Post # 1
So it sounds like FI and I will have 8 months to plan our wedding based on the date we are leaning towards.
Are we out of our minds?
We both have full time day jobs and some other random obligations. Upcoming vacations are planned. Holidays are around the corner.
Has anyone planned their wedding in less than a year? How did it turn out? Is it possible?
Please share any advice that you can!
Post # 3
I used to work for a wedding planner and you’d be shocked how many details weren’t addressed until the 3 month period before. Just make sure you get your biggest and most important vendors squared away ASAP, and anything being custom made as well.
Post # 4
We planned our small wedding in a month. It can be done, but it depends on what you want to have.
Post # 5
The main issue is gonna be caterer, venue, and DJ. We found that those were very tricky to lock in, and people generally do it at least a year in advance. Our venue with 8 months to go… Not happening. I think it was booked up a year and a half in advance for some of the popular dates. But we’re in a big city, and I know if varies.
Look at a wedding timeline (I really like the app from the Knot), and see which things they have you doing a year in advance. Then contact some vendors for those things and see if they are still available.
I do know one girl who planned her whole wedding in 6 months. She was pretty wealthy though, so she didn’t have to shop around the extent that we did. One thing she said is that sometimes it’s good to be doing things at the last minute, since you can get some great deals.
Post # 6
we are planning our wedding in 8 months. We got engaged in Feb and chose an Oct date- during this time, I had a 10 day vacation and FI has a 17 da vacation (seperate from each other,) and we obviously have a ton of other things going on, including him now likely starting a new job, me getting a major promotion and both of us working 50+ hours a week.
Totally doable. I’ve had some slight moments of stress but…meh… you figure it out! I WOULD advise that you book a venue and photographer ASAP, though, as those seem to book out the earliest!
Post # 7
I know someone who lives on the east coast and is planning a west coast wedding in 8 months. It can totally be done!
If I could go back in time, I would have planned it for nine months instead of 14. I really wanted to get married in October but I wanted to give my family time to save for clothes, shower and what not. (Even though I know they won’t).
I hate that it’s still so far away. I just want to book everything and move on. I regret that I have to wait until after the wedding to look at houses and pretty much do anything else. (for financial reasons).
Post # 8
From the day we got engaged to our wedding it will be just shy of 7 months! And for 3 months if this our careers result in us working 50-60 hr weeks AND I am trying (not succeeding) in writing my masters thesis. We (me) are doing 100% of the planning ourselves too. It is absolutely possible!!! Just make the big decisions right now to secure vendors and chip away the rest of it a little at a time!
Post # 9
We had 8 months to plan our wedding and I can honestly say most of it has been done for months. I’m not sure what the big deal is as long as you’re on top of things! I work 2 jobs and my FI works out of town (2 weeks out, 1 week home). I agree with the girls – get the big stuff out of the way and you’ll be in good shape!
Post # 10
Congratulations! Yes, it’s possible. We planned ours in just under 4 months. My best advice is to be flexible and decisive. I loved that I didn’t have much time to second guess myself. I had to make a decision and move on to the next one. Obvsiously, start by securing your venue then I’d move to photographer, DJ, caterer, bridal party, etc. Have fun!
Post # 11
we had 5 months,2 1/2 months into everything at a venue DIY i became stressed only because to stay in budget i had to do everything myself,even set up, take down day of wedding,our venue wouldnt let us do it the night before,anyway i came to the weddingbee and read were brides had venues that did it all and we went with a hotel who did everything under our budget in less then 3 months before our wedding 🙂
i know if i stuck with the first venue i could have did it and it would have been beautiful,but i was stressing to much and dealing with going through 2 surgeries that were unexspected after wedding planning began.
but you have 8 months,you can totally do this 🙂
Post # 12
@PatientBride: Congrats! It can definitely be done! FI and I got engaged in April and our Wedding is in January so we have a 9 month timeline. The most important thing to do is to book your big vendors first – venue, DJ, Florist – especially if you have your heart set on using a specific one. After we did that, everything else just fell into place! And also, if you have a bridal party and they ask to help, let them! 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 13
Thanks everyone! Feeling a little bit better now! 🙂
Post # 14
@PatientBride: Not at all. We are almost there, and have done it in 6 months. Just pace yourself. Try to focus on one thing a week. As long as you keep a steady pace and don’t put too much on your plate at one time, you’ll be fine!
Post # 15
We planned ours in about 6-7 months. We both work more than full-time, and had the holidays in there as well.
We had to be flexible with the date, and ended up choosing a date that was special to us, but on a Thursday. Book your venue right away, and then set up the rest of your vendors as soon as possible. Once those big things are out of the way, it should be pretty easy.
Post # 16
We planned ours in 6 months. Of course, it also helps that I’m a teacher so the last month, I dedicated solely to planning. But we just wanted to be married already, and I’m very happy with the length 🙂