(Closed) Possible to plan a wedding in four months? What do I need to think about?

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I planned our wedding in 4.5 months, so I totally think it’s doable. Honestly, I just followed the checklist on weddingwire.com for the most part.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

My major concerns would be:

1) Caterer

2) Photographer (they tend to book up very far in advance)

3) Dress (many designers require a 6 month + order time)

4) Travel plans for your guests (for those coming from out of town)

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It’s totally doable! The only thing that could be a time crunch is the wedding dress! Get it quick and you may have to buy off the rack or used. Are guests going to be traveling for your wedding?

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Ms. Dove: the biggest thing is the gown!!!!  Ordering it and alterations can take a LOOONG time!  

Everything else, shouldn’t be a big deal.  But I would definitely tackle the gown first.

If you can find one that fits PERFECTLY off the rack, I’d suggest that.  China replica gowns CAN take up to two months (60 to 90 days).  And I wouldn’t want to chance it taking longer (though some claim to have it to you in 30 days).  I got mine in like 35, I think, but that was after badgering them a little.

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

First priorities: Make your guestlist. Find a caterer & officiant. Invitations don’t need to go out until 2 mos before the wedding so you still have time to sort out the details.

I’d say if you’re not too picky you can totally pull it off. I got my dress 2 days after I ordered it, so don’t let that worry you too much. Just pick something that won’t need major alterations.

The one nice thing about being limited on time is that you can’t stress over every little thing and also you will only focus on the most important things and can avoid overspending on little details that might go unnoticed anyway.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

It is VERY doable! I would check off the list of your major vendors (as listed above) first and foremost!

If need be you can always check out a college in your area for Photog & Musci/Band/Dj…. just call up the Department Head and they should be able to get you pointed in the right direction of top students or students that may be interested.

Also…. like the pp talked about on the dress… even if you get a dress from a place like David’s Bridal, the color white is generally a special order and can take up to 12 weeks so I wouldn’t put off your search. What I did was shop online on their site and then called the store to see if they had the few that I “liked” in my size (don’t forget to go up a size from your street clothes size) I went in tried it on and ordered it!

Oh, also…. David’s Bridal (idk about other shops) requires that the dress be paid for in full before you can place the order.

Don’t stress yourself on invites…. I would DIY and check out a place like VistaPrint for easy, and budgetable invites.

Oh…. and always remember the whole point of the wedding and don’t let everything else that’s “needed” overwhelm you 😉

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Go for it.  I had a month to plan for our July wedding.  Now I’m totally type A and my gf is a planner so I was able to get it together. 

Dress- Purchased via yourdreamdress.com which I found on preownedweddingdresses.com. Boutiques, sample dresses, as well as 2 gown brides sell on this site.  I found my alterations seamtress via threads here as well as weddingwire and yelp.

Hairstylist, Photographer and MUA- I wanted to support my local small business owners.  So I started combing weddingwire and yelp. 

Invitations- Online and my gf reminded me that since its intimate I didn’t have to worry about STD. Also I’m keeping it real simple because I also have a limited budget

Venue-I live near the coast so I knew I could get married in near the beach.  Renting my ceremony venue from the city and found a local restaurant for our wedding dinner.

Baker and Florist- Since I decided to go w/ cupcakes instead of a traditional cake, I google and yelp until I found the right person.   She had links to other small business owners that she worked w/.  And that’s how I found my florist as well.

Now that I’ve planned everything in a month, I’m soo ready for it to be the day.

Also my gf brother is getting married in 2 wks.  Wedding planned in 2 months.  200+ppl.  I know everyone will be happy when the day arrives.

So go ahead and book.  You can do it:)

Good Luck!!!!!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i planned ours in 2.5 months!! stressful!!! the guest list was probably the hardest! and finding a reception venue in that short amount of time that wasnt already booked on the day we wanted.. good luck!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Definitely!  I did it in seven months, but I took one whole month to find a venue, so I planned it all in 6 months.  I met a girl who took a cancellation at my venue and planned everything in about 4 months too.  You’ll be busy but I thought it was nice to cram it all in and be done with it, and I did not have much time to second guess myself.

Since the venue had a cancellation, maybe there was a cancellation for one of the caterers too.  I’d say the wedding dress is the next biggest thing.  We chose our photographer and band about 4 months out, and I chose vendors for my flowers and cake with one month to go – all of them did a great job.  Good luck!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Go for it. My wedding is in early November and we just are booking our venue. However, one of the venues we visited was trying to get us to reserve a date for this June! So it is doable:-)

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Go for it. My wedding is in early November and we just are booking our venue. However, one of the venues we visited was trying to get us to reserve a date for this June! So it is doable:-)

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Opps… this is my 1st time responding to somones post… Sorry for posting my response 3 times…

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

It’s possible, but it could depend on your personality! If you’re laid back and don’t get stressed too easily you can definitely do it. My fiance and I wanted to have plenty of time because we didn’t want it to take over our lives, and we also get stressed easily.

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