Don't let planning your nuptials consume your life for months on end. Throw together a quick ceremony with a limited schedule and start living a happy, married life.
- Step 1: Recruit friends to help with the planning and execution. Use their talents to your advantage -- if someone is a photographer or owns a camera, have them take pictures.
- TIP: Use social networking sites and instant messaging to stay in touch with everyone.
- Step 2: Keep things in perspective as you plan. Planning a wedding can be stressful, and doing it in a few weeks or days can compound that stress. Remember to enjoy yourself on your special day with the one you love.
- FACT: A 2008 survey found that the average American will be engaged for 16 months before getting married.
- Step 3: Be creative and think outside the box to plan a wedding on a tight schedule. Instead of large wedding cake, order a cupcake tower or have a friend bake your cake. Pick up flowers from a wholesale florist the day of the wedding.
- TIP: Pay extra for things you really want or need to get them rushed -- just don't blow your budget.
- Step 4: Prioritize your list according to wants and needs. Get and send the invitations as soon as possible and make location arrangements. Decorations, flowers, and music can wait -- but not too long.
- TIP: Book your location first, and then plan everything else around that date.
- Step 5: Combine locations so you can have the ceremony and reception at or very near one place. Chapels in Las Vegas are especially equipped to provide all-in-one options and some even decorate and cater.
- Step 6: Stick to the simple things: don't be too picky about flowers or decorations, forgo alterations and custom wedding dresses, and skip any special requests -- unless you really want it.
- Step 7: Start a list of the basics of a wedding like a location, invitations, food, music, a dress, and someone to perform the marriage.