Stacey from Glas Events has worked on weddings in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset for a number years and offers event management, styling through an artisan range of hire items and workshops. We asked for her expert advice on planning a wedding in less than six months. If you are considering a short engagement her guidance will put you at ease!
Is it possible to organise a wedding in less than six months?
Absolutely it is possible to plan a wedding in six months. There may be some challenges, such as supplier availability, but if you are prepared to be flexible then nothing is impossible.
What advice would you give to couples planning a short engagement?
I think the most important thing is to be clear about what matters to both of you and run with it. There will always be people that don’t like your plans, or those that think you are rushing. But if it feels right for you, then go for it.
What elements of the wedding should couples prioritise?
I no longer think there is a set rule about the things you should prioritise. You may be a massive foodie, or maybe a creative. Therefore, having incredible food throughout the day might be top of your list. Or the atmosphere and aesthetic might be important to you, wanting your day to visually sum you up as a couple. Alternatively (and this is important) it might just be about good friends, family and one another, and everything else is a bonus, after all that is what it’s all about. Your prioritises should be about what matters to you, and how you want to remember your wedding day.
Are there any tools or ways to manage the budget?
Look at the bigger picture. It might seem cheaper to buy in décor, DIY flowers and get a friend to do the photos, but truthfully the time, sourcing, prepping, and realising you’ve missed something and have to spend more, will ultimately end up being costly to you. Let those in the wedding industry take care of you but set your budget based on priorities and work backwards. If it matters to you, it is worth it in the end.
How can they make sure they stay on track and make the process as stress-free as possible?
Work with those in the know. Many people see a wedding and how smooth everything runs and think it looks easy. But trust me when I say the weddings that look the breeziest are usually the ones that have had the most amount of planning put into them, so that on the day everything just happens around you and your guests. Don’t underestimate the value of a strong team, and industry professionals.
What are your top three tips?
Be 100% authentic – it is your day. Work with professionals in the industry that you gel well with, not those that are the cheapest, the importance of a positive working relationship for such a personal day is key. Staff and suppliers who do this for a living will make the planning and delivery of your day seamless – trust them. And above all else…… enjoy!
A huge THANK YOU to Stacey for sharing her expertise. At Valleyside Barn we are here to support you from initial viewing right through to the BIG day.