Yes, you can!
Planning a wedding in less than a year isn’t only possible, it’s a great idea! Think about it: while your friends and family have to wait two years for their wedding day, yours is right around the corner.
I booked my own wedding venue in May and was married the following September. Yup. Just four short months later. So when I tell you it can be done, I’m speaking from my experience as a bride and a wedding venue.
Most wedding planning checklists allow roughly 12 months until the big day, so planning a wedding in less than a year is totally doable! You just have to get started a little sooner and be flexible.
While there are some engagements that last years before the big day, most couples walk down the aisle anywhere from 12-18 months after popping the question. No two weddings (or couples) are alike, so there really is no “perfect” amount of time.
Some couples might want to speed things up because they just can’t wait to be husband and wife. Others may need to work around military deployments, school, or other scheduling issues.
Whatever your reasons, trust me when I say that you can plan a gorgeous wedding in just a few months. You just need to know a few tricks of the trade.
Yikes! Do people really do that?
Yes, all the time! What’s more, they plan beautiful weddings that their guests talk about for years to come.
The first thing to remember is that you don’t have all the time in the world. So you need to act fast. Get as much done as early as possible so you have some wiggle room if you need it.
Second, keep “forever” in mind. It’s so easy to get bogged down with the details that you forget to keep your wedding in perspective.
Remember, this isn’t just a party, you’re marrying the love of your life! How awesome is that? Whatever happens, as long as the two of you are together, that’s all that matters.
Whether you’re planning a wedding in 6 months or 12, you’ll want to maximize the time you have. Following these tips (and booking vendors in the right order) will help you get more done in less time.
Booking your wedding venue isn’t just about having an address to put on your invitations. This simple step creates a domino effect that makes a lot of wedding planning decisions easy.
Once you have a venue, you now have a wedding date (something your other vendors will ask for), a list of preferred vendors, a dress code, and more.
Another reason to get this done first thing? Wedding venues book up fast! In fact, you might be able to narrow down your venue options right off the bat based on your preferred wedding date alone.
As we always say here at Kendall Point, “Don’t fall in love with the date, fall in love with the venue.”
By this, we mean, “Don’t be afraid to get married on a Friday or Sunday!”
Saturdays are always the first to book up. It’s not uncommon for couples to have to wait upwards of a year to get a Saturday wedding at their chosen venue. If you’re open to an alternate day, you can get in much quicker and save some money while you’re at it.
Because of this, Friday weddings are growing in popularity and we are HERE for it! Not only will your guests be able to get an extra day off work, they have the entire weekend to party with you.
Trust us. A professional who plans weddings for a living is worth their weight in gold.
While a day-of coordinator can help you stick to the timeline, they won’t be able to streamline the wedding planning process. A wedding planner’s help is invaluable when you’re planning a wedding in 12 months and they only become more useful the less time you have.
Ask your venue which wedding planners they’ve worked with in the past and use that to start your search. Someone who’s familiar with the venue’s rules, layout, and contracts will be able to hit the ground running!
The less time you have until the big day, the less availability there will be for other wedding vendors (i.e. florist, photographer, DJs, etc.). Fortunately, your wedding venue can help here, too!
Ask for a list of preferred vendors that you can use to jumpstart your search. The vendors list can include everything from caterers to wedding dresses, so you can get a lot done in one fell swoop.
We suggest booking wedding vendors in the following order:
With unlimited time—and inexhaustible budget—anyone could plan the wedding of their dreams. But if you’re planning a wedding in a short amount of time, take a deep breath and make sure your head isn’t in the clouds.
Start off by identifying what’s the most important to you. Perhaps it’s the photos you’ll spend the rest of your lives looking at. Maybe it’s the hair and makeup. Perhaps you’ve got your heart set on having a beer burro. The choice is yours!
Now, identify those things that are nice to have but not exactly a priority. That’s your “don’t sweat it” list!
Focus on what’s important to you and simplify everything else to fit your budget.
Planning a wedding in 12 months or less doesn’t have to be a mad dash to the finish line.
Kendall Point has helped hundreds of couples have their best day ever, even with just a few months of prep work. When you choose our San Antonio venue for your big day, you’re not just benefitting from our amazing scenery and gorgeous ballroom. You have access to our network of wedding professionals throughout the area.
Ready to book your tour? There’s no time like the present!