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July 2020

8 Tips on How You Can Plan A Wedding in 30 Days Or Less

Wedding planning in 30 days or less? Yes, it’s totally doable with these tips!

Wedding planning for most couples take at least six months to a year or more to complete but occasionally, you meet the odd couple who planned their happily-ever-after in much lesser time than the average couple, say, in 30 days or less. Now, if you are the average couple who takes at least six months or a year to plan your wedding, you’d be thinking “How is it possible to plan one in that short amount of time?”.

Well, turns out it is totally possible to plan a wedding in 30 days or less with these eight tips.

1. Plan your wedding during the off-peak wedding season

Ariel and Johan’s Gorgeous Industrial Wedding at The Ahava by Andri Tei Photography

The beginning and ending months of the year are often more popular times for weddings in Singapore, so try to plan yours outside of these months if you are planning to wed in a month or less. Weekends are also a more popular choice, so do consider to wed on a weekday instead.

Once you have decided on a date, you may proceed to file for a notice of marriage no earlier than 21 days before your chosen date. If you are planning to wed outside of the Registry of Marriages, you’ll need to look for a licensed solemniser. Browse through our list of 35 licensed solemnisers who are still officiating weddings in 2020 and 2021, and contact the person whom you’d like as your solemniser to check if they are available on your date.

2. Decide on a budget

Tania and Ayron’s Dreamy Pre-Wedding Photoshoot in Picturesque Bali by Trevo Pictures

Just because your wedding is in 30 days or less doesn’t mean you don’t need to have a wedding budget. In fact, you need a budget even more because you have lesser time to save up for the wedding and the chances of overspending are higher. So, sit down with your groom-to-be and decide on a number you are both comfortable on spending on your wedding and work within that figure.

3. Find a venue that has almost everything you need

Aliya and Yugi’s Merry Vintage Glam Wedding at The Clifford Pier, The Fullerton Bay Hotel by Caline Ng Photography

Once you have chosen a date and a solemniser for your wedding, it’s time to choose a venue. Since you do not have a lot of time on your hands, try to pick one that doesn’t require you to do much to spruce the space up to save you time, money and stress. The venue should also provide you with what you need in terms of food and beverage for both the young and old in your guest list.

4. Make no mistakes and hire professionals

Samantha and Dwayne’s Magical JW Marriott Wedding by Pixioo

Just because you are getting married in less than 30 days doesn’t mean you should scrimp on your wedding. In fact, you should set aside sufficient funds to hire experienced and professional vendors such as wedding photographers and wedding stylists for your celebration because there is simply no room for mistakes with such a short time until your big day. You can count on their experience and expertise to gather what is necessary for your wedding within a short time, and throw you the wedding of your dreams.

5. Keep an open mind and be flexible

Cherie and Sham’s Modern Foliage Themed Wedding with Gold Accents by Andri Tei Photography

When you are planning a wedding in 30 days or less, it is important to keep your options open and be flexible. You may not be able to secure your ideal date, venue or vendors due to the short preparation time, and have to be open to the other options that are available to you. Try not be overly insistent and listen to the advice of your vendors, and trust them to get it right for your big day.

6. Be realistic with your expectations

Jon and Amanda The Clifford PierAmanda and Jon’s Beautiful Wedding at The Clifford Pier by Louis Gan and Yung Yaw of Munkeat Studios

Along with being open and flexible, you should also be realistic with your expectations on how your wedding will look like as compared to a bride who had a year or more to plan for theirs. This includes your expectations on how you want to look like on your big day. Remember, you only have 30 days or less to prepare yourself for the wedding, and going on crash diets or intensifying your exercise regime suddenly may harm you more than help you. So, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to look great because in your groom’s eyes, you already do.

7. Keep your guest list simple

Hailey and Clifford’s Exquisite Wedding at The White Rabbit by Germaine from Bridelope Productions

One of the keys to planning a wedding within a short period of time is to keep your guest list short and simple. Chances are, your wedding will be an intimate one, so invite your nearest and dearest – people whom you know will attend your celebration despite the short notice – to save yourself and your planner the time and hassle in trying to manage a long guest list for a wedding that is due in 30 days or less.

8. Skip the customisations in favour of ready-made

Pearlyn and Kang Cheng’s Urban Tropical Forest Wedding at Conrad Centennial Singapore by Beatrici Photography

There are some details that you may have to forgo when you are planning a wedding in 30 days or less, and customisation is one of them. Customising your wedding bands or wedding dress is likely going to take more than 30 days, so you might be better off looking at wedding bands or dresses that you can buy off the rack.

Commercial jewellers often have ready stock of engagement rings and wedding bands in different designs and sizes for couples to purchase immediately while off-the-rack ready-made wedding dresses can be found at a variety of bridal boutiques in Singapore.

Credits: Feature image from Elizabeth and Chong Jun’s Spontaneous Solemnisation Ceremony at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore by Caline Ng Photography

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