Post # 1
I got engaged a few weeks ago. My FH and I are planning to move from CT to Chicago this summer, but want to get married here to be near our friends and his family. We’re hoping to do the fall so it’s not too far removed from our leaving.
Are we craxy? I feel like every venue I’ve contacted is booked and thinks it’s strange. It’s 9 months away, why is it this difficult!
side note: any CT brides have non-bridal factory venue recommendations?
Post # 3
@Tishfish: it really depends on how big of a wedding you want. If it will be fairly small, I don’t think it’s impossible! Just dress shop in about a month or two
Post # 4
@Tishfish: Not crazy at all! A friend was engaed last March, and planned her wedding for the following October. You can do it, but start looking for that dress ASAP!
Post # 5
I jumped right on the dress shopping. Have a possible one, but going to another shop with my mom this weekend.
Its hoing ing to be about 140 people, so not super small. I’m the only daughter and the first to get married, and my FH has a largish Itakuan family…
We talked about moving it to the spring, but it just doesn’t feel right. I feel it will be difficult to plan things if I’m in another state.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
I hope not! We got engaged at Christmas and are planning our wedding for June 21st!
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park
@Tishfish: I got married at the Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park. It is right on the water and holds 200-300 people, but is also perfect for a smaller wedding (I had 50 people)
Post # 8
@Tishfish: 9 months is plenty of time. There are brides out there that just got engaged and they are planning a June/July wedding!
Post # 9
I think it’s totally doable. We got engaged in November and got married in June wtih an exactly 7 month engagement. I also planned it from 5 hours away.
Post # 10
I had a friend get engaged in March and have a fairly large wedding that November, and I got engaged March 19 and married August 3 last year! Just be prepared to look at some non-traditional venues, its totally doable!
Post # 11
@Tishfish: Umm i only have like a couple months until my wedding and I STILL dont have all my vendor contracts LOL…
U can def do it in 8 months, I am finishing everything up now..
Just breathe and dont let the wedding pressure freak you out…
People put way too much into weddings, its one day and its gonna go by so fast…so fast..
Make a day of DREAM schedule from when you are getting your hair done to the end of your exit after the wedding, hour by hour and u will see how fast the day will go
It really helps put everything in perspective:)
Post # 12
Rocky Neck would be far from us… My church is in Avon, but would be willing to marry in Hartford or Litchfield (families belong to churches here). We want a reception site fairly close since my family will be coming in from Chicago.
Already looked at Webb barn, pavilions at crystal lake and Barns at Wesleyan hill. All not available when we want it :/
We we want something unique, but not a place that will involve too much coordination of different vendors. That’s where the difficulty lies!
Post # 13
I know a couple who got engaged in Feb and married (on the other side of the country) in October.
Post # 14
@Tishfish: You picked Fall – the busiest wedding season and you’re going to have it in a bigger city. Haha – you’re not crazy but you’d be better off with a winter wedding in January or February if you’re concerned with vendor availability.
It can be done but know that Fall is when the majority of weddings take place, where everyone wants something a bit unique. It can be done but it could get complicated. Just be creative!
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn
You can definitely do it! I got married in southen CT and lived in Boston and London for part of my wedding planning time. You’ll just have to do a lot of correspondence by email and meet people before you leave for Chicago (or book trips back and see a bunch of vendors at once). The only time it was a pain for me was in scheduling my dress fittings (thankfully the salon was flexible with me!).
Have you looked at the Society Room in Hartford? I had a friend get married there a couple years ago and it was beautiful. Sorry I’m not familiar with other sites near where you’re looking.
Post # 16
@Tishfish: absolutely doable. more than doable! the whole wedding industrial complex makes us think we need 18 month long engagements i dunno why, so we buy more crap while we wait? before i got engaged i thought 9 months would be the perfect length for an engagement. anyway, we originally planned our wedding for december, and in one day my dad (bless him) was able to call all our vendors and get them to switch our deposits to a september saturday instead when we found out there was a new opening at our church. this was like 2-3 weeks ago. the photographer & dj (who we had in mind, but hadnt yet booked for the original date) were not available for the september date, but we have since booked really highly rated people for both of those vendors.
i’m not from connecticut but since i am procrastinating studying, i googled: