There's just something about wanting to tie the knot at the earliest opportunity that appeals to the softie in me. It could be for all sorts of reasons but whatever the reason, you're going to have to get a few things in place beforehand so that everything runs smoothly.
And the first thing to do is not to panic. Take no notice of all the pessimists who say things like "oh, you'll never find a venue/photographer/dress/florist in time." Take a look at the following tips and it's all do-able and you'll have just the wedding you want.
- As always, set a budget. Don't feel you have to overspend just because you're marrying quickly. It's still important that you only spend what you can afford - so sit down together and work out a budget before you do anything.
- When you set a date, try and get something midweek or earlier. This will open up your options big time - florists, venues, photographers, hairdressers etc. are far less likely to have a booking midweek or on a Monday or Tuesday so you're more likely to get who you want.
- Text, e mail or call everybody to save the date. Don't wait to have save the date cards done.
- Check out sample sales for your dress and look at buying your dress off the peg. You'll save £s and a good dressmaker can alter your dress to be just the way you want it.
- Use the Internet to help you plan your wedding. Order your stationery and wedding favours online. Oh and your entertainment - you can listen to bands on YouTube quite often.
- Ask your venue to suggest local florists, photographers, car hire, caterers. They'll have a list of preferred suppliers and can talk you through each one. It'll save you time doing research yourself but make sure you check out their work for yourself and ask for testimonials.
- Get your wedding cake from a supermarket. Marks & Spencer has some pretty tiered cakes that are ready in just seven days.
- Be open-minded about your wedding shoes. You don't have to wear white or ivory. On a practical level, if you choose gold or metallic shoes they'll not only look pretty but you'll be able to wear them over and over again as they're less 'weddingy' so the cost per wear will go down.
- Try and hold your ceremony and reception at the same place if you're not having a religious service. It'll save you time and make the planning that bit easier.
- Book your photographer as soon as you can. Make sure you see their online portfolio first though so you're sure you like their style.
- Keep an open mind about your flowers and see what the florist suggests. Always try and choose flowers that are in season because a) it's greener b) they'll be less expensive c) there will be more availability!
- Sort your entertainment out soonest. Ask your venue for recommendations and check out string quartets, DJs, bands online.
- Remember you'll need to give at least 16 days' notice if you're having a civil ceremony - you can find out more here.
If you're getting married at the last minute and have any tips to share, please let us know!