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Planning a short notice wedding

Updated: Feb 2


Bride and groom kissing outside of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton

Image Via Lisa Jane Photo


In an ideal world, it is recommended to book your wedding suppliers as early as possible to ensure you get the vendors you want on your desired wedding date.


Most Popular Wedding Vendors and When To Book Them


Popular wedding vendors such as photographers, caterers, and venues can book up quickly, especially during peak wedding season. It is recommended to book these vendors at least 9-12 months in advance. However, if you have a shorter engagement period, don't worry! You can still find great vendors by being flexible with your wedding date and considering off-season dates. It's also important to communicate with your vendors regularly to ensure everything is on track leading up to your big day.


How to Plan Short-lead Weddings


Last-minute weddings can be stressful, but they can also be beautiful and memorable. When planning a last-minute wedding, it's important to be flexible and open-minded. You may need to be creative with your venue and vendor choices, but with some effort and research, you can still have a wonderful wedding day.


Some things to expect for last-minute weddings include limited availability of popular vendors and venues, higher costs for certain services, and a shorter planning timeline. However, there are many resources available to help with last-minute wedding planning, such as checklists and tips for prioritizing tasks. You can download my Wedding Planning Calendar Checklist (bottom of the page) which lists everything you need to think of for your wedding.


Consider these five points to make the short-lead wedding planning process easier:

  1. Prioritize: Make a list of the most important tasks that need to be done and prioritize them. This will help you focus on the most important things first.

  2. Be flexible: Be open to different options for venues, vendors, and other wedding details. Being flexible can help you find options that are available on short notice.

  3. Ask for help: Don't be afraid to ask for help from family and friends. They can assist with tasks such as making decorations, addressing invitations, or picking up wedding items.

  4. Use online resources: There are many online resources available for last-minute wedding planning, such as checklists, timelines, and budget calculators.

  5. Hire a wedding planner: If you have the budget, consider hiring a wedding planner to help with last-minute details. They have experience and connections in the wedding industry, which can make the planning process easier and less stressful. They will know how to do this quickly and efficiently (yes, I've helped plan quite a few last-minute weddings as short as two months lead time, very successfully.)

Remember to stay calm and enjoy the process, even if it is a bit rushed. With some effort and creativity, you can still have a beautiful and memorable wedding day.


If you need help planning a short-lead wedding, get in touch as soon as possible to check if we have availability by filling out our 'Let's Talk' form here.

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