Tips For Planning a Last-Minute Wedding


It’s no secret that planning a wedding can be stressful. This process takes months, and it can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to planning a last-minute wedding.

After a long interview with a recent couple who planned their wedding in under 1-month due to conflicts with family schedules, we noted some useful tips for planning a last-minute wedding.

Firstly, you have to be strong. Since there are only a few weeks to plan for the big day, there’s no time to sit and think about your options. Below are some tips to help you plan your venue in under 1-month.

Have a budget

Discuss this issue with your partner to determine the amount you are willing to spend. If you can get support from family, reach out to them and set the general costs. 

A budget is a crucial factor as this will help you through the decision-making process. If you don’t have enough resources to lay out a grand wedding, you may still consider going for a small, but perfectly organized event.

Make a checklist

There’s a number of things that need to be taken care of during the planning process. This is one of the reasons why weddings take months to plan. 

However, if you are planning a last-minute wedding, it is best to have a checklist to make sure all activities are dealt with. This will ease the planning process, but remember to begin with the essential elements when you write your list.  

Choose a venue

Merchants are often available on less famous wedding days such as winter, and in the middle of the week. You are more likely to find a venue and vendors who are not yet booked. So, depending on your theme, proceed to select a suitable date for your event.

Write the guestlist

Remember, you are more likely to spend more or less depending on the number of people invited. So, if you are planning to have a low-budget event, consider cutting your guest list to close friends and relatives.

Prepare the party

Compared to the main event, a wedding party should be small, and less formal. Only send your invitations to the few you’re planning to invite to your wedding, and include crucial elements like the venue, and date.

The outfit

Getting a perfect outfit on short notice can be challenging. Consider buying, or renting ready-made outfits since you will get to save on time and money as opposed to customizing your outfit.

Send the invites

In a last-minute wedding plan, you may consider using quicker methods to invite your guests. Other than the common methods such as the use of cards, you may opt for texts, emails, or call every guest on your list.

Locate the vendors

Get the best deals by hiring vendors. You can consider this option if you did not get a wedding planner. This is not an easy task to complete in last-minute plans, but you can conduct thorough research on the internet for available vendors within your area.

Choosing essentials

Unsettled couples often have trouble selecting things like flowers, tables, chairs, or even decorations. Since there is not much time at hand, it will be best to do extra research before you meet your vendor. 

Plan the honeymoon

Honeymoon is a major factor in a wedding. To avoid a last-minute rush, analyze possible options, then arrange for your travel and hotel bookings as soon as possible. Remember to validate your passports on time if you are planning for an overseas vacation.

Have the events’ agenda 

Once you’ve located the vendors, always keep the communication going, and identify their services. The most vital thing to agree on is the time and duration which they should show up to take care of specific tasks. So, list all activities on the agenda, and share them with all your vendors.

Get someone to handle things for you

It’s important to get another person to take care of all activities during the wedding. You might opt to get an event planner or a trustworthy person who’s not on your guest list as this will ensure that you have the best moments with your guests.


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