Post # 1
Our original date was Oct 2013. However, FH father is very ill and we are moving 5 hours away in Feb. So we decided to ditch the big destination wedding and have a small intimate backyard wedding at his uncle’s hollywood hills home. I’m thinking I have about 1 month in a half to plan. Haven’t chose a date, but maybe the end of Feb.
How do I go about invites and RSVP’s? I’m assuming I’m just going to have to send them out with a very short notice timeline. I guess it’ll be like planning a regular house party. lol
Post # 4
Flowers from costco or Albertsons.
Find a caterer.
Rent a tux.
Post # 5
It’s very doable. It’s going to be stressful on you, but it’s definitely doable!
I would do invites as soon as you have the date and place solidified. Everything else can be done after, but you need to give people as much notice as possible! Good luck!
Post # 6
The good thing is that his mom is best friends with someone who owns a flower shop, one of his uncles owns a bakery and we are wearing a simple attire. Its just the chairs, food, setup, bartender, we are going to need car service to and from the house for our guest. Because parking is very limitated and its up in the hills. Next door to Pauly Shore. lol. So we were thinking having our guest park on sunset at one of the parking lots and have car service picking them up.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club
Oh yes very do-able, maybe more stressful. But you can do it. 🙂
Post # 8
I think you can def. do it especially because your venue is someone’s house that you know. I would get on invites ASAP, that is the main thing you are running out of time on. Ordering from vistaprint,zazzle or a place like that should allow them to arrive quickly and you can get them out asap. Also, I am guessing maybe you already had your dress? That could be another thing that needs to be taken care of ASAP. You may have to find a dress that doesn’t need alterations because I am not sure you could order a dress and have alterations done by then. Everything else shouldn’t be that time consuming. I mean, I am getting married March 30th and while I have people secured for different things, I haven’t finalized anything yet.. Catering should be fairly easy to secure.. tons of different places do catering, flowers you can always order from Sam’s, Costco or a grocery store. A bakery should be able to do atleast a simple cake or you can always order cute cupcakes and just order a small cake for the two of you to cut.
The main thing is invites (and dress if you don’t already have it). I would try and order them next week with fast delievery hopefully getting them by Mid January, mailing out as soon as you get them (even if that means addressing over night) and asking people to RSVP a week or so before the day. OR you could always send out an email “Save-the-date.” Let people know what is going on so they can go ahead and set the date aside and then let them know what because of a change in plans invites will arive later.
Post # 9
@Brooklyn55: I don’t have my dress yet either! aaahhh…. lol Its just going to be a simple short white dress.
Post # 10
I know it’s unorthodox, but consider an online invite option to expedite the whole process. There are sites that specialize in this sort of thing for weddings – check out glo – http://glosite.com/?r=apwads. They do really attractive stuff, and given the situation I think foregoing the paper invite would be understood.
They advertise through A Practical Wedding. Speaking of, A Practical Wedding and Intimate Weddings would probably be good planning resources for you. THere is no reason you should not be able to plan a small party in 2 months although you’ll probably have to let go of some of the ideas you have about what “has” to be there.
Post # 11
Yes, absolutely. We got married just over 2 months after we got engaged. The actually “planning” part was done in the first two weeks. Really, there was not that much to do.
You can most definitely do it, especially as you already have the location and are planning something relatively intimate and low-key. I am sorry for the circumstances that have you choosing to do so though.
If that is what you want to do though pick a date, get on the phone, and get some invites out!
Post # 12
@echolove: For your dress you can probably find a sample you can take home right away (this is what I had to do, too) if you can’t find one in a non-bridal store. If you want a short white dress, look at a bridal store’s “destination wedding” rack/samples. Those are usually your best bet for shorter styles and/or more casual styles. Small alterations can be done by a small off-site seamstress if the store’s seamstress is backed up.
Post # 13
@echolove: I know people who have done it in less time. I would choose a date in the next week an call around to find vendors– you’ll need an officiant, food (restaurant catering/carry out is a great way to save money on short notice), and possibly a photographer. Figure out those first, then I would look at off the rack stores and mom and pop wedding shop for dresses you can buy right away. Florists can work quickly, but around valentines day you are going to pay a premium. You might want to look at a grocery florist to save money.
You can print your own invites and get them in the mail in the next week. There are kits at any Michaels/AC Moore/Craft store. I have also found Vistaprint to be really fast.
If you send out invites by 1/2/13, then ask for RSVPs back by 2/1, you can easily have a wedding as soon as 2/9. You can do it sooner if needed.