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Planning A Quickie Wedding – Tips For The Workaholic

Not everyone dreams of their wedding day from the time they were little kids. Not everyone dresses up either. There are a significant number of people who would rather avoid the large wedding scenario and simply get married at the city hall or wherever the officials are. For those who planned to do that, or elope, but suddenly face a change of plan and now have to plan a quick, small wedding, the obstacles may seem endless. There are so many things to worry about! Not really; there are only a few essentials for any wedding and they can be gathered together quickly, if not cheaply, thus:
Find a Location
No one will expect a grand ballroom since this was an unexpected and quick decision. Simply find a place that will accommodate the number of guests you’re expecting and book it. Don’t stop to think about the romance or history behind it. The atmosphere is created largely by the attendees and your own mood. If you’re happy with it, they will be too. If the ceremony is at a church, the reception can easily be held at a guest house, a restaurant or even a gallery space. Make sure it includes catering as you won’t have time to hunt down a separate caterer.
Find the Wedding Officiant
At a religious ceremony this is usually a priest and therefore will be present at the church anyway, unless your ceremony is held elsewhere, in which case you will have to ask the officiant to be present at the venue. Civil ceremonies usually happen in the presence of the wedding registrar or magistrate. You need a prior appointment for them to be present so make sure you talk to them first and set your date when they are free.
Find the Flowers
This is more traditional, not essential, and they don’t have to be fresh, but it’s customary for the bride to carry a bouquet and the groom to have a boutonniere. If you’re too busy to physically go out and choose flowers for the deco, either relegate that to someone else, or go check out an online florist who will have all the available flowers of the season and the arrangements on a website.
While an online florist won’t be the same as seeing the Dubai flowers with your own eyes, it saves a lot of time as you can view all the options from the comfort of your own chair and make a quick order.
Find the Clothes
Since this is your wedding, you can wear pretty much whatever you want. Forget about a rehearsal dinner and all the accompanying wedding superstitions and simply go with what you want or can. The groom can wear a suit or even jeans and dress shirt, while the bride can wear the traditional white wedding gown, a white but normal dress, or a casual coloured dress like the starlets are doing now (think Amber Tamblyn’s yellow, knee-length wedding dress). Whatever works for you is in.