Saved by the Bell: Planning a Last-Minute Wedding
Spontaneous events have something charming to them and if you’re looking to throw a spectacular wedding as soon as possible, then it’s best to get started. These few ideas will help you organize a beautiful wedding day in a limited time-frame.
Take a Trip
Taking a trip at this moment might seem a bit ridiculous, but with the limited amount of time you have on your hands, why not simply abandon the traditional norms and do something out of the ordinary? Haven’t you ever seen the films where two young lovers decide to elope and take an adventure of their lifetime? There’s just something romantic about taking the risk and doing something impulsive and unplanned. That’s a great way to add the element of surprise to your big day, as well as create a memorable story to tell your children.
Create a Budget and a Checklist
Whether you’ve decided to elope or plan your wedding somewhere familiar, it’ll be necessary to do some serious planning. Your financial situation considerably determines the overall outcome of your big day, so it’s crucial to create a detailed budget plan in order to know just how big or small your wedding will actually be. It’s also important to list all the things you need to do prior to the wedding and prioritize them by urgency. This will give you the chance to keep everything in order and make some changes if necessary.
Book a Venue
After you’ve compiled a budget and a to-do list, the first thing you’ll want to do is book a venue. The reason why this is so important is because good venues are usually booked months in advance and if you wish to end up with anything decent, you’ll need to act fast. Ask friends and acquaintances to recommend a good location or simply opt for something different and organize your wedding in a botanical garden, on a beautiful beach or even in your own backyard. It’s also good to keep in mind that even if you decide to throw the wedding at someone’s personal residence, you’ll probably need to acquire certain permits from the city.
One of the most important things by far is to try and be realistic about the whole process. Planning a wedding is an extensive and lengthy process and planning a wedding in a short period of time can easily get out of control. In order to avoid potential obstacles and problems during your preparatory actions, remember the big picture and try to minimize the amount of unnecessary details. A horse-drawn carriage and white doves surely add to a beautiful atmosphere, but it’s probably best to focus your mind on the essential things, like the venue, gown and guests.
Ask for Help
No matter how competent and efficient you are, don’t be afraid to seek help once you get stuck. Planning a wedding on such a short notice will require as much help as possible, so employ your closest friends and family members to help you with the preparations. Delegate the tasks and assign the roles; that way, you’ll have a person who’ll manage the catering, make the food, rent a mobile coolroom to keep the refreshments cool; a person to make decorations; someone to handle the guests etc.
Ah…how time flies when you’re young and in love. In that state of constant pink haze, it’s quite possible to lose track of time and until you know it, months have passed by and you still don’t have the final draft for your big day. This certainly isn’t a reason to panic, though; last-minute weddings can be utterly romantic and lovely, and the limited amount of time only gives you more room for improvisation.