6 MonthsThough the conditions may not seem ideal, planning your wedding on very short notice doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the quality of the event. There are a variety of reasons that planning your wedding in less than 6 months may be necessary such as a pregnancy, an ill grandparent, or even the bride or groom being deployed for military service. Regardless of the reasons that you are in a big rush to plan your wedding, there are some things you can do to maximize your time and come out looking like you spent years figuring out all the details. Breathe deep and settle in, because planning your wedding is full of unexpected treats; especially on short notice.

Hit the Ground Running

A traditional period of time to plan a wedding is at least a year before the big day, so you have some catching up to do if you want everything perfect in just 6 months. The good news is that couples (especially the bride) are the most motivated when the planning process begins because they aren’t fatigued from staring at dresses and paper doilies for months on end. That’s why it is so important to hit the ground running with your wedding planning, especially the first month. Try to cram as much of your planning into the first month as possible so you can hopefully slow down and plan at the normal speed when you get into the second month.

Be Open to Ideas

One of the best ways to get ahead when you already start out behind planning your wedding is to be open to ideas and think outside the box. Being stubborn can sometimes get you exactly what you want, but it can often lead additional stress and the constant feeling that there’s still more to do; especially planning your wedding. For instance, you may not have considered a beach wedding, but the opportunity presents itself; you should consider embracing the concept. Maybe your first choice of reception hall is booked out but another one that is comparable is available; don’t be picky and get it booked. By staying flexible and not stressing about the details too much, you can get your wedding booked quickly and turn it into your dream wedding with enough time to make it your own.

Recruit Helpers

Many brides think they are Supergirl and can do everything themselves, but this is a tall order under normal circumstances; much less when planning your wedding in less than 6 months! Set aside your ego and ask for help from the bridal party and your parents. They are more than likely going to be very excited about helping, and you may find that having outside ideas can actually make the planning process better. You will find things that you never would have thought of otherwise if you open your wedding planning to the people around you who care most, so attempt to embrace their help rather than fight for having everything your way. The less that is on your plate, the more focus you can put into the things that are and make your wedding the best it can possibly be.