How to Plan a Wedding in Two Weeks and for Under 0
Whether you're in a hurry, you have a tight budget, or if you simply want to get married without making it a big production, it's still possible to have a real wedding. Instead of spending huge amounts of time and money, use your own creativity and resourcefulness, and that of understanding family members and friends.
Take care of the legal stuff as soon as you decide to get married.Go to the courthouse and get the marriage license. (Note that in some countries you may need to wait a month or more after acquiring a licence to have a legal ceremony.)
Spread the word.Invite people by email, phone, or (if you trust your delegates) word of mouth. If you have more than two weeks, use a computer to design and print your own invitations, but remember that they'll take time to go through the mail.
Find an officiant, but don't look in the phone book first.If you don't have somebody in mind, ask people you know. Just about anybody can , and chances are that word of mouth can put you in touch with somebody who has, or is willing. Choose somebody you are comfortable with.
Write the ceremony yourselves.This step is not about haste or budget, but about having a ceremony that is meaningful and comfortable for you.
Obtain rings, if you choose to wear them.Jewelry stores may try to sell you the fanciest, priciest thing, but meaning is far more important here than cost.
Go casual.Let everyone know that your wedding is a barbecue, picnic, beach, or luau theme. It is much easier and less costly to orchestrate these gatherings than something more formal or fancy, and nobody will mind that everything doesn't all match. Consider having a picnic or potluck wedding. Local guests can bring a food item, the more the merrier. Have a volunteer maintain a sign up list for the foods so you don't have too many of the same item. Chances are, your parents and/or grandparents' wedding receptions were cake-and-punch gatherings. If you invest a good portion of your budget on the cake, this can be a beautiful option.
Tell everybody to wear jeans and sneakers, sandals and shorts, and their favorite Hawaiian shirt.People are a lot more comfortable in casual clothing, anyway, and it will put everybody at ease. Wear clothes you already own, or buy something simple that you can wear again.
Get married in your home, or your backyard, if you can.
Have the wedding and the reception in the same place.Your guests won't have to stop everything and get lost going from here to there, and you won't have to prepare and clean up two different venues.
Borrow chairs or inquire about renting them.Ask around and get creative. Otherwise, rent from a local party center.
Keep cleanup simple.See if a party store near you has an inexpensive roll of plastic tablecloth material in the color of your wedding. Cut it to length and don't forget to tape it down, especially if you're outdoors. If you decorate further, skip the crepe paper and balloons, which belong at birthday parties. Rolls of tulle or organza are nearly as inexpensive and deliver real wedding appeal.
Appoint a "stage manager", if possible.A level-headed high school or college student is ideal, particularly anybody who has had experience in band, drama, restaurants, or the like. This person will help you watch timing, direct and assist with setup, run last minute errands, line people up for group photos, and so on. Offer to pay this person, especially if he/she is a "starving student", treat him or her to a nice dinner, or return the favor.
Keep favors simple, or skip altogether.Avoid making favors that will require much assembly. Enlist a friend who is "crafty" to do this for you!
Skip the flowers or buy just a few from a supermarket (go for color, not price).A single open rose or camellia floating in a bowl of water can be very elegant. Alternatively, for centerpieces, consider simple candles
Place plenty of trash cans and, if possible, well-marked recycle bins in discreet but visible locations.Many guests will naturally clean up after themselves when given the opportunity.
Consider doing your own music with wedding CD.
Additional Wedding Resources
QuestionHow do I decorate for a wedding in my front yard on a small budget?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTalk to people! See what items or services people are willing to offer based on what look you want. Most people are happy to assist in any way they can for a wedding. Find a focal point where you want the ceremony to be and build from there.Thanks!
QuestionI was born in December. Can I use Christmas lights to decorate?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes! If you want a wedding that's under 0, and you love arts and crafts, you can make your own decorations!Thanks!
- Don't feel guilty or timid asking for help. Most people will understand completely and they'll be delighted to pitch in.
- If people offer to help, let them! You might be surprised at how many people volunteer, when given an opportunity to do something besides dress up, show up, and eat. Let your "stage manager" assist you in putting these people to work.
- Relax and have fun, knowing that by letting this event be informal, you've saved yourself and your guests much stress andhassle!
- Do something separate for the people where you work. Including too many people from your office can expand your guest list dramatically. They probably don't know your family, anyway, so they may feel awkward showing up and trying to fit in. Instead, have cake or snacks in the lunchroom or go out for drinks (arrange to have designated drivers) after work one day and invite anyone you like or just announce it generally and let people decide for themselves whether to join you. This gives everybody a chance to celebrate and meet you while keeping your wedding a little more intimate.
- Even the most meticulously planned weddings have minor glitches and major disasters. If you are doing this in two weeks, you absolutely must not sweat the small stuff. If you are a couple with a license, an officiant, and a location to be married, then EVERYTHING ELSE is small stuff.
- You may step on a few toes: by necessity, your minimum budget dictates your guest list must be relatively short. Unless your immediate family and closest friends amount to under ten people, Second Cousin Suzie and Your Brother-In-Law's next-door neighbor might have to accept their lack of an invite.
Things You'll Need
A willing partner.
A minimal budget. With many weddings costing as much as luxury cars, 0 is a very minimal budget.
Helpful friends and family members.
A quantity of food.
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