How to have your dream wedding, even if you’re short on time

Recent news revealed that during a typical engagement, couples spend up to 300 hours planning their weddings. With this in mind, there’s no doubt that organising your big day is more like a full-time job than a fun and frivolous milestone in your relationship journey so far.

If you don’t have between 10 and 18 months to enjoy that just engaged feeling and plan your wedding at your pace, don’t panic. Planning your dream wedding, even if you’re short on time, is possible with the support of our Personal Wedding Managers.

Be open minded about dates

One huge sticking point when organising a wedding quickly is whether your dream venue is available. The selection of the date that you’ll say “I do” is generally something that requires a lot of thought.

Most engaged couples choose to marry on a date of significance. The date you first met, the date your parents or grandparents got married or the date that the fateful question was popped are all reasons why a particular date may be of importance.

If you already have your heart set on a particular venue and the date you had in mind isn’t available, your plan to wed quickly could be put on hold. Being open minded about wedding dates could save more than time as Bridal Guide explains:

“If you can be flexible with your date and choose an off-season month, you’ll often be able to secure the venue of your dreams at a lower rate. For example, you’d likely pay less for a Friday wedding in February than you would for a Saturday in June. Time of year, day of the week, and your engagement length will all impact your negotiating leverage with vendors.”

Opting for a particular time of year or season will ensure venue availability is on your side even if time isn’t. Choosing an out-of-season wedding date can also mean better availability and lower costs.

Celebrate at just one venue

Celebrating your ceremony and reception in just one venue is another great tip for those looking to simplify wedding planning.

By choosing one venue, you don’t have to worry about coordinating dates or times between two different sites.

Here at Gosfield Hall, our house and grounds provide the perfect place to spend your entire wedding day. We provide beautiful ceremony choices both inside and out. These include our elegant Queen Charlotte gallery, stunning Grand Salon, and inner courtyard.

Give guests plenty of notice

Save the dates are generally sent out to guests between six and 12 months before the wedding. Whilst formal invites are given to guests 6 to 8 weeks in advance or ideally 12 weeks before the wedding date. With a shotgun wedding, you may have to skip the save the dates, which makes when you send the wedding invitations out crucial.

Whether you’re still going big with your wedding or keeping things intimate with a trimmed down guest list, be sure to give your guests plenty of notice. Inform guests as soon as you have the basics, like the wedding venue, booked.

Don’t do it yourself

Making your own personal and unique mark on every aspect of your wedding day is what makes the celebration extra special. But if time is of the essence, you don’t have to waste time doing all of this yourself.

By drafting in professional help to add these DIY touches to your special day, you can still achieve a theme, look and atmosphere that is personal to you both.

By hiring a professional who handcrafts for a living, you can tick these hugely personalised to-dos off your list without lifting a finger and save tons of time in the process. From your tailor-made wedding invitations to the interactive wedding elements that will make all the difference to guest experience on the day itself, you can have it all!

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