Wedding Planning Boot Camp

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Two weekends ago, I became engaged. Last weekend, my fiancé and I sat down and started what I deemed Wedding Planning Boot Camp. The man was familiar with boot camp from his time in the Air Force (HURA!), so he was fully equipped to dive in to my years of Pinterest planning for our perfect day.

To be honest, though, when the time came to actually plan, all of the bridal showers and bachelorette hoopla that everyone preaches, all the frills and thrills, were just not up our alley. We worked to plan a simple week filled with fun and food to honor the people we love.

Our dream was to marry within a six-month time frame, but ideally we wanted a three-month engagement.

Despite nearly everyone’s warnings of not being able to squeeze it in the time allotted, we did it.

Within 24 hours of him popping the question, we had the venue and caterer penciled in. By the end of the week, we had the guest list secured and invitations ordered, venue and caterer booked, tables and chairs scheduled with an invoice coming our way and the entirety of the wedding party and most day-of schedule details organized.

For the next two months, we’ll be driving on cruise control as we finalize details, pay vendors and solidify rockstar playlists for the week’s events.

For those who say it cannot be done, I would like to encourage those wanting to have a short engagement — and a big, boisterous wedding — that it can be done.

During our research, we discovered the average cost of a wedding in 2017 was $25,764, according to costofwedding.com. The website continued to inform that couples, on average, spend between $19,323 and $32,205 but 50 percent of couples spend less than $15,000. With a few cheap options in town, like Whitney Commons Park rental for less than $500 per day, a wedding is certainly doable in Sheridan for far less than the average.

The average wedding cost per zip code (Sheridan’s), couples typically spend between $17,765 and $29,609 for their wedding.

Pinterest also helps a ton. Sifting through my pins, former brides encourage wistful scrollers that a three-month engagement can be accomplished and the dream wedding can still happen.

The “Hitched” wedding blog out of the United Kingdom provided a three-month timeline, including catering, venue, invitations, wedding dress and a photographer and music secured within the first month.

Other scheduling factors were spread out in the next two months, including florist, cakes and bridal party attire in month two and decor, accessories, gifts and final tasks filling the final month.

The “Hitched” author suggested e-invitations — a tip we nabbed and are thankful that Zola.com provided a tedious but simple-in-the-long-run system to allow for online RSVPs, which automatically translates into head counts.

I’m most certainly no expert in wedding planning but can encourage current or future brides-to-be that the short engagements are totally plausible. HURA!

By |Mar. 19, 2019|

About the Author:

Ashleigh Fox joined The Sheridan Press in October 2016 as the public safety and city government reporter before moving into the managing editor position in November 2018. She is a native of Colorado and graduated from Biola University in Los Angeles, CA. Before working in Sheridan, she worked as a sports editor for the Sidney Herald in Sidney, Montana. Email Ashleigh at: ashleigh.fox@thesheridanpress.com

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