Post # 1
This upcoming fall will be my last semester in college, but I am also planning my wedding. Our date is set for January 1, 2011!!! So that doesn’t give me much time!! I’ve found a photographer, hair dresser and make-up artist, but looking for a venue and reception hall seems to the most stressful thing for me. And to make it a little bit more stressful, we’re working on a budget. My FI is in basic training right now for the army and after that will be going to another state for language school, and without him here I feel like I won’t get everything done in time! I’m only going to be taking 12 hours so it won’t be too much of a course load, but with school, work, and organizations, I’m not sure if I will have time for everything. I’ve never been to a wedding so I don’t really know how the wedding is supposed to go. Also, what do we talk about at the rehearsal dinner??
Post # 3
Breathe! You will make it through everything, I promise! We planned while we were in school full time and both of us working as well and so I know exactly how you are feeling. It seems impossible, but it somehow works itself out. Look online at all the venues, then make appts (maybe you could do this during the evening or early in the day on a Saturday before they have any events). We ended up taking one day and going to see all of the venues on the same day that we were interested in so that it didn’t get all dragged out.
At the rehearsal dinner we didn’t specifically talk about anything really. It was just a time where the wedding party and our close family members could get together and relax before the big day.
Post # 4
the rehearsal dinner is just a day before the wedding where you practice at the church or wheerever your having your ceremony and have a little shindig later with just your family and wedding party.
if you need any help i would be more than happy to help. you can PM anything. I too am planning a wedding in college. fortunately for me, FI finishes in the spring and our wedding is in the summer.
just take some time out of your day to set up a plan of attack on what you want to accomplsih each week. that way you plan accordingly and if something is booked or you have to look elsewhere, you have plenty of time.
Post # 5
i don’t really have any advice but i’m with you girl and just take it easy and relax the worse part is getting stressed out over the little things. i’m finishing college too 21 hours yikes lol and my date is january 8th. congrats to you guys and i wish you all the best. one of the best things i’ve been told though about the little things is no one else who isn’t behind the scenes will know if you meant for that to happen or not so don’t let it bother you!
Post # 6
I am also a bit stressed, and as you can see my wedding is just a little sooner than yours! I am not in college however, but am an elementary school teacher in a district that is quite time consuming(really detailed lesson plans, long afternoons, etc)…besides other extra jobs I have! Fiance is finishing up college, he was supposed to finish by spring, but needs to retake a couple classes…. I was trying to get as much planning as I could done before I started back at work, however, the slight blockage in the road is the fact that fiance’s parents still dont know we have a date yet!:( (meddlesome type) I start working again in a little over 2 weeks:(
I would try to tackle the venue now…. I know it is the most stressful thing to worry about!
I just secured my reception venue..we reserved our church in the spring…I took my parents with me…. my fiance came too, but seriously he doesn’t help with planning AT all, although he says if I want him to do something just tell him:(
I am making a little checklist in my mind each weeK: church/ceremony check, venue check, caterer(comes with reception venue) check…
This week it is: finish browsing and then order wedding dress! Maybe even rush order it. call priest and set up our *interview*…attend marriage preparation class Friday and Saturday at Catholic church.
Friday: Mail Save the Dates
Following week: look for bridesmaid dresses………
I need to get down to the smaller details though.
as far as the rehearsal dinner, I am planning on us just going out to a restaurant without telling the restaurant it’s even a rehearsal dinner…it will just be fiances family members, my parents, and our bridal party.
Post # 7
I know it can be really tough! This is a huge part of the reason we’re having a long (2.5 years total) engagement – I love being able to plan whenever I have the time. It doesn’t feel nearly as stressful – there are months when I don’t even think about the wedding at all, because finals/classes/work take up so much energy.
Since your wedding is closer, I’d recommend reaching out to other brides on your local boards on here or any other website who may be able to recommend venues and any other vendors you need to book. Brides (or grooms) who have been through this already are your best resource. Also – relax! I know it can be stressful, but ultimately it’s not the venue or the food, etc, that make the wedding beautiful; it’s the marriage.
Post # 8
I’m planning our wedding right now and am in my last year of college, too. YIKES. Just do what you can when you can and try not to stress too much. But knock out the venue and the basic stuff as soon as possible. You can do it!
Post # 9
I’m planning now too and am in my last year of school. We are getting married the week after graduation!
I plan on doing a lot of invitation and DIY stuff on my winter break, a little ahead of time but I figure I will have nothing else to do for a few weeks and I can full my days with crafts and wedding stuff! I’m so looking forward to it.