Post # 1
I live in New Zealand and I heard that a lot of the venues are fully booked out during December-February since that’s our summer time….I was just wondering if I got engaged this month, do you think it’s possible to plan everything for the wedding to go ahead in December or even January 2012 or am I dreaming…? I just don’t have the patience to take a year to plan and things…and we don’t live together and I really can’t wait to live with him!!!
As soon as I get engaged I plan to go to the States to do all my shopping (dress, shoes, accessories and everything I can get…) I checked the price of the dress I want here and its $3200 NZD (probably equals to about $2800 USD) and in the States it’s $1200!! How can that be?!! lol. Will definitely be shopping in the States. I can get very cheap tickets thanks to my future fiancee’s job….I also have another question. Is it possible to buy everything I need in 4-5 days in LA? That’s the destination I’m most likely to be going… Where do I even start to look for shops and things in LA?
Many thanks 🙂
Post # 3
It’s possible, but there are a few things you may have to accept:
- You are unlikely to be able to get a popular venue on a Saturday, you may have to go for a Friday, Sunday or even a Thursday (or pick a less popular/mainstream venue).
- Dresses take 3-6 months to be ordered in, so you may have to buy a sample dress (if the sample fits of the dress you love) or buy from a off the rack bridal range rather than a made to order range.
- If you buy your dress in the States and take it back to NZ, watch out for customs charges. I know you can be hit by charges of over 30% if you bring a dress into the UK and it may be similar for NZ.
- You may also be charged for extra baggage if you do all your shopping in LA.
- You’d have to be a very decisive person to do all shopping in 4-5 days.
I’m not saying that it isn’t doable, but that a very short planning period means that you have to be organised, decisive and willing to compromise.
Post # 4
I’ve planned my wedding in 3 months … and at my favorite (and popular) venue. I booked at the first saturday they had open for me. Just a day before an other bride canceled august 27th… I took it and started planning. I don’t have a big wedding so I had the big picture planned in one week time.
I have the dress of my dreams… a leftover of a collection of 2009.
Post # 5
My SIL planned her wedding in just under 2 months. Like@SpecialSundae: said, you just need to be able to compromise, get a sample dress, go for whichever venue (maybe much less popular than you envisioned), etc.
Totally doable with the right mindset.
Post # 6
Its possible!! My friend is getting married next month and she waited last minute to do everything, She said she works better under pressure anyways so she did get everything done!
Post # 7
@SpecialSundae: This is all great advice.
@azafata: Adding to your need to get a dress quicker than most shops can order it, you could also look around at consignment shops or check local ads to see if anyone is selling. The dresses at the consignment shops I went to were extremely nice and looked new.
But yes, it’s definitely possible. Next weekend I’m attending a wedding, the couple planned it in the last 5 months. They’re getting married on a Sunday afternoon though, and having coffee and socializing in the late afternoon rather than having a dance late at night, so there’s an idea. Though I’m sure it’s possible to find a Saturday night venue too, if you’re persistent.
Post # 8
Yes of course you can. I got engage a couple of weeks ago, had nothing planned beforehand (haven’t been secretly wedding dress/ring shopping for years prior in anticipation) and now have a wedding at the end of November pretty much organised. I’m in Australia so also thought that xmas events and the popular time of year would have everything booked out – but like you I just want to get married, not spend the next 12-24 months planning. I approached the bookings in a flexible way, knowing that as long as I have a priest/celebrant, somewhere to tie the knot and a husband at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what else happens. I’ve never had the dream day fixation in my head so will be happy with my lot regardless.
Make a list of what you need and hit the internet. Send emails to 50 photographers, caterers, venues, musicians with a variety of dates asking if they’re not available to recommend someone else…..and see what date sticks/works the best, once that is firm in the diary you can be more methodical with the ‘to do’ list.
People told me that 4 months is impossible but with a relaxed/flexible approach I managed to work 120hrs last week at my job (crazy) AND luck-in with a photographer that called me back after a cancellation, the caterer could squeeze in one more event on that date, bought a dress off the rack on Saturday morning and took it home same day (no 6 month wait), got a church, reception is in a barn (a proper barn barn, not a function centre barn) but gardens, beaches should also be available. I managed to arrange a Saturday, but as another bee mentioned Friday/Sunday may work better for you. Best of luck, I’m sure you will have an awesome day xx
Post # 9
wow thanks everyone!! I didn’t know so many people got married within 4-6 months of engagement… congratulations!! I feel a lot better now and hope he proposes before September so I have at least those “4-6months” to plan!!! Thanks everyone!!!
The only worry I have is the dress. It says on US websites that if I ordered now it will arrive 26 December…I also need to order it a petite size cuz I am short.. I am 5″3. I have no idea what petite size is but I’m guessing I’d need major dress alterations to make it fit me..
I don’t really mind about the venue,flowers, catering etc…whatever’s available will do. But with the dress it has to be this one: (and i’m worried i’d need to wait just cuz of the dress )