Some couples have a longer wedding timeline, but that isn’t always the case. While it’s not always ideal, it is entirely possible to plan a wedding with a shorter timeline. 

A Quick Wedding Planning Timeline

Most people have at least a year to plan their wedding. In some cases, it’s better to have even longer than that, as some venues are booked years in advance. However, if you’re wanting to get married soon consider the following things…

Budget Flexibility

If you’re going to be getting married sooner rather than later, it may require a larger budget. While this definitely isn’t always the case and there are lots of things you can do to cut costs, many venues might be booked and vendors may have rush costs.


Keeping some flexibility in your budget is a good way to make sure that you get as many things as possible off your list of wishes. If you’re not able to expand your budget, consider making a list and prioritizing the things that are most important to you. By purchasing those things first, you can be sure that your biggest goals are accomplished.

Pick a Date

If you don’t have a specific date picked out already, that’s one of the first things you should cross off your to-do list. Once you have a date, you can communicate with vendors and give them specific details. If you don’t have a date picked out, it’s likely other decisions will be more complicated to make.

Take Photos Soon

Getting engagement photos taken is important, especially if you’re going to include them in your invitations or wedding decor. Consider finding a wedding photographer that will include engagement photos in the overall package you purchase.

Alert Your Wedding Party

Asking people to be part of your wedding party is one of the first things you may want to do. It’s important that they have enough time to prepare and arrange details, so don’t hesitate to reach out and ask. One of the biggest things they’ll likely need to take care of is their apparel and that can sometimes take months.

Make a Wedding Website

If you were planning on making a wedding website, move that to the top of your to-do list. Having a website is a great way to make sure that everyone’s on the same page and that your guests have somewhere to refer to easily if they have questions. Being able to direct people to your website can save you time, so it’s a good thing to get out of the way.

Make Compromises

The reality of planning a wedding with a shorter timeline means that you may need to make some compromises. While doing this can be difficult, it’s still entirely possible to have an amazing wedding day. If you’re not sure what things you’re willing to compromise on, consider discussing it as a couple and making a list of all your thoughts. Budget will likely play a factor in the compromises you’ll need to make, so keep your priorities in mind.