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The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Last Minute Wedding

It’s no secret that planning a wedding is stressful and time-consuming. Some brides and grooms thrive during the time between engagement and marriage, while others dread the stress and planning. Summer dates book up very early in the year, and some venues even have year-long waiting lines to get that perfect summer date! Last minute cancellations can however lead to free dates… But that means less time to plan!

We have composed the ultimate guide to help you plan a last-minute wedding to show you that it can be done and can still be perfect!

Last minute weddings aren’t for everybody

You have to be the right kind of person to plan a wedding in a short time frame.

First and foremost, you have to be decisive and know what you want for your big day! With only a few weeks to plan the big day you don’t have time to sit and think about your options. You have to decide what the must-haves are and how to attain them in a way that suits you. You also need to have a partner who is willing to support you through the intensity of planning. It will be stressful, and your partner must be willing to share the burden with you! Remember, it's 'our' wedding, not 'my' wedding!

Set a clear, itemised budget

Create a clear and detailed budget before you start.

Knowing your budget inside and out will eliminate a lot of back and forth with vendors. Before meeting with venues, florists and suppliers, know how much you want to spend so that you can book on the spot instead of having to go home and think about it. Keeping your budget in mind and using it as a reference point will help when everything is moving so quickly.

Wedding Table at The Arlington

Don't forget to invite your guests!

If you're planning a last minute wedding, you're probably only going to invite the people who really matter to you, as opposed to your cousin's nan's sister's such-and-such... That being said, if you're getting married quite soon after sending out your invites, snail mail might no be the best way to send out invites. Harness the power of the internet!

Social media and email are amazing devices. Creating a group on Facebook allows you to get a rough estimate of guest numbers and allows you to gauge interest. Evites are also amazing, completely customisable to fit your wedding theme, as well as being affordable, quick, and easy. Because they go straight to your guests’ inboxes you can get RSVP’s fast!

Go local and be flexible

Smaller local vendors are the most likely to be available and flexible with times and budgets.

Local caterers, dress shops and florists have better availability; they are supportive, and more willing to work with your timeline. Be open to buying a sample dress, choosing flowers that are readily available, and taking advantage of connections, such as photographer friends. After all, if your wedding looks beautiful, no one's going to know if your flowers cost you £1,600 or £600!

What's more, be flexible on your dates and times. Weddings traditionally take place on a Saturday, but why not consider a weekday wedding? They are often cheaper and more suited to understated, intimate weddings.

Have fun!

Look at your wedding as a party that you just so happens to be on the same day you're getting married! This will help you when you get caught up in little details and will remind you that the most important part of the day is the fact that you’re about to start your new life as a married couple.

Are you looking for a last minute wedding in Essex?

Here at The Arlington Ballroom in Southend-on-Sea, we have lots of opportunities for weddings! Call our events team to find out the dates available!

01702 711350

Wedding at The Arlington Ballroom