Post # 1
I wasn’t sure if this was the best place to post or not. I didn’t see a category for “oh my goodness we’re getting married in 3 months!”.
We had been making tentative plans and brainstorming for over a year while secretly engaged. A month ago he got the ring and we discussed a date. Two weeks ago he proposed. A week ago he asked me if we really could elope. What evolved out of that is well, not sure the exact term-destination family only wedding, hybrid elopement, family included elopement…. we’re going to Austin, right near where my grandparents live (they wouldn’t be able to travel to our original destination).
I was wondering if anyone here has planned their destination wedding on such a short timeline. I have my dress already, we put the deposit on the ceremony/reception venue today, and we have an officiant.
Post # 3
Hi! We did not plan in three months – we are planning in about 9mos – but I think that you could do it. We are having our wedding at a resort in MX, which makes planning super easy. It’s not all inclusive, but they do offer a wedding planner for free. I’ve been able to customize everything for our wedding for 30.
I’d recommend checking with large hotels in the area to see if any of them DO offer wedding pkgs, one might. Otherwise, I would hired a wedding planner. Seriously. They will be able to arrange your vendors, which will be important since you won’t be in Austin and may not have much time to do interviews and such.
good luck! it can be done! 🙂
Post # 4
We’ve planned in 9, but 3 months is totally doable. Try to find a venue that does most of the work for you. AND- did you see Bethenny?? She did a wedding at the Four Seasons in 4 weeks! Anything’s possible. Don’t get stressed- enjoy this time!
Post # 5
We decided to go with Camp Lucy. They have a preferred vendors list and recommended a wedding coordinator. The cost for day-of services by the planner/coordinator is $1,500. Which I guess is reasonable, but I’m not sure it’s the best plan for us, especially if we end up having only 20-30 guests.
There are only a few options in each vendor category, so narrowing it down won’t be too hard. If I want to use an offlist vendor they have to be approved in advance and have insurance or whatnot.
I had hoped to do the flowers myself (well not solely by myself, of course-just not using a florist), and am waiting to hear if we’re allowed to do that or not.
Post # 6
We planned my daughter’s destination wedding in a little less than 5 months – from engagement to wedding date. So really in about 3 months after searching and selecting a location. Chartered a bus for the 22 hour ride to Miami (everyone paid for their “ticket”), 58 people boarding cruise in Miami, off at Key West for wedding, chartered bus picked us up and brought us home. Definitely doable! Delegate when possible based on people’s strengths. I gave my dad, a get the deal done salesman, the job of getting a hotel for us all the night before boarding the cruise = approx. $50 a room and a free beer and wine reception for us when we all got there in the lobby. They were so generous and awesome with our very excited crowd. Grandmas put sandwiches and snacks together for the bus trip. Dads and uncles took care of all the drinks, coolers, etc. Daugher and FI, other daughter, myself and mother in law made games and activities for the ride there and back. Family friend made DVD of daughter and FI to show on bus. Everyone else pitched in snacks and movies. We had a destination dessert open house about a month later back home. We played the DVD from the wedding and had a great time mingling, without a lot of expense since we made desserts: Key Lime Pies, Rum Cakes, festive drink-inspired cupcakes, palm tree sugar cookies, and Miami Beach cakes. I digress… You can do it. Keep it all as simple as possible. You got the dress – thats often the time killer! Let your MOH and/or bridesmaids choose their own dress in a popular color off the rack. Have guys get nice suits. Ask Bees for any good photographers (that don’t cost an arm and a leg) in the Austin area. Maybe even contact a high school yearbook teacher and see if any talented high school senior that is up and coming for photography. Planning 2nd daughter’s very large, outdoor wedding here in Indiana (they gave me 5 months as well) and I just booked a high school student (and 9 year 4H photography exibitor) to take pictures at their reception Photo Booth. Good luck and best wishes!!
Post # 7
@septmob – I love the idea of booking a student, but our venue has rules about vendors-if they’re not on the preferred/pre-approved list we have to get them cleared by the venue, and they also have to have liability insurance. I doubt a student would have the insurance.
What’s been the biggest challenge so far is the catering. I have told them we want Texas BBQ with some Tex-Mex to cover the vegetarians. So far the menu proposals we’ve been getting are more wedding-food style than backyard bbq. While twice baked potato souffle is great, we’re looking for good old fashioned potato salad.