The days where engagements had to last a lifetime are well and truly gone. While many couples still start their wedding planning with years to spare, others choose to leave it until the last minute, giving themselves just a few short months or even weeks. Planning your big day in this way is definitely exciting, but is also stressful (to say the least). The key to success lies in organization and flexibility. With that in mind, here are six tips for planning the perfect last-minute wedding.
1. Write Out A Checklist
With so much to do and so little time to get it all done, no one would blame you for forgetting to book, buy, or organize one wedding essential or another. The trouble is that this is your wedding day and anything that you forget to do could cause big problems. Writing a wedding task checklist will help you to keep track of all that you need to do so that nothing is overlooked.
2. Narrow The Guest List
Before you can begin booking anything, you need to figure out your guest list. After all, the size of the venue, cake, and many other essentials will be determined by how many people attend your big day. Because you’re planning a last-minute wedding, you should try to keep the guest list short. This will make it much easier for you to find vendors and will cut costs at the same time.
3. Choose The Right Day
Most people choose to have their wedding on a Saturday, with Fridays and Thursdays also being very popular choices. For this reason, you’ll find it a lot harder to secure a venue and vendors for these days last minute. Choosing any other day of the week, therefore, would save you a lot of time and hassle. If you can be flexible with the time of the ceremony, that would be a big help too.
4. Start With The Essentials
Everyone looks forward to different things at their wedding. Whether it’s the dress or the cake, you must book your essentials first. This gives you a higher chance of getting what you want. If you’re not entirely sure what that is yet, then take a look at the latest wedding trends. Seeing what other people are doing at their weddings might give you some inspiration for yours.
5. Ask For A Hand
Planning a wedding is far from easy. It requires lots of thought and work, especially at the last minute, which is a lot of pressure for any one person or couple to take on. Thankfully, there are plenty of people around you who might be willing to lend a hand. You could also hire a wedding planner, or simply delegate certain jobs to your closest friends and family members.
6. Expect To Make Sacrifices
If you go into wedding preparations expecting to get exactly what you want, you’re almost certain to be disappointed. With years to plan your big day, you might be more likely to make your vision come to life, but with only just a few months or weeks, there will be one or two things that just aren’t possible. By accepting this before you begin planning, you’ll enjoy your wedding a lot more.
Planning a wedding at the last minute definitely isn’t easy, but the advice above should be able to save you some unnecessary stress.