SHORT engagement brides!

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
1136 posts
Bumble bee

Reception being booked already- does hat include catering/menu? I would say that’s important to do pretty soon. DJ or band? Cake (if you’re having one). Photographer/videographer?


Our wedding is in a little more than 5 months and I think we’re behind in planning haha oh well, we have the reception venue booked and ideas for everything else. im probably renting a dress, so I’m not super worried about that at least. And his wedding band is easy enough to get!

Post # 4
7169 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i had a 7 month engagement.  i booked all my vendors in the first 2 months.  not too much going on in the middle,  then the last 2 months before wedding, i finalized all details. 

it was a pretty stress free time for me. 


Post # 5
2712 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015


I think you’re in a good spot. My wedding is in January and we don’t have a caterer yet lol. It’s coming…

Once you get venue, flowers (bouts and bouquets), DJ, food, photography, attire done… which is sounds like you’re mostly done, the rest is details.

Post # 6
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

ajillity81:  we had an 8 month engagement, and I had exactly the same experience. Vendors were booked within the first couple weeks, then there was just taking care of everything else. there was very little to do in the middle, then the last two months were pretty busy, with the last two weeks being the busiest. i thought it was all pretty easy though!

Post # 7
4913 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We had an 8 month engagment, and even less when I think back to when we booked our venues – after setting the date and ensuring that availability was still there. We had all major things done by mid-April… and everything that had an arrival time (dresses mainly), came in WAY earlier than anticipated.

We first did the reception hall, since it was a hotel. They have all the food and all of that stuff. Next up was the officiant, ceremony venue, band, photographer, and I looked for my dress and the BM dresses. We made our own flowers (silk), but had checked around for pricing before making that decision. I also called the bankery we got our cake from a couple months before, just to get the date reserved. I ordered what we needed last week.

Our wedding is 2.5 weeks away and a lot of stuff was also donw within the last month… so you sit for awhile. Yes, you can start on things (like DIY items, or gifts) earlier too.

Post # 8
1683 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Unfathomably:  you’re doing great! we got engaged in july 2013, but didn’t start planning anything until the 1st of november…which gave us exactly 6 months, and other than the venue, dress and photographer, we didn’t do anything until januay with the wedding coming up in may! it was a whirlwind, but with the internet at our fingertips and a lot of focus, we pulled it off with no problem!

Post # 9
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015


We’re getting married the end of April, and had a “short” engagement as well. Until we got engaged and started planning, I had no idea 9 months was considered to be a short engagement! I feel like vendors are the only thing you need way in advance, that and the wedding dress. Then you start getting into stuff you can’t really do until the time gets closer (e.g. flowers). Don’t forget about an officiant though! That’s important : ) One thing I wish we would have started earlier was music selection. It’s becoming a timely process because for things like the ceremony I have no idea what to play. So I have to google the typical stuff, then listen to it, then make a decision. It’s a long process that (for me at least) gets old kinda fast. 

Also–in regards to the donuts, I just have to ask, are you by chance in Oregon and referring to Voodoo Donuts? 

Post # 11
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Unfathomably:  How wonderfully awesome that your dad is going to be the one to marry you guys! And, crossing my fingers the donut idea works out, because that would be super cool.

Post # 14
1065 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Loft

Unfathomably:  From proposal to engagement our wedding will be 7 months.

Post # 15
131 posts
Blushing bee

We had a 7 week engagement and everything turned out perfect. It wasn’t a massive wedding with hundreds of guests cause that isn’t us. Small wedding with the most important people there and evening food and entertainment!

Couldn’t have asked for better – although night before I had a panic that I didn’t have my dress forgetting I left it at my friends that day lol.

Hope everything goes well and your day is magical. 

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