How to Plan the Perfect Whirlwind Wedding

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If you’re thinking of a short-notice wedding in 2014 look no further. Here at Inglewood Manor we’ve created a number of fabulous short notice wedding packages especially designed for those couples who have decided they simply can’t wait to get married. Inglewood Manor offers the most superb package for short notice weddings.

The whirlwind wedding packages starts from just £3,995.00 making the happy couple some great savings, what better excuse do you need to tie the knot?

We’ve put together some top tips to ensure your whirlwind wedding runs smoothly without a hitch (the only thing getting hitched will be the happy couple).

Follow these simple tips to help arrange your short-notice, great value wedding day ….

When a couple decides “at the last minute” to get married, it often means they do not have a large budget, as they haven’t had the time to save up.  A more modest budget can still fund the most beautiful of days, however, as long as you are prepared to be a little more flexible about some of your key decisions (just don’t try to accommodate a guest list of 400, with the guards marching band thrown in!).

If you keep the guest count low and plan a simple and elegant event, you’ll have memories to cherish forever AND some money left in the bank!

The key is deciding what is important to you both as a couple? Do you want something simple and relaxed, or do you want the full “Wedding Day” treatment? Both can be done with small budgets and short notice, but you must be organized and flexible.

Low Budget and Short Notice Wedding Can Still Be Beautiful

Becoming engaged and picking a wedding date can be one of the most beautiful experiences of your life. Choosing a date that is not that far off should add to the excitement rather than causing additional stress and anxiety. Take heart! You can have a beautiful wedding at short notice and without a lot of money if you are willing to be flexible!

Call your preferred venue straight away. Bear in mind that even gorgeous venues like Inglewood Manor have great value short notice wedding packages, as long as you are prepared to be a little more flexible about the day of your wedding.  Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holidays are becoming increasingly popular – so double check if there are any available in your preferred month.

With not much time to plan and run around, you may also want to find an all-in-one location. Many venues (Inglewood Manor included) are licensed for Civil Ceremonies, which eliminates many additional worries and costs. You need less transportation, you don’t have to decorate two places, you don’t have to find caterers because they’re included – those kinds of things.

Keep a list of everything you need to arrange. Decide which ones are essential to realize your dreams, and which are optional. Assign a realistic price estimate for each item. If the first supplier can’t give it to you for that price, then find another. Start with the most expensive items. If you can save on these, then you have more left over for other things that may be slightly more than you anticipated. Consider a formal evening gown instead of a “Wedding Dress” or look at hiring a dress or even borrowing if you have friends with extensive wardrobes!

Choose flowers that are in season during the month of your ceremony; nothing too exotic and look at lots of lovely foliage to reduce the florists bill. Many florists have pre-set wedding packages, but you are not confined to those. Ask for the colours you want in flowers, but price out different blooms with a friendly flower shop assistant. Not every bouquet needs to be made up of roses and other expensive blossoms. The florist will consult with you and you’ll be pleased with the results. Single flowers for the ladies to hold and simple boutonnieres for the men keep costs down. You will find simple corsages can also be affordable for Mothers and Grandmothers too, so there is no need to eliminate the lovely moments just because you are on a budget! You can also get creative with the table centres – often a few well chosen blooms in a goldfish bowl can look just as elegant as large central arrangement, and florists often have silk flower arrangements that are less expensive as they can be used more than once.

Do your own make-up or have your favourite hair stylist do your hair and makeup. Find family members to drive you around on the day.

Take the basic photo option from a photographer. You will want photos, so really try to work this into your budget. Supplement the basic purchased package with friends and family who have cameras. With all the digital cameras out there now, arrange for a website that posts the photos for free and tell all your guests about it so they can send the photos to you for upload. That way, if there are any you love, you can print them at a low cost later.

Ask the members of your Wedding Party to pay for their own outfits as a gift to you and your fiancé instead of presenting you with a gift they purchased. (Do try to get dresses for the ladies at a proper dress shop that they can actually use later).

Ask lots of questions! You are paying people to provide a service for you, so do not be reluctant to make them work for it. If you want something for a lower price, ask them if it’s possible! If you are unclear about something, make them explain. If you don’t like something, say so. This is YOUR wedding, not theirs.

Do not be nervous! Enjoy it! You will only be able to plan and execute your own Wedding once in your life, so make it wonderful – even if it is short!


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