Short engagements are officially back in style. If you like a challenge, planning a wedding in less than eight months will be right up your street. Allow yourself to be swept away in the whirlwind of excitement, whilst taking heed to this sound advice:

Be Flexible

Choose a realistic date when enquiring at prospective wedding venues. Due to the short lead-in time, hosting your wedding on a Bank Holiday weekend will more than likely be out of the question. Similarly, dates during more popular seasons such as summer and Christmas tend to fill up fast.

Adopting a more flexible attitude may just help you reap some rewards. Many wedding venues in Ireland offer couples fantastic offers for off-peak and midweek weddings. For example, Fota Island Resort’s current wedding promotion. Couples who book their wedding to take place between January and April 2018 will receive the following:

  • A complimentary post-wedding party in the Clubhouse & finger food for up to 30 people
  • A second night stay in the bridal suite for the newlyweds
  • Two complimentary bedrooms with chosen wedding package
  • Complimentary use of the hotel’s Bentley car (T&C’s apply)
  • Upgrade to Prosecco for arrival reception. Available on selected packages only

Commit to Military-Style Planning

From the get-go, prepare to conquer spreadsheets and lists. Trust us, there will be lots of them! From budget breakdowns to guest list trackers, your organisational skills will help the countdown to your special day run seamlessly.


Choose your three most important considerations and aim to get these booked pronto. This will give you ample time to source back-up suppliers in the event that your preferred vendor has already been pre-booked.

Whether it’s your band, florist, photographer or videographer, it’s wise to move swiftly in order to check their availability on your wedding date.

Don’t forget to include your wedding celebrant or parish priest to this essential list! You may be surprised to learn how many couples forget to research these crucial details.

Avoid Guest List Drama

Finalizing numbers and creating seating charts are the two biggest stress-factors for most brides-to-be. Eliminate this worry from the outset. This should be a joyous time in your lives and you should savour every moment.

Don’t be afraid to embrace a cut-throat attitude when putting together your guest list. Whether you wish to refrain from asking distant relatives to your wedding or opt against giving college pals a ‘Plus One’ on their invite, the decision is ultimately yours. And if all else fails, The Smith Barry Suite at Fota Island Resort can accommodate 120 – 300 guests comfortably.

Choose Your Bridal Party & Send Your Invites ASAP

It’s best to get this task out of the way as early as possible. Your friends and family will appreciate advanced notice due to the short lead-in time to your nuptials.

Ask for Help & Delegate

Be resourceful and ask those closest to you for help. They will be delighted to help ease the burden of planning. If they have a particular talent, they may agree to trade it with you as a wedding gift. For example, if your friend is a professional Make Up Artist, ask her to do the bridal party. If your cousin is lead singer in an impressive band, ask them to play at your reception. Or if your future mother-in-law is an amazing baker, she might be honoured to create your wedding cake.

Go with the Flow

Whether you have two years or eight months before your big day, things can and will go wrong. Remember, these minor glitches will pass.

Trust Your Wedding Team

Don’t stress the finer details of your wedding. Have faith in your Wedding Coordinator and everything will run smoothly on the day itself. The dedicated team at the 5 Star Fota Island Resort boast a renowned reputation thanks to their extensive experience planning elegant world-class weddings. Your every desire and requirement will be met, leaving you to relax and enjoy this exciting time.