Many couples spend months or even years planning their big day but it’s entirely possible to plan a spectacular wedding on short notice. As many events were postponed due to COVID-19, couples are now modifying their plans to adhere to new guidelines.
Of course, this may mean that you don’t have a lot of time to organize your big day. If so, there’s no need to panic. With these savvy tips, you can plan your wedding in weeks and have the special day you’ve always dreamed of…
1. Secure a venue
Choosing a wedding venue is always an important moment in the planning process. Now, it’s going to be even more critical to get it right. With social distancing measures in force, the maximum capacity of venues is likely to be reduced. This means you might need to select a larger venue to accommodate the number of guests you wish to invite.
2. Book professionals
Experienced wedding professionals, such as planners, photographers and DJs, are often booked up months or years in advance. In the current climate, however, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to secure a reputable professional with just weeks to go until your big day. Remember – wedding disco hire often includes photography and MC services, so you could choose a package that ticks a number of boxes to make things simpler.
3. Consider a weekday wedding
Most couples choose to get married on a Saturday or Sunday, but weekday weddings are becoming increasingly popular. Working patterns are vastly different to what they were years ago, so hosting your wedding at the weekend won’t necessarily guarantee that more guests can attend. Furthermore, weekday weddings can be cheaper to host and you may find it easier to secure a venue and professionals.
4. Be flexible
There are always issues to overcome when planning a wedding, no matter how far in advance you start. If you’re organizing your wedding with just weeks to go, it’s inevitable that some options may not be workable. However, a flexible approach will ensure you can create an unforgettable day. When you’re forced to think outside the box, you may consider aspects of the day that you would otherwise have overlooked, so there are advantages to short-term planning.
5. Host a virtual event
With COVID-19 guidelines continuously being updated and threats of local lockdowns, it may be difficult for some guests to attend your wedding in person. Fortunately, modern technology gives you the chance to invite as many people as you like to your big day. Live video streams will allow people from all over the world to watch you tie the knot and you could even have an interactive reception with family and friends taking part virtually!
6. Create a list of priorities
When there are so many things to think about in the run up to your wedding, it’s easy to get stressed and overwhelmed. However, most couples agree that the majority of things they worried about prior to their weddings simply weren’t a big deal on the day. Sit down with your partner and write a list of your top priorities. Focus on getting these features right and modify other aspects to suit your tastes, timescale and budget.
7. Have a DIY wedding
A DIY wedding can be a great idea, even when you’ve months to plan ahead. If you’re working to a tight deadline, however, a DIY wedding can avoid long lead times for products and save you money. Instead of having invites professionally printed, for example, create your own or send digital invites to your guests. Additionally, DIY wedding décor can be prepared well in advance and ensures your decorations will feature a personal touch.
8. Stick to your budget
If you’re desperate to secure a venue or feeling anxious about planning a wedding in a short amount of time, it might be tempting to agree to above average fees. However, blowing your budget will lead to more stress in the long-term. Agree your budget in advance and allocate it to certain things, such as the cost of a venue, wedding attire, decorations, food etc. With endless options available, a spectacular wedding can be created on any budget.
Enjoy Your Big Day
If you’re getting married in the latter part of 2020, there’s a good chance that your wedding day will look a little different to how you originally imagined it would be. However, this doesn’t mean it will be any less magical than an event that’s been planned down to the last detail, years in advance. In fact, only having a few weeks to plan your nuptials can help you to focus on what’s most important and help you to create a wedding that’s perfect for you and your partner.