Planning your wedding with less than a year?? Please say YES and HOW!

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: How much time did you have to plan your wedding?
    0-6 months : (66 votes)
    32 %
    7-12 months : (92 votes)
    45 %
    13-24 months : (40 votes)
    20 %
    2 years + : (7 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    2429 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    We planned our wedding in 10 months-proposal to wedding date.  I hadn’t even thought of ideas before we started planning so I had no idea where to start.  I felt like it was plenty of time, we didn’t feel rushed at all. Originally we were going to plan in 6 months but everyone kept saying it was too short so we moved it back a little.  Honestly, we would have been fine with 6 months.  The only tips would be to nail down big things first-vendors that can only book one event in a day (photographer, DJ, venue, caterer)

    Post # 6
    Member
    2429 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @rusticbee2014:  Yep, 6 months would have been totally doable.  We booked our vendors first and then pretty much sat around for a few months until it was time to nail down details.  Most of our vendors-cake, florist, caterer, DJ, wouldn’t even really discuss details until we were under 6 months out.  Here’s a few pics of our day

     

    Post # 7
    Member
    1148 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We, really I, planned our wedding just a few days shy of six months. I really didn’t feel rushed at all, I just made sure to get the major details nailed down first – church, reception area, DJ, etc. – and then the smaller details fell into place as we went along. It was actually most tricky for me to find a photographer that didn’t cost thousands of dollars and that was available for the day.

    I don’t really like waiting for things, so I didn’t want to drag out our engagement for a long period of time. Even though a longer planning period may have allowed us to save up more money to spend on various aspects, I don’t regret any of what we did or didn’t have in our wedding!

    Good luck!

    Post # 8
    Member
    164 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    If we go with our ideal date, March 15th, I’ll have 9 months.

    My sister got engaged on Dec 30th and married the following June 29th.
    My brother got engaged on April 28th and married the following December 15th.

    It is entirely doable.  I’ve seen it happen (relatively) disaster-free twice. 

    Post # 9
    Member
    7208 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @rusticbee2014:  Ok, breathe, and think about it:

    It’s one day.

    One day does not take more than a year to plan. Some people need venues or photographers which need to be reserved more than a year advance. But actual planning can be done in way shorter time. We had a 10 month engagement but didn’t really get rolling for a couple of months. I know several people who’ve had engagements of about 6 months. And I’ve read on the Bee of people who’ve planned it in a month or so.

    How was the process? Busy, but it was more knowing that lots needed to be done and ticking them off the list. I think the only real stressful/busy time was because we printed our own invitations and programs, and it was a bigger job than I thought.

    Post # 12
    Member
    452 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013 - rolling hills of southern italy

    @rusticbee2014:  I’m doing it in 7 months, from northern Italy, for a wedding in southern Italy, with many guests from California. You can do it. I’m also moving, have no family near to help, handmade invitations, and spending a full two weeks away from home for work. You can do it!!!

    whenever feel like there might not be enough time, I think of it as a party, not a wedding. . . It changes so little, but the timeline for planning a party is dramatically decreased. Who spends more than 2 months planning a party? even a fancy schmancy party. But it’s rare I have felt there wasn’t enough time. I didn’t do anything for the first month anyway. 6 months would be fiiiine. . . as long as you aren’t hoping to book a 300 person wedding with THE most popular venue, THE most detailed decor, THE most overbooked vendors… I don’t see why you would really  need longer. go dress shopping right away, once you know what atmosphere you’ll have. .

    Post # 13
    Member
    8720 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I started planning mine around Halloween for a September wedding. I guess that is just over 10 months. I have everything done and havent felt rushed at all. I definitely could have done it in less time. We are inviting about 230-240 people.

    Post # 14
    Member
    362 posts
    Helper bee

    I agree one day shouldn’t take more than a year, but I want time to really enjoy being engaged for a few years to pay and enjoy everything slowly and fully

    Post # 15
    Member
    9092 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We were 9 months to the day, proposal to wedding day.  Engaged Oct 9, 2009, married July 9, 2010.

    It was really just a matter of being decisive about what I liked, not killing myself with DIY projects, and not procrastinating.  Even with only 9 months, I felt like from six to three months out there really wasn’t that much to do.  If you have a very popular vendor/venue that you MUST have that could put a kink in things. 

    Post # 16
    Member
    181 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We got engaged last month and will get married in Dec. I haven’t prepared anything but I believe we’ll do fine. We’re even planning a remote wedding. It’s not a destination wedding, but a traditional wedding. I don’t know how we’ll do that but I’m sure that we’ll have a beautiful wedding. My friend got hers in 5 months! 🙂

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