Planning a wedding in 3 months?! PLS HELP!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
73 posts
Worker bee

It seems like everything needs to be done NOW! 

Post # 3
1682 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We did this too and pulled off a wedding for 225 people in 3 months. It’s definitely doable, you just need to be able to make decisions quickly and have a good idea of what you want. 

We got engaged in April, but didn’t start planning until mid-May because I was finishing my  degree and didn’t have time for both senior finals and wedding planning!  We started by picking a date (Aug 11) and letting family and the more important friends we wanted there know as soon as possible via phone.  There wasn’t time for actual save the dates. Invites went out beginning of June with an RSVP date of mid-July.  Invited 250, 225 actually attended. 

We locked down our reception hall and church immediately after picking a date and picked our colors.  BM’s chose a dress from David’s Bridal online, and I bought a sample dress.  Guys all rented tuxes from Men’s Wearhouse because all of the colors would match between DB and MW. 

Our ceremony was super simple but we packed a lot of meaning into everything in it at the same time.  Everything was as DIY as possible, as we only had a $5K budget.  Flowers were bought from Sams Club and arranged ourselves.  Dinner was a pasta bar with lots of options (everyone LOVED it!), dessert was our cake and popsicles (my husband’s favorite).  In lieu of favors at the tables, we did a trail mix bar (I love hiking) and everyone could create their own (another huge hit).  

We wound up having to change the reception location day before because of a flood, but in the end, the new location worked out even better than I could imagine.  It wasn’t a perfect day, but it was one of the best days of my life!  Feel free to PM if you need some help!

Post # 4
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I don’t know anything but the dress part–you can go to David’s Bridal no problem.  I went to the nice bridal botiques saying I needed a dress immediately and this wasn’t a problem for them either.  Like hogoboom2012 said, you can do samples (which also saves money).  So, the dress part is not a problem.

Post # 5
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

EVERYTHING needs to be done NOW.  I would start with the dress.  At this point you are probably going to need to buy off the rack.  Maybe see if there is a good sample store in your area?  Bridesmaids are going to need dresses right away as well.  Either buy a department store dress online or order something from David’s Bridal.  Invitations should be sent out in the next 6 weeks ideally.  We just got some with a coupon at a craft store and made them ourselves, but Vista Print is also a fairly inexpensive option (and they have coupons out all the time too).  It saved a ton of money.  I’d grab a cateror too ASAP.  June is a popular month, and you are asking timelines of things that most wedding books probably say 6 months in advanced or more, so really it should be now.  

Post # 6
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

If you’re on a budget, lay it out for EVERYTHING and make sure it is realistic for June.  Look it all up, rings, tux, dress, flowers, dj/dancing, cake, officiant fee, hair/makeup, etc.  You’d be sending out invites in late April at the latest.  You need time for dress alterations and it’s close to prom season, so I agree, you need to get that first.  Good luck!

Post # 9
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

cherriesandcream:  I used wilton kits.  You can buy them at pretty much any craft store.  

Post # 10
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I would do STDs via email asap. That of course means finalizing your guest list straight away and getting emails as fast as you can. My STD was super simple– I think I did it in 10 minutes. 

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