Planning a Wedding in a Matter of Months

January 2, 2013

You’re engaged and are so eager to tie the knot. You have always had your heart set on a summer or fall wedding, but that is only a few months away, and you just don’t want to wait until the following year! Can you make this dream a reality without compromising your wants? You sure can with these few simple tips:

Ask for help
Whether recruiting your friends and family, or hiring a wedding planner, ask for help to pull all of the pieces together. Researching available, reputable vendors can be time consuming, and a wedding planner can quickly pull together these resources from their network. A planner can also handle some tasks that you simply can’t fit into your schedule, or you can designate these duties to willing friends and family members.

Find your venue and ceremony locations
Many popular venues get booked well in advance, but don’t let that deter you! By being flexible, you will be able to find a place that really showcases who you are as a couple. Consider a Friday evening or Sunday event which may have more availability, as well as having the ceremony and reception at the same location. This will save you time from having to research multiple locations.

Book your photographer
You want all of your hard work and the moments of the day to be captured beautifully, so make sure to hire an experienced photographer.

Book the rest of your major vendors
Within the first month of planning, you should have all of your major vendors booked. This will leave you free to focus on the rest of the details—like finding that perfect wedding gown!

Order/Purchase your wedding gown
Some gowns can take up to 6 months to come in, so consider purchasing an off-the-rack dress and have it altered to fit you perfectly. Many bridal stores will sell sample gowns, or even used gowns, which in most instances can save you time and money.

Order/Purchase bridal party attire
This should be done at the same time, or soon after you find your wedding gown. Often times it takes a few months for bridal party dresses to come in. You can also consider purchasing the bridal party attire off-the-rack as well, for a more eclectic and whimsical look.

Order wedding stationery
Decide on the look of your wedding stationery and order it by the third month of planning. Invitations should be sent out no later than 8 weeks before the wedding to allow your guests ample time to plan and reply.


Enjoy yourself during the planning process
Although you are planning a wedding in a hurry, don’t forget to enjoy yourself. From trying on dresses, to listening to great music from bands and DJs, to taste testing your meals and your cake, there are many aspects of the planning process that are quite fun.

If you are planning, or would like to plan a gorgeous Vermont Wedding, contact Liz Cotter at 802.282.9880 or email us at We have multiple ceremony and reception sites available for 2013.