(Closed) Planning a wedding during your first year of college…

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 3
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3697 posts
Sugar bee

Wow, best of luck to you as you start college!

It is a really big adjustment, and you are going to have a lot on your plate. Are you planning to continue working that many hours and go to school full time, while planning a wedding?

I don’t want to discourage you – quite the opposite. I do, however, want to recommend that you not set yourself up for unnecessary stress and burnout. Think carefully about how much you can realistically handle, and make sure to leave enough time for your studies.

Post # 4
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4466 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I got married right after I graduated. I graduated this past January and the wedding was February 14. I was working full-time as an assistant teacher coupled with my student teaching. So I was taking 18 credits (or maybe it was 15 my last semester, but I always took 18-19 every semester before then and so I can’t remember) and working full-time, plus the wedding planning. It is stressful, but you have to learn to manage your time.

You have to be very organized with the wedding planning and figure out when certain appointments and tasks need to get done and then plan those at times that may not always be the most convenient. For instance, the majority of my wedding planning appointments, etc. were done at night after work, which did elongate my day and was stressful, but I did what I had to do to get it all done. A lot of times my schoolwork did take the hit because I would go to work from 7:45 – 3:45 and then go home to do wedding planning and somewhere in there I was also supposed to be going to class after work on some nights (I took mostly night classes in my last semester to accommodate my work schedule) and do weekly homework and essays. I left a lot of my homework to Sundays and spent Sunday doing most assignments.

If it works better for you to leave wedding planning to the weekend and spend every evening doing homework then that would also be a good balance. (I find it easier to write papers on Sundays so that’s why I did that.) 

You just have to find a good balance and make sure that your schoolwork isn’t taking a hit. My work took a little bit of a hit, but you know, it’s so easy to procrastinate schoolwork. Since this is your first semester and you are just going to be hitting your stride, I think even more so you need to spend a lot of time focusing on doing well and schedule the wedding planning around school (not the other way around). I also think you should get a good support team in place and people who can help you make decisions and get things done. For me, it was my mom. If you start now at a good even pace you can avoid some of the last minute rush (though not all of it because that’s the nature of the beast). 

Also, it’s possible that you can look at school as a little bit of a break from the hectic craze around you. Like, I would work all day long and deal with stressful situations, texts about wedding planning, scheduling appointments…but then I would get to class and it all had to stop while I listened to the teacher and engaged in activities and class discussisons. And sometimes it did feel like a nice break from dealing with everything else in my life. 

It can be done you just have to be diligent about the way in which you execute it all. Good luck and happy planning 🙂 The bees are always here for you when you need. 

Post # 5
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516 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You can do it, no problem!!

I am getting married only a month into my senior year of college, right after starting student teaching. We are also in the process of house searching. I have been called insane, crazy, etc. by pretty much every classmate and professor I have told. And they are probably right. Lol

But I don’t care! I’ll live 🙂 ..hopefully.

Post # 6
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1072 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I am starting my masters degree and planning my wedding and working about 30 hours a week.  It isn’t easy but it is doable!

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