Perhaps you can’t wait to be Mr and Mrs any longer. There might be a bub on the way. Or the thought of going over seating charts and table centrepieces for months on end makes you feel slightly sick.
If you fit into any of the above categories, we have just the thing: the sub-three-month wedding. And before you throw your hands up and cry ‘No-one can plan a wedding in less than 90 days!’, we’ve put our myth-busting hats on to prove it can definitely be done. Even better, we've gone to the experts - a couturier, event stylist and florist - to get their tips on how you can pull together your dream day in an instant (well, a bridal instant).
From the couturier...
If you've ever binge watched Say Yes To The Dress
, you'll no doubt have seen an episode where the bride is getting hitched in a few weeks and needs a dress, stat. Cue the consultants running around in a tizz, saying finding the dress should be ticked off a year (or more) in advance. To that, we call nonsense – and so does designer Bernadette Pimenta
. “Organising a wedding gown in three months is achievable,” Bernadette says. “Our couture gowns are created in-store and can be fast-tracked.” Once you’ve locked down your date, snagging your dress should be next, recommends Bernadette. “Remember you don’t have to go with a style or dress that you’re not in love with just because you think you’re restricted with time. You do have options.” One of those options is going with a ready-to-wear dress, which you can often take home the day you try it on. Many boutiques also have on-site alterations or can recommend a seamstress to get the fit just right.
From the styling whiz...
Most couples book their wedding suppliers months in advance, so an obstacle in pulling off a last-minute wedding can be that your preferred vendors aren't available, says Vanessa Le from Levian Events
. But you never know what tricks an event stylist or coordinator has. “They’ll give you the right direction and they can deal with all the last-minute headaches and dramas,” recommends Vanessa. “They might be able to work their magic and secure you a booking.” Before you meet with your planner, Vanessa suggests gathering photos and notes of all the things you do and don’t want, and working backwards from your budget, rather than forwards. Another time-saving option is to work with only a handful of suppliers. “It makes the planning process much easier; it becomes a tiring task keeping the suppliers well informed,” she says. “Couples will find that working with a few suppliers will end up being a cost-saving option too, as costs may become packaged up.”
From the green thumb...
On the floral front, it’s good news for couples and their last-minute nuptials. “Planning a wedding with short notice impacts a couple only when the variety may be in huge demand and therefore not available,” says Elizabeth Ricci from Flower Temple
. The cooler weather will also affect what your florist can get their hands on (read: peonies in June, probably not going to happen). Being flexible and keeping an open mind is the best way to avoid disappointment. “Couples who enquire with short notice should select a colour option and style that best enhances their overall look or theme and then allow their florist to make recommendations based on what flowers are seasonally available.”
From the 'where' and 'when'...
Not only are you more likely to get your venue of choice during winter, when the demand for weddings is lower, but you'll probably be able to save a large chunk of cash, too. And no, that doesn't mean serving party pies for dinner - it means keeping an eye out for winter specials, just like these ones.
Sure, it’s got a waterfront view complete with palm trees and sailboats, but Encore St Kilda
deliver with their winter wedding deal too. For nuptials between May and September 2015, Encore St Kilda is offering a $125 per head menu special. This price includes a chef’s selection of canapés, three-course menu and five-hour drinks package, which would normally set you back around $150 per person.
You don’t need Kate and Wills’ budget to get married in a castle - or even a plane ticket to England. Overnewton Castle
, less than 30 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, has an on-site chapel and reception spaces complete with open fireplaces to ward off shivering shoulders. From June to August 2015, they're offering a $95 per head package that includes half an hour of canapé service, venue hire, photography rights, your choice of entrée and dessert, and an alternating main - $18 off the normal price.
Perched in the Yarra Valley, one of Victoria’s most popular wedding locations, Vue on Halcyon
has just that: a serious view. To combat the cooler weather, winter ceremonies are held in the brand spanking new chapel. Couples who host their wedding at Vue between June and August will be treated to the venue’s evening package for $135 per head (normally $145). Enjoy 30 minutes of hot and cold canapés served in the cellar door, as well as a five-hour reception, three-course dinner and a beverage package that includes Halcyon Daze wines.
Pro tip: leave those tight belts at home if you're hosting a wedding at The Willows in Melbourne. With a reputation for delivering top nosh, their winter menu special is sure to tickle any foodie's tastebuds. For weddings held between May and August, an a la carte menu will be available for $125 per head (normally $145), while a cocktail menu comes in at $120 per head (usually $140). Both offerings include a complimentary ceremony, a five-hour all-inclusive beverage package, petit fours with tea and coffee service, and tea lights to deck out your reception.
Our other tip for nailing your nuptials is to look for new venues. With just-opened spaces, you will often have your pick of last-minute dates, can take advantage of reasonably priced packages and, perhaps most importantly, cement your status as a trend-setter. The freshly-minted Signals Room at Burnt Orange
puts the 'new' in brand new. The room is dotted with kit from the venue's own boutique - that's right, you can get hitched and
shop in the same spot - and the wedding packages boast both sit-down and cocktail options. Outside, there are views of the water and a lookout point, which is only a short stroll from the Signals Room. Our advice? Get on to this one quick, it won't stay quiet for long.