Regular readers of the Weddings by One Curious Dream wedding blog will know that our team of UK wedding planners usually work with our full/partial planning couples for anywhere between nine months and two years.
However, 2020 has proven to be anything but usual, and as wedding planners, wedding suppliers, wedding venues and couples who are planning their wedding have had their plans turned upside down, it’s time to get a little creative!
Whilst the majority of our 2020 full wedding planning and partial wedding planning couples have now postponed their weddings to 2021, and beyond, we do have a few clients who are still hoping to get married in 2020. As wedding planners, we can’t wait to get back to planning amazing weddings so with the very best endeavours, with working with several couples to see if we can get a wedding past the post this year!
Of course, we know that there’s every possibility any wedding plans made now for 2020 may well still be derailed, but being optimistic (and having a comprehensive plan B!) means we might just make the magic happen and bring some of these weddings to life!
So, if you’re thinking of planning a wedding for 2020, or are hoping to plan your wedding quickly, we’ll be exploring the tasks you need to undertake and the order in which to tackle them in our new series – How to plan a wedding quickly!
First up today, we’re looking at the first wedding planning tasks to tackle if you’re hoping to plan a wedding within a short timescale.
Set a budget
Bit of a no brainer, this one! It’s so important that you chat through your budget in detail and decide from the outset what you want to spend on your wedding. Not having a budget will mean that your plans quickly derail and finances can easily spiral out of control. Be strict with each other!
Start with the venue
Yes, we know you were expecting us to say ‘pick a date’, however, the wedding venues availability will largely dictate the date that you can host your wedding. There are so many online resources that will help you narrow down your wedding venue shortlist (try Hitched, Rock My Wedding and Coco wedding Blog are all good starting points) and once you have a couple in mind, it’s time to arrange viewings.
Many wedding venues are now offering socially-distanced tours, and there are plenty who are also able to provide an online tour if you are a little further afield.
Once you’ve booked your wedding venue, you’ll need to contact the local registrar of faith leader to book in your ceremony. Do be prepared, particularly with registrars, that their wedding ceremony slots to get booked way in advance and you may need to simply accept whatever availability they can offer you.
As a fantastic alternative, there are plenty of wonderful UK wedding celebrants who would work with you to create a wonderfully unique and personal wedding ceremony. They’ll offer complete flexibility with regards to timings and what is included
Source your wedding invitations
When planning a short timescale wedding, you must give your guests enough notice as possible. Choosing an electronic templated invitation from somewhere like Etsy or Papier.com will save you spending money on design fees and will generally mean that these can be turned around quickly as well.
Lots of couples still choose to have a wedding gift list, and you have decided that you would like to receive pressies from your nearest and dearest, now is the time to determine what you would like.
There are lots of different options for wedding gift lists, with anything from a registry list at a department store, right through to using a service like Zankyou. The main point here is that you’ll need this information to include on your wedding invitation.
Find the one!
Yes, it’s time to go dress shopping. Mark this important task as a wedding planning priority – there are some amazing wedding dresses available on the high street at places like Coast, Monsoon and even ASOS, but there’s every possibility that this may need some alternations too, so give yourself plenty of time!
Same goes for suits and bridesmaid dresses, particularly where you might need to gather a group of people together to try outfits on!
In our next UK wedding blog series about planning a short timescale wedding, we’ll be looking at the wedding planning tasks to consider next, including how to book your wedding suppliers.
In the meantime, if you’d like to chat through your wedding plans with our team of UK wedding planners, we’d love to hear from you! You can reach us on 0800 772 0765 or firstname.lastname@example.org