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How to elopement, micro wedding, or small wedding fast


The average engagement is about thirteen months, but what if you only have three months to plan and execute? Providing you with a timeline and some essential tips, we’ll show you how to plan a beautiful elopement, micro wedding, or small wedding in a short amount of time! Though it may seem daunting, restricting your planning to only three months can actually be quite freeing and liberating. Think about it – you won’t have months or years to agonize over small details and things that probably won’t matter in the end anyway. Keep reading for some great advice!

Decide on a budget and stick to it

How much does a wedding cost, and where are affordable places to elope?

Deciding on a budget and sticking to it is one of the most important parts of the decision-making process in planning your small wedding. It’s essential to think carefully about how much you want to spend in total so that you’re aware of what budgeted amount you are comfortable with before you start looking at different options.  It will also help prevent you from impulse buying and thus going over.  Remember, budgeting helps narrow down your options when making decisions about your wedding plans, so take some time to decide on a budget and stick to it!

Run a search for “elopement packages near me”

Yes, consider booking an all inclusive wedding venue

Choosing your wedding venue is a critical decision that should be made carefully. And when you’re looking to execute fast, you should strongly consider wedding venues with all-inclusive elopement packages. Take it one step further and look for those who have existing decorations so you won’t need to worry about adding extra touches to create atmosphere on your special day. This is why we encourage you to  think about nature-inspired venues, or outdoor wedding venues surrounded by beautiful flowers, creeks and waterfalls. They can be perfect for creating an intimate and romantic atmosphere without adding to your budget with potentially costly wedding decorations. Considering the small size of your event and with all the pieces already in place, there is also no real need for spending on a wedding planner.  The vendors are likely pre-selected and have prior experience at your chosen wedding venue, and so you’ll have peace of mind knowing that all venue logistics are already efficiently in place.

Start looking for a dress as soon as possible

With the big day quickly approaching, how can you find a dress in less than three months? Fortunately for the indecisive bride-to-be, it is possible to find a showstopping gown before time runs out. The key to success is to begin the process immediately. That involves doing some research on styles, cuts and colors within your budget. Once you have an idea of what you want and how much you’re willing to spend, it’s time to start shopping. Visit diverse bridal boutiques or use online sources and catalogues to get an idea of how various styles fit your body type. Don’t forget to set aside extra time for alterations if necessary; it will take some time and cost extra money, but it could make the difference between a good-looking dress and a gorgeous one! With the right strategy and enough determination, buying a wedding dress in less than three months is certainly achievable!


Consider choosing a weekday for your wedding date

A weekday wedding date has unique advantages such as increased availability of top venues and vendors. With fewer competing events, your special day takes center stage, allowing for dedicated attention from both vendors and your chosen venue. This creates an intimate and personalized atmosphere, ensuring your celebration is memorable and tailored to your preferences. Embrace the charm of a weekday wedding for a distinctive experience.


Send out save-the-dates immediately after you have chosen the date and wedding venue

Once you have chosen the when and where for your special event, it’s time to get the word out to your guests. Send out save-the-date notices as soon as you have made the decision so your guests can mark their calendars and make travel plans in advance to ensure that everyone can be there for your big day! These important notices let friends and family know when and where to expect your celebration, which is particularly important when sending out invitations much closer to the actual date of the event. Even when you’re just starting out on planning for a wedding or other significant gatherings, sending the save-the-date notification should take priority if all possible.

If you decide not to book an all inclusive wedding package, book vendors fast

After choosing a wedding venue, one of the first steps should be to book vendors such as florists, bands or DJs, caterers, photographers, wedding planners, and makeup artists. Availability of each of these services is often limited especially if you are planning a large wedding. It’s therefore vital to research and reserve all necessary services quickly in order to ensure they will all be available on your required date. Booking well ahead of time also gives you ample opportunity to compare what each vendor can offer before you decide who will provide the services you need to make your special day perfect.

Delegate tasks to family members and friends to help with the planning process

Planning any event can be a daunting task, and often there are simply not enough hours in the day to complete everything. Delegating tasks to family members and friends is one of the most effective ways to make the planning process easier and less stressful. Assigning each person a specific job gives them ownership of their part, which encourages them to take responsibility for completing it in a timely manner. Additionally, they bring their own resources and knowledge to the project which can improve the overall outcome. Having several different people actively involved in creating an event means ideas flow freely, removing any sense of overwhelm that can arise when working on your own. Ultimately, delegating tasks saves time allowing you to focus on other important details while also keeping your stress levels down!


You’ve made it to the end of your three month wedding planning journey.  You have checked all the boxes, from setting a budget and picking the right venue to finding the perfect dress and booking all your vendors. And let’s not forget delegating tasks to family members and friends, which is one of the best ways to make sure that your big day will go as smoothly as possible. We invite you to come celebrate with us at Weddings over Waterfalls – there, you’ll find the most uniquely romantic space complete with natural backdrops for countless photo ops and, of course, the soothing sights and sounds of cascading water.

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