A Short Lead Wedding for a Life Long Commitment

Posted by Kathleen Johansen , July 05, 2017
Jermaine Michelle

Wedding planning can be stressful, we’ve heard it all before! So why prolong the process? Standard wedding protocol calls for one year to 18 months of planning, but we say spare yourselves! Save the muss and forego the fuss – we’re here to get the party started and send you on to your happily ever after.

With good food, good service + good times, the Drake Hotel Properties will deliver on this trifecta every time, and we can’t wait to do the same for your big day.

Enter the Drake’s planning guide for pulling off your dream wedding in six months or less:

The Dress…
Often this will be the piece that takes the longest lead time, usually recommended to be ordered at least 6-months in advance. BUT with a trunk sale or a purchase off the rack, you can find the perfect fit for a fraction of the cost, and save the need for the long-lead order times. Retailers that aren’t big-box wedding stores are also a great way to go – think Free People or Anthropologie’s wedding line - as you can have your chic style delivered to your front door as fast as shipping can get it there.

The Venue…
At the Drake, we primarily work with shorter lead times, and afford much more flexibility in dates than traditional wedding venues that book out years in advance. Consider off-peak dates if you’re keen on a certain month/season as chances are there will be at least a few Saturdays and definitely dates on Fridays/Sundays left for the taking!

The Invites…
Next up – get your key people marking your wedding date in their calendar! No need for a save the date - fire away with a formal invite or e-vite and get excited for those RSVPs to flow in.

The Vendors…
Photographer, officiant, DJ, Floral – you name it – we’ve got a contact for you to reach out to. If you have a particular preference for a particular vendor – reach out to them first to see if you can match up their availability with the venue availability, or again just consider booking on an off-peak date to up the odds of your top choice being available.

The Planning…
If you’re not into DIY, hire yourself a wedding planner to manage those fine details in making your vision come to life. You can select a 3-month, 1-month or day-of planning service to suit your preferences + budget. The Drake also offers full-service day-of coordination to take the stress off and ensure a flawless execution of your carefully curated plans. We can also recommend planners from our roster of preferred vendors who we love, and who love our space, to make for a seamless process leading up to the main event!

Final Touches…
With a quick chat over menu + bar scenarios you’ll have put the final details in place! Before you know it, you’ll have pulled off the most perfect mix of music, décor + menu offerings – with time to spare!

Already got the ring? Give us a ring and we'll take care of the rest. Kathleen can be contacted by phone at 416.966.9155 x244 or by email at kathleen@thedrake.ca.


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