious season in life?”. It does sound crazy and a little unreasonable, but it’s exactly what my husband and I wanted.
A two month engagement is not for every couple, but I do hope this blog is helpful. My favorite part about my engagement season was the lack of stress, and the ability to stay way under budget. I hope these tips can help you do the same:
Before you do anything, I strongly suggest sitting down and creating a budget. My mother and I sat down and allocated amounts of money for every little thing. When it comes to wedding planning, many things come up that you never even think of. The better prepared you are, the less stressful it will be. All of those small details add up very quickly.
My husband and I sat down and decided what was most important to us when it came to our wedding day. For example, I wanted a good photographer, even if that meant cutting back on other things. Also, Trent and I wanted the day to be emphasized on us and the covenant we were about to enter in before God. The ceremony was more important to us than anything else. So we spent most of our energy on that, and less on our reception.
One of the things I sacrificed was having a big wedding and a big bridal party. This saved me tons of money (bridesmaid bouquets are lot more expensive than you would think!), and made our day very intimate and simple. I only invited family and close friends, this was hard at times, but well worth it in the end.
Every couple is different, but sitting down and being intentional on where you invest your money and energy is important. Knowing what you want and what you don’t mind to sacrifice, will help you stay on budget.
You may be thinking, “I would never have enough time in the day to plan a wedding that fast!!” There is a lot that goes into a wedding, but if I can do it, you can too. What helped me the most was delegating jobs to people who were willing to help. You will be surprised on how generous and eager people are to help. My “unofficial” bridesmaids and my family were essential. My mom did mostly everything, she even picked a cake vendor without me. Without the help of others, and the trust of their personal taste, this would not have been possible.
Something that helped me tremendously was deciding to marry during off season. December is a time where there are very few weddings. I received so many deals because of this, which I was not expecting at all. My venue was only a 1/4 of the price, and we didn’t even know that until we called to book. Even my harpist decided to give me a deal because it was Christmas season.
We also got married on a Sunday. Since most weddings are on Fridays and Saturdays, this meant that even with the short notice I was still able to schedule all of my first choice vendors. Most of my vendors were actually booked the day before my wedding.
Everything will come together and your day will be magical. Just remember the reason for it all. In the end, it will just be you and your spouse, with a lifetime ahead of you. Don’t let the stress of the small things steal your joy. This is a fun and exciting time, and every bride deserves their perfect day.
If you have any questions about your big day, I’d love to answer! Leave any questions or comments you have below.