- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
Did anyone plan their wedding while finishing up school? Or while juggling another workload that is similar to finishing college (ex. moving, having a baby, working two jobs, etc)?
My FI and I are getting married late next summer, ideally in early August of 2013, because our ultimate goal is to move from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest by the summer of 2014 and we want to be married by then (this way our families can see us get married before we move across the country! plus we would rather have wedding expenses out of the way before we start saving for the big move!). The one thing I am worried about is the WORKLOAD of everything! Not only am I taking a full 18 hours of coursework this fall in order to graduate on time, but I will be student teaching this spring, which is notoriously a hair-pulling and chaotic experience in itself. Due to budgetary reasons in combination with the fact that I am a DIY-everything/crafty person, I decided to take on as much DIY as I can in planning my wedding, but I’m starting (already) to freak out about getting everything planned while dealing with school.
We have a vintage/rustic theme, if that helps.
What do you think my biggest challenges will be? Are there any projects that will be easier to do myself versus others? Are there things that I should flat out avoid DIYing? I’d love to hear any and all past experiences from other Bees, suggestions, etc. I definitely want to DIY as much of my decor as possible, but I’m really on the fence specifically regarding save the dates/invitations. I’m not sure how easy it would be to do either of the two ALL on my own, or if it even would be cheaper that way, after considering the expenses of card stock, envelopes, ink, etc.
I realize off the bat that I am probably cuckoo bananas for trying to balance so much, but I have always been the type of person who functions better under extreme stress, and again, financially and circumstantially, it would work out best for me if the timing happens this way (with me planning my wedding this upcoming year while finishing college). People already are shocked that I work and go to school full-time AND have managed to get straight As every semester…I’m hoping that adding a wedding to the mix won’t kill my GPA!
Oh, and I also work part-time, but the good thing about that is all my shifts are super early in the morning (I’m a visual coordinator for a big retailer), so I typically am done with my work day by 10am during the week and have most weekends off. Also, I have already gotten tons of offers from friends and family who said they would help me plan my wedding.
Thanks so much in advance to any Bees that are/were in my boat with planning a wedding in the midst of other big life events 🙂