If there’s one thing in life that is usually planned several months or even years in advance, it’s a wedding.
Lots of people get engaged but don’t marry for many years. And that’s fine – just as it’s absolutely fine to get married last minute if you feel like it.
Why not? When you know something of this nature is right, it’s best to follow your heart if you’re both 100% into the relationship.
There are no rules about marriage; you can either take your time with the planning or do it within a couple of days – it’s entirely up to you.
However, most of us have seen at least one episode of Don’t Tell The Bride, and therefore we all know how wrong this task can go. However, if you’re worried about how to plan a wedding in 2 weeks, we’ve got some good news.
Thankfully, you’re both in this together, which means you can work as a team to plan your last minute wedding. So, without further ado, here’s our last-minute wedding checklist!
Start with the checklist
You’re reading this blog for a reason – it’s a great checklist to help plan a last-minute church wedding (or registry office affair, if you’d prefer that route). And you know what that means; you need a checklist of your own!
Without a checklist, you’ll inevitably forget some of the most important elements of a successful wedding. For a ‘normal’ wedding, you have more time to double check you haven’t forgotten anything, but when getting married last-minute, time is obviously in short supply.
Sit down with your partner and do a huge brain dump. List as many things as you can think of that will make your wedding day one to remember. Go for everything; the boring stuff (wedding day transport, for example!) and the exciting stuff, whether it’s heading to Google to search for ‘last-minute wedding venues near me’ or finding the ideal ice cream van supplier for your guests to enjoy.
Delve into the research
The best weddings are formed off the back of solid research. And that might sound rather boring – business-like, even – but without research, a wedding might not be as good as it could be.
Look into the logistics of where you want to get married (for instance, do you need minibus hire for guests?). If your last-minute wedding is to take place abroad, for example, you’ll need to spend a significant amount of time double checking everything you’ll need to do paperwork-wise in order to avoid any last-minute disasters.
Do the same with the theme. Unless you have a solid idea of what you want the theme and colour scheme to be, a bit of internet research will provide you with countless moments of inspiration for your own wedding.
This part of the planning is actually far more fun than you might think, so make sure you book time in your personal diary every day to delve deeply into wedding research.
Remember that you can’t please everyone
One of the hardest elements of a last-minute wedding is the fact you will inevitably upset some people.
This stems largely from the fact that not everyone will be able to make your big day if it’s that short notice. Clearly, you want the most important family and friends to be there, which is why there should be some discussions beforehand to ensure there’s a suitable date, but if that date is only thirty days away, not everyone will be able to clear their diaries.
There’s no easy way around this – you have to accept that you’re going to hurt some feelings and possibly put certain people in a bit of a grump. The best way to counteract this is to speak to them individually and explain why you’re getting married last-minute.
Equally, you could plan a separate celebration after the big day for everyone who couldn’t make it (opt for coach hire if it helps them all get somewhere). After all, it’s another excuse to shine the spotlight on the two of you and have yet more good times with the good people in your life.
Ask for advice whenever you need it
When planning a last-minute wedding, you don’t have a huge amount of time on your hands to dilly-dally with decisions.
This can feel a bit restrictive and panic-inducing at times, but whenever you find yourselves heading down that particular cul-de-sac, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Talk to family and friends who have already got married and get their advice – it could be invaluable. And, if you have some money left in the budget, why not spend it on the services of a professional wedding planner? Although sometimes costly, it can be the perfect way to ensure a last-minute wedding goes exactly to plan.
Freak out if you need to
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with bursting into tears during the planning of your last-minute wedding. It’s often far better to do that rather than bottling everything up inside, after all.
You might even feel like you hate your partner momentarily and everyone around you – this is completely normal. Of course, you don’t really hate anyone – it’s just a side effect of planning such an epic event in your life.
Let yourself feel every single feeling that arrives during the planning of your wedding. Once you’ve had that cry or mini tantrum, you’ll feel far better for it and can get on with the task in hand.
A bit like house buying, wedding planning comes with its own list of sacrifices that need to be made.
Unless you’re lucky enough to have a huge budget, you’ll have no choice but to compromise here and there. If something feels too expensive or elaborate, take it off the list.
Remember – you don’t have time on your side here, either. Therefore, assuming you can simply address any big spends after the event is a bad idea; they’ll only come back to haunt you later on.
Whether you were looking for a “planning a wedding in 30 days” checklist or something that will help you get the big day sorted within a week, we hope our list helps.
Most importantly, enjoy your last-minute wedding planning – it’s going to be a huge amount of fun!