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Brides in the 21st century have very different priorities, visions, schedules and plans. The trends the past couple of years have been all about shorter engagements and one-of-a-kind weddings that are designed to reflect you and your fiancé’s personalities. But how do you get it all done and still have time for the details when the clock is ticking? There is a method to the madness of last-minute planning.
 
Here are my four tips for planning a wedding in a short amount of time:
  • Save the Date: First pick a date, then immediately send a Save the Date out to family and friends. They will need time to plan and make travel arrangements. You don’t need to waste time licking every envelope and stamp. There are countless quick ways to do this with the technology we have available today, from evites to YouTube. Check out this creative idea:

    Jess+Dan animated save the date video! from Charlie Scribble on Vimeo.

  • The Where: Along with your Save the Date, invitations need to be considered immediately so you can get them out on time. This means you need to decide on a location ASAP.
     
  • Rethink Your Timeline: When a bride has 18 months to think about wedding details, she tends to over-think everything! When you have a short engagement, focus on solidifying your big picture vision (date, location, etc.) and then make decisions on each detail. The big items take more time and often involve the schedules of others, schedules you can’t control, so handle these items first. Make sure your planning checklist reflects this type of prioritization – big items, family items, bridal party decisions, the unique details.
     
  • Lastly, try a wedding planner: Once a planner understands your vision, she can help move things along at a faster pace since she plans events on a regular basis. Planners can also save you time by matching you up with the facilities and vendors that will fit your needs and personalities. Essentially, planners take care of the research so you can use your precious time on the details that mean most to you as a couple.
     

About the Pro - Deana Mitchell is a wedding planner and owner of Realize Planning


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