According to, today’s average engagement is 15 months. So, when Boca residents Anna Grudzinska and Tommy LaSalle set their wedding date for 10 months after their engagement, time wasn’t on their side.

But they didn’t sweat it. Grudzinska advises that couples utilize every resource at their disposal, and that starts with planners.

Grudzinska and LaSalle chose the Boca Raton Resort & Club for their May 2013 wedding, with 125 people, because “it’s not only beautiful and elegant but on the water,” she says. “Tommy loves boating and fishing, so it added to the appeal.”

Another factor was wedding planner Jillian Stevens, Grudzinska says: “I picked the venue because she came with it! She was amazing to work with.”

Check out a Q&A with Stevens here.

Grudzinska highly recommends planners, as they have connections with area vendors and help avoid lengthy research. For remaining tasks, Grudzinska suggests prioritizing by what means the most to bride and groom.

“Allow the groom to help out with responsibilities that are important to him,” she says. “For example, Tommy is a picky eater, so he was in charge of food.”

The couple should also consider their skill sets, Grudzinska says: “Being a graphic designer helped with some of the wedding costs. I designed our save the dates, invitations, menus and place cards.”

Surprisingly, on the big day, both Grudzinska and LaSalle were cool as cucumbers, she says: “We knew we were in good hands. Jillian said to remember that, if something goes wrong, no one will notice—and she was right.”