Some couples will take months, or even years, to plan their perfect wedding. They have to prepare for the ceremony, find an event venue, settle on a caterer, and organize activities for the wedding reception. However, having a fun, memorable wedding doesn’t have to take a long time to plan. If you and your soon-to-be spouse can’t wait to say “I do,” here are a few helpful tips for organizing a successful last-minute wedding.
4 Tips for a Short Wedding Planning Timeline
1. Create a Budget
Wedding costs can quickly get out of hand if you don’t stick with a budget. Discuss the parameters of your budget with your future spouse and any other financial contributors before you make plans for the big day. You may also find it helpful to hire a wedding planner who can negotiate discounts and secure reasonable last-minute rates on venues, photographers, or catering.
2. Send Invitations Quickly
If you give your friends and family a wedding invitation on short notice, it’s likely that some guests may not make it. Instead of waiting to send out extravagant invites through the mail, you should consider handwriting personal invitations or sending them to guests online through email. This will make communications more manageable and give your guests more time to make plans to attend the event.
3. Find the Right Location
The location of your ceremony may be different from where you have your wedding reception. For instance, you may choose to get married outdoors and have the reception at a local event venue. However, if you're short on time, you should consider booking a location that can host both the ceremony and the reception.
4. Take Care of the Food
Some catering services require advanced booking, but if you cannot secure a caterer in time for your wedding reception, think about ordering platters from your favorite restaurant. In many cases, you can place an order a day or two in advance and have enough food for you and your guests. You could also substitute a traditional wedding cake for delicious homemade cupcakes.
If you’re looking for a beautiful location for your upcoming wedding reception, you can trust the team at Atanaha Event Center in Bigfork, MT, to help you pull off an amazing event. Their venue comes with 4,000 square feet of space, a 20-foot fireplace, a full-service cocktail bar, and exceptional customer service. If you’re ready to begin planning your wedding, call (406) 837-2231 and speak with a helpful team member, and visit them online to see pictures of their venue.