Post # 1
I am contemplating finally starting the wedding planning process, as I am pretty set on getting married on our dating AND engagement anniversary, for the perfect 3.
This date is 19th January, which falls on a sunday next year (2014) which would be perfect. If we wait and dont do it next January, it will not be until 19th January 2019 when the date next falls on a weekend day. (That date would be amazing too but im not willing to wait 6 years!)
That means I would have 254 days or just over 8 months to plan this wedding.
I am currently studying fulltime doing distance education to achieve a diploma in Management, as well as working fulltime as the accounts/receptionist/secretary at a law firm. In addition to those things, we just brought our first home 4 weeks ago!
Life is extremely busy, but I want more than anything to be married to my best friend.
We both want a simple, vintage-themed garden wedding and we live in a smallish town so I dont presume things would be booked out that far in advance.
Bees currently planning their wedding, or who are already done with that process, do you think I have enough time to pull this together? I would hate to start and be overwhelmed and put everybody out.
***I understand that planning a wedding around a very specific date may be hard, and I know I could change it but I would just love to make the 3 most special days in my life so far to fall on the same date.
Post # 3
I think that is plenty of time! Lots of people plan weddings in less time than that, so don’t worry! An advantage to your date is its an “off peak” month, so vendors shouldn’t be all booked up the way they are for May-October weddings.
Post # 4
Oh yeah. You’re right on schedule. Get a wedding planner or have a close friend or family member help plan if you’re worried about time
Post # 5
@Kriddlelouise: Yes, yes you can! You can do anything if you want it badly enough 🙂 I’m a full time student and mother. My Fiance travels for work and is gone 7 months out of the year so I have it all to do on my own lol. You just have to learn to take the time when you’re resting or laying around to plan stuff. What I did was got a planner with a notepad in it. I had a venues page, guest list page, decoration page, and etc. And every time I had a day off or time to myself I opened my planner and picked something I would work on for the time that I could and I would jot everything down on the page so I wouldn’t forget. I’m not done planning however, my wedding is in October and I just barely started and I know I will be done planning soon! (my wedding is kind of small tho and will also be taking place in a rose garden with about 40 ppl and reception at FI’s parents house.) Even on my only day off I knew I just had to sit down in front of the computer with my phone in my hand dialing numbers and start busting it out. You can do it 🙂
Post # 6
@Kriddlelouise: By the way, I also posted a thread on the boards that was asking all October bee’s where they were in their planning because I was getting stressed out that I was behind!! Everyone that wrote back was pretty much in the same part of the planning process as me 🙂 It gave me people to talk to you and get an idea of what needed to be done and I what I still had time to do. Maybe you can post a January 2014 thread!! 🙂 Good luck,
Post # 7
You’re fine! We got engaged on Christmas Day of 2012 and our wedding is September 1st. Figuring out a date was the hardest part – you’ve already got yours! If you can get a venue booked fairly quickly you’ll have plenty of time – you’ll be in great shape. We are in same boat – middle of moving to new home, both busy with demanding careers, etc. if you need help or suggestions – i”m happy to help!
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
You’ll be fine with 8 months. Just plan on losing your Saturdays for awhile. Once you get the big things booked, everything else is just “icing” and it doesn’t have to be perfect. One thing I’ve learned is to not sweat the small stuff… ie. wasting time on Etsy to find the perfect jewelry.
Post # 9
@Kriddlelouise: There is no reason for you to miss your perfect date!!! 8 months is DEFINITELY enough time as long as you book your big things ASAP – book your ceremony + reception venue first. Look online and you can find several 12-month wedding planning timelines – they are all a bit different and usually not very much is on there until the 10-8 month section, which you are still in.
While you are planning, think in terms of things that are limited (a certain space on a certain day, a certain vendor at a certain time) and do those first.
Post # 10
Definitely! I was surprised by how un-stressful wedding planning has been, and it really doesn’t take that much time. I’ve been wedding planning while writing my dissertation, job hunting (flying to interviews), and planning a cross-country move to start a new job 2 months before my wedding!
Post # 11
Totally do-able! Honestly, having too much time just gives you the opportunity to way over-analyze and stress every little detail. As long as you’re able to pick something you want, book it, and just move along, you can totally plan a gorgeous wedding in that amount of time!
Post # 12
@Kriddlelouise: you have plenty of time. i planned our wedding in just 5 months and i was out of the country the entire time.
pick up a good wedding planner and go from there. it would be less stressful for you if you picked a venue that already has the tables, chairs, linens, etc for you. also, one that does the food on site.
just stay focused and don’t overthink your options. good luck and have fun.
Post # 13
- Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand
That’s definitely enough time 🙂 Darling Husband and I legit engaged in June 2011 and within two months had most of our wedding planned/vendors booked as I wanted most things done before starting my final year of law school and I was working/interning. Our weekends were packed for a whole between meeting vendors and my looking at dresses but it was totally doable!
Post # 14
You should be fine with the timeframe. You should have gorgeous weather, summer garden weddings are always nice! I would prioritize booking a venue and photographer first, then dress, everything else should be pretty easy.
Post # 15
You have PLENTY of time. Just start securing the important vendors now and the details will fall into place.
Post # 16
As long as your Fiance is active in the wedding planning process, I think you’ll be fine.
When we get married, we’ll have been engaged for a little oer 10 months. I spent the first few months just figuring out where in the country to have the wedding, since we’re from different places and live in a city away from our home towns. Sounds like you have a lot of that figured out! So you’re in great shape!