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How to Plan for a Last-Minute Wedding

Thursday 19, April 2018

How to Plan for a Last-Minute Wedding

Planning a last-minute wedding? How exciting! Let us help with our tick list of things that need to be done before the big day. 

Talk with your other half

This might seem like a very trivial point to make, but it’s probably the most important. You each need to know what style of wedding you want and what your budget is.

Once you have decided on this, both of you will know where you stand, helping decision making. It will keep everything very clear and help with organisation in the lead up to your wedding day.

Choose your bridal party

Your bridal party will consist of Bridesmaids, Ushers and Best Man/Men. You will probably already have an idea of who you want to include in your special day, whether it’s your best friends or family members.

Once you have your list of people, ask them. Some decide that this role isn’t for them, so have some back ups in mind just in case.

Guest list

The great thing about having a last-minute wedding is that you don’t have time to overthink your guest list. Invite the people who you want and make quick decisions on those maybes.

If you have guests coming from abroad, it’s always worth giving them lots of notice so they can book travel and accommodation. It’s sometimes harder for long distance travelers to make it to a last minute wedding, but if you get the invites out ASAP, you can get an idea of numbers early on.

This list will give you an idea on the size wedding you will be planning. Last minute weddings lend themselves to small, more intimate affairs. Larger weddings can be planned in a short space of time, if you are very organised.

Decide on a venue

Pick out a list of venues that you like and check them for availability. It is better to have an open mind on days/dates, so you have a wider selection to choose from when it comes to booking.

Mid-week weddings generally have more availability, so it’s worth talking to our team about what dates we have coming up during your time frame. These dates always come with fantastic priced collections, leaving you some extra wedding budget for the finer details.

When picking a venue, it’s best to keep in mind your guest list, to make sure they have the right size rooms to suit your wedding.

Book venue

Once you have decided on your desired wedding venue, and confirmed availability it’s now time to book.

This is the perfect time to go through their list of preferred suppliers.

Here at Woodhall Manor, we have a list of all the suppliers you need to plan your wedding. We can help advice on everything from flowers to entertainment, wedding stationary to your wedding cake.

Simply go through and check availability for your favourites from our list and get them booked. The great thing with last-minute weddings is that there maybe a cheeky deal to be enjoyed!

Most Importantly…

When it comes to planning a wedding, the main real time restrictive tasks you need to adhere to is booking your registrar and meeting with your wedding planner for a final planning meeting.


If you decide to go with a registrar, we would suggest this being the first thing you do after you’ve booked your venue. ‘Minimum time-frame would be 4 weeks before the wedding, however you risk them not being available. If this isn’t for you, you can book a Celebrant. This won’t make your wedding legal, but this can be done at a registry office after/or before the wedding day.



Get those invites designed and sent out. The quicker they go, the quicker you can get together your final numbers.

Many couples are now choosing to go paperless for their weddings. They are quick, easy, affordable and great for the environment. You can find many templates online, which helps put together your guest list and sends out via email.

If you have older guests attending, it might be worth sending them a paper version if they aren’t very technically minded.

Final numbers for wedding

Gather together your final numbers, you may have to chase a few that haven’t replied. Once you have done this, you can check for any dietary requirements to hand over to your caterers.

FINAL PLANNING MEETING – 4 weeks to go! 

Meet with your wedding coordinator and update them with your final plans for your wedding day.

This is a great time to let them know final numbers and of any personal touches required.

Wedding dress

Each bride is different when it comes to their wedding dress. Some choose to book dress trials with Wedding Dress shops and have a glass of fizz with their nearest and dearest. Others go for high street stores.

Online wedding dress shopping has started to be come very popular, with the hottest online stores such as ASOS offering a gorgeous array of wedding dresses.

Remember to leave time for fittings, in case any adjustments are needed.

Suits for Groom/ Best Man/FOB

Like the buying process of the wedding dress, there are so many ways to choose your wedding suits.

To make the process quicker, high street stores might be the way forward. You can try on the suit there and then to get an idea on size and most suit retailers will adjust to fit.

Bridesmaid dresses

Choosing your bridesmaid dresses is so much simpler than it ever used to be. Many retailers now offer their own range of bridesmaid dresses giving you plenty of options to buy online or in store.

Get an idea of the colour you would like them to wear and maybe get your Maid of Honour to help with dress shopping. Scour the likes of Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration on colour schemes and wedding themes.

This is a nice way of taking some time out of planning to get together, enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine and decide on the dress before ordering.

Hen party/Stag do/Stent Party

Obviously, this can be done at any time in the lead up to the wedding. It’s great for taking some time out of planning to let your hair down and enjoy your time with some of your favourite people.

Personal touches

It maybe a last-minute wedding, but don’t let that distract you from the little details that make this day special to you. Keep in mind of any decorative influences and tweaks that keep your personalities shining throughout your big day.


Decide who you want to make speeches during your reception and let them know, so they have time to write something special.

Generally, it’s the Groom, Best Man and Father of the Bride who take center stage at this point, but weddings are evolving, and you may decide you want to hear from other members of the party. The Bride may even want to step back from tradition and say some words.

That’s right, it’s time to breathe. Everything is planned, you’re prepped and it’s time to marry your wonderful other half.

Enjoy your day and remember to take time to take it all in, so you remember those magical moments that make your special day, extra special.


That’s right, it’s time to breathe. Last minute weddings really can add some spontaneity and zest to your wedding day, but they can also feel like a total whirlwind. So take a few moments to relax. Everything is planned, you’re prepped and it’s time to marry your wonderful other half.

Enjoy your day and remember to take time to take it all in, so you remember those magical moments that make your special day, extra special.

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Fancy booking a last-minute wedding? Give our wedding team a call on 01394 411 288 or email on to go through availability and options for your wedding day.


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