If you recently got engaged and just can’t wait to tie the knot, famed party planner Martie Duncan says it’s not too late to plan a summer wedding.
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A summer wedding can be put together in under two months, assures Duncan, who shares many of her expert tips on her website MartieKnowsParties. Duncan’s experience in planning weddings on the fly began when a friend recruited her help not long ago.
"They got engaged on a Saturday and wanted to get married the next Saturday," she recalls. "It wasn’t a joke, and we did it! (It turned out to be) a beautiful, simple but sweet and sentimental family wedding with a seated reception dinner for 30. We even ended with fireworks!"
Contrary to what one might expect, the planning process went rather smoothly. "The reason it was so easy is because the couple had seen my work and knew my style. They trusted me," says Duncan, who gained popularity as the runner up on Season 8 of Food Network Star.
After the couple first approached Duncan for guidance, they agreed to meet to go over details. "We sat down for one planning meeting to discuss what they wanted and what it would cost. Within hours, I had most of it pulled together because I knew what was important to them," she says.
It also helped that Duncan’s friend had already found a farm to serve as the venue for the ceremony and reception. "That made things easy," Duncan says, adding that she made sure the wedding theme reflected the couple’s personalities. "The flowers, decor, food and drinks were all very rustic. A perfect fit for both the setting and their laid-back style."
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