Top tips for planning a picturesque last minute wedding

Don’t shy away from the thought of planning a last minute wedding, they are just as spectacular and romantic. Although it may seem the norm to spend months or even years planning a wedding, this simply need not be the case – especially as our lifestyles continue to get busier and busier. Last minute weddings are the perfect opportunity to marry the one you love without a moment to spare. Here at The Cheltenham Park Hotel we have years of expertise in planning and hosting late availability weddings and have created our top tips for planning the perfect last minute wedding.

The word ‘last minute’ often installs panic and fear into couples, as they envisage a stressful few weeks of mayhem. But there is no need to panic, these tips will help you ease into the planning process, reduce your anxiety, ensure everything has been accounted for, and even factor in plenty of time for you to enjoy the experience.

Outline a clear budget
Don’t let the short notice pressurise you to overspend. We always recommend the first step of the planning process should be to outline a clear budget. Our dedicated wedding co-ordinators can advise you on what to focus your budget on in the remaining timeframe. If you are using external suppliers, try and negotiate special rates with them for a quicker turn-around.

Inform your guests
As soon as you finalise a date with a venue it is important to spread the message to your guests, particularly if the wedding is a matter of weeks away. Save time by using social media or e-mail to let your guests know the date and details of the wedding – there are lots of excellent e-invitation companies out there too which are fantastic for last minute weddings. Facebook groups are also great way are communicating to a large group and allow you to quickly and easily view the number of RSVPs, but remember grandma and other elderly relatives may not be so active on social media.

Wedding attire

With various wedding boutiques and retailers adorning the high street, wedding dress shopping is much more flexible than it once was and dresses can be ordered and fitted in short notice. Online stockists are becoming increasingly popular and should be another option to consider, as they often offer short delivery periods. These are also applicable for groom’s, bridesmaid and usher outfits. You can even buy your wedding dress from Asos with next day delivery.

The legal part
Couples often forget there is legal documentation which needs to be filed in order for you to tie the knot. In England and Wales, 28 days’ notice must be given to the Register Office before the marriage can take place. The basic ceremony documentation needs to be given to the venue at least one week before the wedding.

The finer details
Don’t spend too much time worrying about the finishing touches, less is often more when it comes to decorations. If you do have some time leftover, rally together a team of friends and family to help you make any centerpieces, decorations, signs and favours ready for the big day. This could also save you a large chunk of money compared to purchasing ready-made items.

So there we have it, getting married last minute is definitely achievable and can even be a stress-free experience if you take our top tips into account. As one of the top wedding venues in Cheltenham, our team of wedding specialists are here to offer couples a helping hand when planning to start their married lives sooner rather than later.

For further information about our late availability packages please call 01242 229293 for up-to-date availability.