How to Plan a Wedding in 3 Months (or less)

Planning a wedding is often seen as a year-long process, filled with meticulous details and countless decisions. But what if you don’t have a year or even 6 months to plan your dream wedding? Don’t you worry, it’s entirely possible to plan the wedding of your dreams in just 3 months or less.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through a 3 month wedding planning checklist, outlining all the essentials, and at the end, we’ll show you how we can help make it a stress-free experience.

The Three-Month Wedding Planning Checklist

Confetti photo at Manor By The Lake

Planning a wedding in a super short time frame requires careful organisation and efficient decision-making. Here’s a step-by-step checklist to ensure you dot the I’s and cross the T’s – guiding you through the wedding planning timeline and process:

Month 1: Setting the Foundation

  1. Choose a Date: Select a wedding date that works for you and check its availability at your chosen venue. At this point if your mind is not made up and you don’t your heart set on a wedding venue, book some tours and go get a feel for the place.
  2. Guest List: Create a guest list to determine the size of your wedding party, ensuring your venue can accommodate and your budget is suffice.
  3. Budget: Establish your budget and decide how much you’re willing to allocate to different aspects of your wedding. Think of your major deal breakers and then go through the list to decide where your well-earned cash will go.
  4. Venue and Suppliers: Quickly secure your venue, sign on the dotted line, and book your essential suppliers like photographers, caterers, stylists, and florists. Here is where you will book your registrar or celebrant.
  5. Invitations: Let’s make sure your favourite people are free and get them excited about your I-Do’s. Top Tip: Send out digital wedding invitations to your guests to save time.

Month 2: The Details

  1. Wedding Attire: Shop for your wedding fits, including the wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, suits, and accessories. Don’t forget to purchase wedding rings!
  2. Décor and Flowers: Discuss your décor and floral preferences with your selected suppliers. It’s time to get your Pinterest board out and show them your chosen style.
  3. Menu Tasting: Arrange a menu tasting session with your caterer or venue to finalise the menu. Making sure everyone is taken on a scrumptious culinary journey.
  4. The Vows: Giving yourself plenty of time to write and rehearse those all-important, heartwarming words that you and your partner will be exchanging at your wedding ceremony.

Month 3: Finalising and Celebrating

  1. Final Touches: Confirm all details with your suppliers and make any necessary adjustments. Confirm RSVP’s, send out final headcount to your wedding planner and all relevant vendors. Finalise your seating plan and send your party playlist to your DJ or band.
  2. Settle Costs: Make any final payments to your venue, wedding vendors, and anyone else in line with your signed contracts.
  3. Marriage License: Obtain your marriage license.
  4. Relax and Enjoy: Finally, take a breath, a moment to relax and celebrate your love with your nearest and dearest.

The Perfect Venue for Your Last-Minute Wedding

Bride & Groom at Manor By The Lake

Now that you’ve seen how to plan a wedding in three months or less, let’s talk about how Manor by the Lake can turn all your dreams into a reality, even with only a matter of months to do so.

Online Journal & Planning Portal

Manor by the Lake understands the importance of staying organised, especially when time is of the essence. We offer an online journal and planning portal where you can keep track of your ideas, guest lists, budgets, and timelines. This feature is a game-changer for those planning a wedding in a hurry, as it allows you to access your plans from anywhere, at any time.

Expert Wedding Team

Perhaps the most valuable asset when planning a speedy wedding is our expert wedding team. They are seasoned professionals with years of experience in the industry and have orchestrated countless weddings in short time frames. They will be your guiding light, offering invaluable advice and support every step of the way.

Special Offers

Looking for the perfect wedding offer or some discounts? Well, we have some fantastic special offers just for you. From complimentary bedrooms and suites, to 50% off additional evening guests to really get the party started! Click here to find out more, one offer might just be 3 months or less away and the one to really seal the deal.

Recommended Suppliers

One of the key advantages of choosing Manor by the Lake is our network of trusted, recommended suppliers. These suppliers are well-acquainted with our venue and have a proven track record of delivering exceptional service. From florists to photographers, you can find everything you need in one place, making your planning process smoother and more efficient.

Planning your big day with a shorter wedding planning timeline might sound daunting, but with the right venue and support, it can be a thrilling and exciting experience. Manor by the Lake’s recommended suppliers, online tools, and expert wedding team make the process smoother and more enjoyable, allowing you to focus on what truly matters: celebrating your love.

Your short-notice wedding at Manor by the Lake could be just a few months away – So if you’re ready to embark on this whirlwind journey, get in touch with us today and let’s turn your dream wedding day into a beautiful reality.


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