Plan A Wedding In Less than Three Months

Sometimes, a long engagement isn't possible. Whether it’s because of military obligations, work related events, or you’re just too stinkin’ excited to start married life, don’t you worry. Although planning a wedding with a short timeline requires careful planning, lots of support, and some resourcefulness, it is totally possible!

The average wedding takes about a year of preparation. Vendors, especially major ones, have many events to prepare for and some may already be booked up (which in some cases help simplify the decision making process). Just keep in mind, you may need to reach out to more people to find a vendor with availability, but try not to get defeated when you hear your date is booked. Keep reading for some tips and tricks on preparing for a wedding that’s taking place in three months or less.

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The Bare Necessities

First of all, think of the most essential details of the wedding. Pick the date of your wedding and the venue for the ceremony and reception. It will be easier to find available dates if you opt for a Friday or Sunday wedding. A weekday wedding would make booking your preferred vendors so much easier. Set a budget and timeline of wedding activities, and create a checklist to help you keep track of everything.

If you have a problem finding a venue, you can hire a wedding planner who can help you scout for a location. Another option is to choose areas near where you live, or you can even have the wedding at your home if you have enough space.

Here are a few more things we recommend you o right away:

  • Book your officiant. If you have friends or colleagues who are judges, justices of the peace, or ordained ministers and they can legally officiate a wedding, ask them to be your officiant.

  • Get your marriage license.

  • Buy your wedding rings as soon as you can so that you won’t have problems in getting them resized or engraved.

  • Determine your wedding party and don’t be afraid to ask for assistance with preparations.

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Wardrobe

Ordering a wedding dress take up to six months at traditional ordering stores, which is why Brilliant Bridal is an especially great option for brides on a short timeline. All of our designer bridal gowns sell off-the-rack so you can take it home the same day you say yes to the dress. 🎉 Bridal alterations usually take 6 to 8 weeks, so if you find your dress early in the planning process, you shouldn't have to pay any rush fees on your gown alterations.

When it comes to hair and makeup, look for stylists who can do both, and try to set consultations as soon as possible. Help your stylist out by coming prepared with pictures of hair and makeup looks you love. 💋

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Invites, Reception, and Other Details

Another important aspect to get completed right away will be sending your invites. This will ensure that you can determine the headcount as early as possible. If local printers are unavailable, you can design the wedding invites yourself, using any number of online resources. If you’re the type who enjoys taking on DIY projects, making the invites, decorations, and wedding favors can help save the wedding budget, but may take some extra time.

For reception food, ask your favorite local restaurant if they offer catering services, or if you prefer, you can host the reception at a restaurant where the food can be served buffet-style. If no one can accommodate such a short timeline, then ask family and friends to do a potluck. Keep the menu simple and they will be so happy to be able to pitch in!

For your wedding cake, consider the bakery department in a local grocery store. They can often do beautiful (and delicious) designs with short notice. 🍰

For your bouquet, ask your florist to use blooms that are in season. They will be easy to acquire quickly and are often more cost effective. 🌻

Entertainment during the reception may not necessarily require hiring a DJ or a band. You can create your own playlist and play it on your phone or your laptop, as long as you can connect the device to reliable speakers. You will have no problem getting the party started. 🎶

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Reminders

Even if you only have a short time to prepare, you can still pull off the wedding of your dreams. Be sure not to get caught up in all of the business of wedding planning and remember why you're doing this, to get married! 👰Take time to prioritize your relationship which is what will last well beyond the wedding flowers and cake.

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Top 5 Wedding Floral Trends for 2019

Flowers have been a part of wedding traditions dating back to Ancient Greece. Where flowers were used to ward off evil spirits and to mask the bride’s…um…scent? All kinds of Halloween spooky 👻 in that custom. Thankfully, the function of florals has evolved over the millennia, but their place in weddings has not. Today, couples spend roughly 10% of their wedding budget on flowers 🌸 + greenery, 🌿 which if your wedding budget is near the national average, that means you’re spending around $3,000!

So to help you get the most out of your flower budget, regardless of how big or small that budget is, we’ve searched the interwebs and curated our top wedding floral trends for 2019.

1. Hanging Floral Installations

We know hanging, floral installations aren’t a new trend, but we don’t see them going anywhere any time soon. And why would they? 💁‍♀️ Whether you go all in with a large-scale display or have a modern, minimalist approach there is just something completely romantic and dreamy about celebrating a wedding under a canopy of fresh flowers.

2. Bright + Bold

Colorful themes will start edging out neutral, blush themes, and we love the vibrancy of this trend! Choose a palette of bright blues + violets or warm tones like oranges + corals for a modern look. Or go full rainbow 🌈 for a fun, bold statement like this dreamy bouquet below.

3. Dahlias + Ranunculus

Peonies have been a bridal, bouquet 💐 favorite for adding texture and visual interest to arrangements. While we’re still big fans, we love the emergence of dahlias and ranunculus. They both add a similar flair to your arrangements, but with a wider range of color options.

4. Floral Ceremony Circles

We 👏 Are 👏 Here 👏 For 👏 This. Whether you go vertical or keep things grounded, ceremony circles create a visually stunning and romantic environment to exchange your wedding vows. We feel like the vertical circles lean a bit more glam with their on-the-ground cousins giving off more of the natural, boho vibe.

5. Dark + Moody

Moody colors are everywhere. Interior design. Beauty. Fashion. And weddings are no exception. If you’re loving the dark + moody 🖤 trend in other areas, don’t opt for a Rainbow Bright bouquet. You do you, girl! We fully expect to see more brides embracing these rich-color schemes with their wedding flowers in 2019.

And like we always advise, your wedding dress sets the tone for the rest of your wedding planning. So if you haven’t checked ✔︎ ‘find my dream dress’ off your wedding checklist yet, make sure to book an appointment at one of our locations today! Our discounted, designer dresses 👰 will save you money and create some extra room in that wedding budget for an over the top floral arrangement!

Find Your Wedding Dress In Three Steps

Your wedding gown is one of the most sentimental, personal and emotional purchases of your life! You'll want to find a dress that flaunts your best assets and is true to YOU! Trends come and go, but your personal style is timeless. All too often we meet brides who are trying to achieve a look that they've seen in magazines or a celebrity inspired style. When they slip into those dresses they just don't feel like themselves, we then use these next tips to help our brides find their dream dress! Keep reading so you too can find your wedding dress in three steps!

1. Take a look at your current wardrobe!

You'll notice a repeating style, fabric or neckline. Do you have a lot of lace skirts or shirts? Are strapless a-line dresses your go to for a Sunday out with the girls? Is your closet filled with high necklines? Take a few pointers from yourself and let your everyday style translate to your wedding style!

2. Find a few bridal designers who's styles you love.

Comb through your dream dress Pinterest board (we assumed you have one. obvis.) if you notice a you're constantly loving Stella York, or Watters or Pronovias gowns make note of that. You can also use The Knot wedding dress search engine to find designers you're really drawn to. When it's time for your bridal appointment, just let your stylist know which designers are your favorites. And we'll work our hardest to help you find one of their styles or something similar!

3. Consider the "style" of your wedding venue.

For example: if you're having a church ceremony, you might feel more comfortable in a dress with more coverage. Or if your venue is outdoors in the summer, you'll want to stay away from long sleeves - even though they're trending! And if your venue is in a barn or has rustic vibes, lace is a great fabric to go with, while on the other hand, if your venue in in a modern space like an art museum or industrial warehouse, clean lines and a structured fit are sure to make a statement! Overall, you want to make sure the aesthetic of your dress & venue are cohesive, so it all makes sense on your wedding day!

Do you have any other wedding dress style tips to share with future brides?! Comment below to share what you learned while wedding dress shopping. And check us out on social media for more wedding planning tips  + new arrivals + BTS action. 

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Top 5 Ways To Relieve Wedding Stress

Wedding planning is not for the faint of heart. Weddings are elaborate events that require precision, attention to detail and patience, lots of patience! And the great majority of you won't hire a wedding planner, which means all of that patience and logistical work is coming from you and your partner. No wonder you're stressed! 

From trying to keep your budget to all the questions you're being asked, you're probably even more stressed than you had anticipated! To help you tackle your stress, we've compiled our favorite stress relievers from tips on staying organized to budget friendly date night ideas and everywhere in between. Just remember you are in total control over how you react to all the stressors that come your way. You've got this wedding planning thing, girl! 

Stay organized

Planning a wedding involves so many details, as we're sure you're quickly finding out! Your ability to keep track of all these details is going to significantly impact your stress levels. Lucky for you, there are numerous checklists, budget trackers and virtual wedding registries to help you stay organized! Of course, if shuffling all of those details is not something you're into or you simply don't have the time, hire a wedding planner coordinate all of the specifics. If you're having trouble hiring someone just to offset your stress, wedding planners are fantastic at helping you stick to your budget and get the most for your money. Additionally, they can often get vendor discounts since they are repeat customers where couples are not. 

Delegate, delegate, delegate

Planning you and your fiancé's wedding day is not solely your job. You may have thought about this day for awhile now and even have a Pinterest board devoted to it, but that doesn't mean you can't ask friends and family for help! If you have envelopes to address or bows to tie onto favors, get them involved and take a few things off your own plate. When it comes to your vendors, you are only responsible for explaining your vision (use pictures and swatches to really help them see), and of course, make sure you hire GOOD vendors! If you've hired good ones, then there will be no reason to micromanage them. Just let them do the job you've hired them for and trust them to do what they said they would. 

Eat yummy superfoods

We know developing a meal plan is the last thing on your to do list, so we've linked a few stress-fighting snacks with recipes linked and superfoods listed! Some of these superfoods work with your body to naturally release feel-good chemicals that directly combats stress hormones, to give you the chillest vibes. While, others help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels to keep you from crashing! 

Toasted Oats: oatmeal + berries + flax seed

Sweet & Salty Trail Mix: dark chocolate + cashews + dried blueberries + pumpkin seeds

Turkey Avocado Salad: turkey breast + leafy greens + avocado                                   

Move your body  

But really it's that simple. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you're doing something. It can be as simple as doing squats while you're cooking dinner or taking the stairs at work. Maybe you could even join a workout class or start taking your dog for a jog, whatever matches with your lifestyle best. As long as you are moving your body, you will reap the benefits of natural endorphins to keep those prewedding stressors at bay!

Spend some QT with your cutie

Your relationship shouldn't take a back burner to your wedding, so make sure to plan a few romantic dates during the process. Do things that you and your partner enjoy, maybe attend a sporting event, explore a new area of the city or hike a new trail. If you feel like your wedding budget has taken over your date night fund, google free things to do in your city or try out a new workout class together (usually it's cheaper, if not free for first timers). Whatever you end up doing just remember to continue pouring into your partner and spend quality time together and to love them well.

 

When the pressure of wedding planning gets to be too much remember the big picture. The wedding you're planning is to celebrate the start of you and your fiancé's marriage! It's a wonderful thing to celebrate, but the most important thing is planning your marriage. Even more important than cake flavors and guest lists and what gifts to put on your registry is planning the day after the honeymoon and beyond.

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3 easy steps to find your wedding dress style

Your wedding gown is one of the most sentimental, personal and emotional purchases of your life! You'll want to find a dress that flaunts your best assets and is true to YOU. Trends come and go, but your personal style is timeless. All too often we have brides who are trying to achieve a look that they've seen in magazines or a celebrity inspired style. When they slip into those dresses they don't feel themselves and are almost always disappointed. That is when we have to take a step back and really find out their own personal wedding style.

Here's a few tips to help you find your own personal wedding dress style!

1. Take a look at your current wardrobe! You'll notice a repeating style, fabric or neckline. Do you have a lot of lace skirts or shirts? Are strapless a-line dresses your go to for a Sunday out with the girls? Is your closet filled with high necklines? Take a few pointers from yourself and let your personal style translate to your wedding style!

 

2. The Knot has an extensive wedding dress search engine that we always recommend to our brides! Find a few designers that you really enjoy and save your favorite dresses. When you come into the boutique, show your stylist pictures of your favorites. We'll work our hardest to help you find your dream dress!

 

3. Keep your venue in mind. If you're having a church ceremony, we suggest selecting a style that covers up and isn't too 'busty'. If your venue is outdoors in the summer, stay away from long sleeves! If your venue is in a barn or has a rustic style, lace is the way to go! You'll want to make sure your wedding dress fits the venue & the aesthetic of your wedding day!

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What wedding dress style suggestions are you keeping in mind? Comment below and let us know!

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