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How to Plan a Wedding in Less Than a Year

All images by Pursell Photography. 
All images by Pursell Photography. 

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Planning a wedding can be a large task, especially when you’re on a tight timeline. But don’t worry, it’s entirely possible to plan a beautiful and memorable wedding in less than a year. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you navigate through this exciting journey, featuring photos from Pursell Photography, a Vancouver and Lower Mainland-based wedding photography team.

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Step 1: Set Your Budget

The first step in planning your wedding is setting a budget. This will guide all your decisions moving forward, from the venue to the dress to the catering. Be realistic about what you can afford and remember that there are many ways to make your day special without breaking the bank! See some of our tips on how to save more money for wedding photography

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Step 2: Choose a Date and Venue

Once you have a budget in mind, it’s time to choose a date and venue. This should be done as soon as possible, as popular venues can fill up quickly. Metro Vancouver offers a variety of scenic venues to choose from, including waterfront locations, mountain views, forest views, gardens, and urban settings.

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Step 3: Draft a Guest List

Next, draft a guest list. This can be a tricky process, but remember, it’s your day. Include the people who matter most to you. The size of your guest list will also impact your venue choice and budget.

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Step 4: Hire Key Vendors

Start hiring key vendors, such as your caterer, florist, and of course, your photographer. Pursell Photography, with our candid photojournalistic approach and expertise in off-camera lighting techniques, can capture every moment of your big day in a unique and beautiful way.

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Step 5: Order Stationery and Send Save the Dates

Around six to nine months before your wedding, order your stationery and send out save-the-date cards. This gives your guests plenty of time to plan their schedules and make travel arrangements if necessary.

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Step 6: Plan Your Attire

Start shopping for your wedding attire. Consider bridal shops or suit stores that offer off-the-rack options if you’re on a tight timeline.


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Step 7: Finalize Details

In the final weeks leading up to your wedding, finalize all the details. This includes your menu, music, seating plan, and more. Don’t forget to take care of personal details like getting a manicure/pedicure, scheduling a final dress fitting, and packing for your honeymoon.

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Step 8: Enjoy Your Day

Finally, on the day of your wedding, take a moment to breathe and enjoy. This is a celebration of your love and commitment, so make sure to stay in the moment and enjoy every second of it.

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Remember, planning a wedding in less than a year may seem overwhelming, but with organization, determination, and a little help from professionals like Pursell Photography, you can create a day that you and your partner will remember for a lifetime. Get in touch to book us as your photographers!


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