Post # 1
I need support. I need someone to tell me that it can be done, and I’m not going to die. I have a wedding coordinator and I work part time, so that should help me a little. All I have done is booked the venue and wedding planner.
Post # 3
You can do it!! I believe lol!
Our wedding is July 17, and I’ve still got TONS of stuff to do! The hive is definitely here to support you and help you!!
Do you need any help or anything right now???
Post # 4
Okay, so let me tell you this. The one big regret I have about our wedding planning was that it was WAY too long. We had a 14-month engagement, and by the time the actual wedding rolled around, I was really sick of it, and literally just wanted to get it done and over with. I mean, it was still an amazing day, but 14 months left way too much time to worry about details and agonize over certain things.
I always tell people I wished we had done it in six months. I honestly think it’s the perfect amount of time to plan, celebrate, and get married. You don’t have to worry about details so much because you just have to make decisions and stick with them, which is SO much better, in my opinion. By the time our 10-month mark came, I started to second-guess everything, took on way too many DIY projects that we didn’t need, and we were just so sick of talking about wedding stuff and we got cranky and had to literally take day trips and not talk about it.
I think you’ll be very happy with a 6-month engagement 🙂
Post # 5
You can totally do it! I’m doing my wedding for 100 people in 6 months while working full time and going to grad school. A wedding takes as much time to plan as you have. I wouldn’t have done a longer engagement– I think 6 months is a perfect amount of time.
Post # 6
You can do it, promise!!! It gets stressful, but it can be done and it will be beautiful!! We got engaged Sept 27 2009, and got married March 27, 2010. It was perfect. I worked full time during the planning and was able to get it all done. Overwhelming yes, but it really worked out. =)
Post # 7
Six months is totally doable! My FI and I got engaged last September. We both work full time but we’ve managed to plan the whole wedding already (that’s about six months) without a wedding planner! He and I scheduled a big trip to Europe next month and are in the process of buying a house, so we wanted to make sure we were done planning before our trip.
The biggest thing is setting the date and finding a venue, and you have that done already! Checked! Now just visualize the wedding ceremony and the reception – the aesthetics (traditional or non-traditional), the vibe (formal or non-formal), music, lighting, the flowers, etc. Once you have your vision, let your wedding planner know, get her ideas and start booking!
Good luck, I think it will work out! 🙂
Post # 8
You can do it! I got engaged the end of November and my wedding is May 29. 6 months exactly. Hang in there. Just keep telling yourself “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”
Post # 9
I will say one nice thing is that I have noticed myself just picking stuff out and sticking to it. I don’t have time to second guess my decisions, which might be good and might be bad. lol. Our wedding is a destination wedding to Hilton Head Island, SC. Barring a hurricane (ahhh!) I think it will be beautiful.
Post # 10
You can do it! We set our date on January 27 for May 29. It’s a lot of work but it’s about deciding what you want, finding it, going for it and not looking back. You’re right – you don’t have time to second guess.
One tip I do have is to get a dress immediately!! When I went to the stores I was surprised by how long it could take to get them in, and ended up buying a sample dress because I was paranoid a new one wouldn’t come in on time, or leave enough time for alterations. Of course, that also saved me about $300…
Post # 11
Yes, sister, YOU CAN DO IT!!
I got engaged on 2/13 and we’re getting married on 8/8, so that’s a little shy of 6 months. I’m just like MsTerrapin — I work FT and currently taking two classes at grad school. Still, I was able to knock out the big things in the past 2 mo’s — got the dress, the venue, the photographer, the DJ, the Trio, designed my STD and sent those out, and also made our wedding website. I don’t have a planner, although I do have a day-of coordinator at the venue.
I promise you can get through this. You have the most important thing nailed down, which is the venue and the date, so things will start falling into places. Just try to push yourself and move onto the next big things, like getting a wedding dress since that takes a while…and deciding on the guest list b/c that also can create bit of a drama (esp if you’re on a budget and you have to cut ppl). Hang in there and happy planning!! 😀
Post # 12
I agree with charismaclassic – get your dress right away. We set our date early-mid January and are getting married on May 22. I too was surprised at how long it takes to get some dresses in and still have enough time for alterations. And what beachbrideamy said is also very true – you don’t have a lot of time to second guess your decisions. Take care of the big stuff first – date, venue, dress, invitations, photo and other vendors that might book up fast and then the rest is in the details which you can do pretty much at your own pace and with the help of your WC. Have FUN, know that it’s totally doable and always feel free to come to the hive with any questions or if you need help – the ladies on here are AMAZING!!
Post # 13
Trying to! Like the other girls said, you’ve already booked a venue so that is a huge help. I would definitely look into a dress right away.
I actually posted a similar thread today before seeing yours. Here it is:
Calling all short engagement brides!
Post # 14
We’re getting married 5 months after we got engaged, but we’re basically planning it in 3 months. (We had to scrap our plans 2 months in and rethink everything.)
Granted, we’re doing a very small wedding, but I think in double the time you could put something bigger together too. I’m only a month into the planning process now, and here’s what I’ve done:
-found, ordered, AND got my dress
-found and ordered jewelry
-narrowed down the venue to two places (we’re getting married in one of two state parks)
-got his suit (they’ll have it tailored this week)
-got my shoes and they’re halfway done (I’m DIYing them)
-found our officiant
-got a custom cake topper
-found someone to do the cake
-found a photographer (still negotiating rates)
-found a place to custom make my wedding band (he’s using his dad’s)
-made an appointment to get my ugly tattoo (which is revealed by my dress) covered by a pretty one (OK, there’s your non-traditional wedding planning thing)
-booked my makeup consult
I think we’re doing well…just over two months to go! 🙂
Post # 15
You can do it!!!
I’m in the same boat –
My date is August 14, 2010 – 4 months away! Got engaged end of Jan. We have some major stuff set but lots more work to do.
It’s definitely possible, use this board and make your lists and check stuff off one by one!
That’s what I’m doing 🙂
Post # 16
Six months is perfect – because realistically you have time to do everything but you don’t have time to second guess every decision you make. Just be super super organized and decisive and you should be able to get it done. Plus having a coordinatator will help since she’ll make sure you aren’t falling behind.