How long did it take you to plan everything for the big day?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Ninteenthchance:  I got engaged at the very end of July, and I have all of my vendors booked. BUT, my wedding isn’t a year away, it’s 6 months away!

We looked at venues the week after we got engaged and put a deposit on one 2 days after we looked.  But it’s a crazy busy wedding time where I live, so we were freaking out that we might not find a place available!

My bride style is to not overthink everything. If I like something and get a good feeling about the people, I book it.  I try not to second guess everything. I’ve seen too many brides that have totally lost the fun or happiness about this time, and I’m doing everything I can not to do that.  For what it’s worth, my fiance and I have not gotten into a single argument about wedding planning, or really about anything since we got engaged. Yay!

Post # 4
752 posts
Busy bee

@Ninteenthchance:  I got everything together in about 5ish months.  Got engaged on Christmas Eve, began planning late January, married in June.  It can definitely be done!  

I’ll add that while we invited about 130 ppl, it wasn’t a super fancy wedding – our ceremony venue was a church that basically needed no decorations, and our reception was in a hotel for which we just did a package deal.  Photographer, dj, flowers and cake were the only other things to line up, which didn’t take long.    

Also, neither I nor DH is a picky person – we didn’t “interview” photogs or see a million different venues.  I think that helps keep the planning period shorter and less stressful.  

Post # 5
1243 posts
Bumble bee

Married 2 weeks today.

Photographer: booked in january

DJ: won his services in January

Ceremony venue: booked last november

Reception venue: booked last september

Officiant: found him at the start of August

Decorator: end of July

Florist: 1 month before the wedding, though spoke to him last November

Caterer: mid-august

Cake: 2 weeks before the wedding

Invites: found and ordered 7 weeks before the wedding, received and mailed 5 weeks before the wedding

Dress: septeber 2013

Veils: 2 weeks before (I don’t recommend this, i lucked out they had what I wanted in stock, but usually they have to order)

MUA/Hair: 3 weeks before the wedding


I had started to do most of this in February, but we had a whole lot of bad crap happen to us starting Feb 27, so it all got put on the back burner until mid-July.

One should be careful about doing too much, too soon.  Some things like venues have to be secured early, however life happens, vendors go out of business, etc and you can very easily find yourself having to scramble to do things you thought you had already done.  It was stressful doing so much in such a short period of time (but a good stress, to be honest), however I would prefer that to having to re-do stuff I thought I had done.

Post # 6
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Within about 5-6 months we had all the major stuff ready. But we had picked a date 2 years away so there was no rush. 

Post # 7
2174 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I got engaged in December, didn’t start a lick of planning until the end of May, and we were married mid-November. I wouldn’t say I ever felt stressed or crunched for time.

Post # 8
4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

We had the majority of things decided within 6 months – dress, venue, DJ, food, etc. After that it is all details, plus a few other bigger items, like cake and invitations.

I’m really happy I have a year total though. I’d be stressed if I had less time.

Post # 9
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Engaged in August of 2011

Booked venue in September, 2011

Gown purchased in January, 2012

All vendors were booked by June, 2013

All wedding related items including BM/GM gifts ordered and received by August, 2013

Wedding, October 2013


I started VERY early because I wanted to take it slow and make sure I stayed on top of everything because I know that I don’t have the best performance when I start to get overbooked and anxious.

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