If you’re thinking about booking your wedding for in the next 9 months, you’ll probably find you’re classed as a Last-minute wedding.
Hayne House’s award winning team are on hand to make sure that you don’t have to wait too long to say ‘I Do’ in the perfect setting.
If you and your fiancé:
- simply cannot wait to tie the knot
- can’t bear the prospect of months and months of planning
- find yourself in a position where you need to marry, like now!
- want to make something romantic happen, like yesterday
Then, planning a last-minute wedding is certainly for you!
What tips have you got for planning a wedding in under 9 months?
Based on our experience of hosting last availability weddings at Hayne House here are our handy top tips to help with your planning.
We recommend that you both need to:
- Get into the right mind set: It’s time to make quick (but informed) decisions – if you dilly or dally and aren’t decisive then be honest with yourself, you are going to struggle to make this happen – when planning a last-minute wedding you need to be organised, decisive and enjoy the whirlwind.
- Be level-headed: Whatever your reason for marrying last-minute, one thing is for sure, planning a wedding at the last minute can put you into a bit of a whirlwind and family and friends may get a little stressed when you tell them your plans and timeline, so get ready to field their concerns.
- Always Keep Calm: There is going to be a lot of planning to get through but remember you can definitely achieve it by going with your gut instincts as you are likely to find you will come to the same conclusions you would have done even if you’d spent months deliberating. Ask for wedding help and money instead of wedding gifts
- Be realistic: Hot on the heels of keeping calm there must be a realistic element. One being that the local council (ours being Kent County Council), need 30 days’ notice that you’re getting married. So, make sure if you are planning a last-minute wedding in Kent that once you book your wedding venue you take the absolute first practical step and you book your civil ceremony or partnership (at Hayne House to take the pressure off you we reserve the date)! A minimum of six weeks is a must to organise a last minute. In some cases, it is beneficial to have a mid-week wedding.
- If working and or managing a team: tell your work colleagues immediately what you are planning on doing. Hopefully, that way they will all be excited and sympathetic to your reasons and will be understanding when you “just need to take this call”. If you can book some time off work, maybe the odd day, we would recommend you do, that way you don’t have to solely rely on your evenings and days off to do your WedMin!
- Delegate: If you’re planning on having bridesmaids and/or groomsmen, make a list of tasks they can assist you with, such as collecting items, organising RSVPs or communicating with suppliers.
- Venue: Pick a venue who is less rigid and more flexible in their approach to weddings, so if you want a wedding ceremony at 3pm as your guests e.g. must travel, they can accommodate it. Also, if they have a list of recommended suppliers who are also flexible – you are onto a winner!
Planning the ideal honeymoon
If on top of a last-minute wedding you are planning on booking a honeymoon, at Hayne House we recommend booking your honeymoon sometime after you have finished organising your last-minute wedding. That way you can decide where you would like to go and see what kind of last-minute deals are available without overloading yourself. This also means you don’t have to worry about changing your passport and bank account details etc – they can all be done after your last-minute wedding. However, if you want to mark the occasion, why not book a mini-moon or just jump on a ferry and go to the Isle of Wight, or why not Northern France or Belgium – after all you can drive from Hayne House straight onto the Chanel Tunnel (we are only 26 miles as the fish swim)!