What’s the quickest way to get married in the UK?
After almost a year of ever-changing Covid restrictions, you will be forgiven for dreading the stress of having to replan your perfect day. Maybe you just want to get on with it now and dream of finally being married. As a new bride, you may be keen to eliminate the risk of having a more traditional large wedding postponed or cancelled. A simple but meaningful quick wedding may just be the ticket for you. Wedding planning isn’t necessarily fun for everyone and can sometimes turn into a stressful and time-consuming chore. Whether you are considering a change to your originally somewhat more elaborate wedding plans or you just want to take the stress out of wedding planning, here’s how to plan a simple wedding quickly in the UK.
1. Getting married in the UK quickly isn’t for everyone
And that’s totally fine! And to plan a wedding in less than 3 months and be really happy with the outcome of your wedding day takes a certain type of bride. You need to be quite decisive! There’s simply no time to sit back and deliberate your options. You need to know what you want and quickly decide on your wedding must-haves. And make sure your partner is on the same page as you when it comes to planning a wedding quickly. It definitely helps with short notice wedding planning or planning an elopement style wedding.
2. Start by setting the date for your quick marriage
Are you considering planning a cheap wedding in 30 days? It only takes 28 days to give notice to the Register Office before marriage can take place in England and Wales; different rules apply to Scotland and Ireland where you can get legally married anywhere you like. As for England and Wales, you’ll both need to reside in one of those countries for at least 7 days prior to giving notice. Your notice is valid for 12 months and is really just a signed legal statement. It must include where the wedding will take place. So pick your wedding location first and bear in mind that your civil ceremony can be at a register office or any venue approved by the local council. Next, check that your date is available. Then give notice which involves a small fee of £46 per person at a register office, costs at other approved premises may vary. Et voila – you’re good to go!
Planning a quick wedding in the UK
Think about what you’d really like to do on your simple but meaningful wedding or elopement day. If you don’t fancy booking a venue – a quick intimate elopement could be perfect for you! Read my Ultimate Snowdonia Elopement Guide for more info on how to elope anywhere in the UK. Elopements are perfect for those looking for wedding packages under £2000 in Wales for instance. Or for those worrying that they may not be able to book their dream wedding venue at such short notice. If you’re wondering how to plan a simple wedding quickly in the UK or want to plan a wedding in a month, consider having your wedding on a weekday for more flexibility with dates. And if it’s important to you that friends and family members can join you on your short-notice wedding day – make sure that everyone can get the time off before you set a date.
3. Wedding planning on a budget
Set a budget for your simple wedding plans and try to stick to it! You could look into last-minute wedding packages if you want to get married quickly and simply and if you do so in Wales – epic scenery guaranteed! Keeping the guest list small is one of the cheapest ways to get married in the UK. To keep costs down even further maybe consider a Just Us Wedding. It’s basically a weekend getaway package just for the couple getting married. Say yes to the bargain dress if you’re wondering how do you plan a wedding on a £1,000 budget. Etsy and the likes are perfect for finding a bargain! Not sure which one’s right for you – here’s how to pick an elopement wedding dress that’s perfect for you! Support a local bakery by ordering an inexpensive wedding cake. And contact a local florist to make you a super pretty wedding bouquet. Your budget may even stretch to a flower crown as pretty as the one Alice wore on their beautiful Snowdonia Elopement day!
4. Find the right venue for your quick and simple wedding plans
Picking a wedding venue that looks stunning as it is with no need to dress it up could be an inexpensive wedding option. Check out ceremony-only venues such as The Gwenfrewi Project in Gwytherin or Penarth Fawr. Located in a beautiful spot in Wales it has a romantic feel and is deeply steeped in history. Getting married in a registry office should also enable you to keep costs down. And there’s absolutely no reason whatsoever why a civil ceremony cannot be romantic, just take a look at Gwydir Castle!
Spend some time personalising your wedding vows. Book one of my elopement photography or half-day wedding photography packages to go with your registry office wedding ceremony in Wales. Spend the afternoon in gorgeous surroundings, that’s what this couple did on their romantic lesbian elopement wedding! Other cheap wedding venue options perfect for weddings on a budget in the UK include your favourite restaurant, a family member’s home, or a stunning Air BnB. Check the official list of approved premises for civil marriages and partnerships in England and Wales and see if one of them takes your fancy.
5. Invite your guests to your simple wedding
Use customisable evites as an environmentally-friendly and inexpensive option for effortless online wedding invitations and RSVP tracking. With designs ranging from elegant and traditional to modern and contemporary, there’s something for everyone. Or spend a couple of hours getting inspired by Pinterest if you fancy printing your own. How about going a bit old school with handwritten invitations? Brilliant for those who love calligraphy or have beautiful handwriting skills. Let people know that for quickly planning a wedding it is important that guests respond within 24 hours after receiving their invitation.
6. Plan what to do on your simple wedding day
Don’t feel pressured into spending a whole lot of money on your wedding day just to please others! Do what makes YOU happy! Book one of these perfect love shacks in North Wales for a beautiful weekend getaway. Sip on champagne in your outdoor hot tub when you arrive. Spend the morning leisurely getting ready together. Book an appointment at a local hair & beauty salon. Or go for a relaxing mini-hike together and do your own make-up – a great way to save some pennies on your inexpensive wedding day! Exchange your personal vows at the registry office or in your ceremony-only venue.
Bring two witnesses with you or find two random strangers. Doesn’t really matter as it’s not about them, it’s all about you! Spend the afternoon on a mini adventure exploring beautiful surroundings. Or head back to your romantic cottage or cabin for some quality time together ;) Take the dogs for a walk and a picnic on the beach. Or head to ZipWorld for an adrenaline rush, anything goes! Book a romantic table for two and go out in your wedding gear for dinner at night. Or have a takeaway delivered and get naked with more champagne in the hot tub! The great thing about planning a simple wedding quickly in the UK is that you have the total freedom to do exactly what YOU like on your wedding day. So go for it!!
How to plan a simple wedding quickly in the UK
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