(Closed) Is is possible to plan a wedding in 4 months??

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
5011 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
417 posts
Helper bee

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
2584 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@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
8 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011


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

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