(Closed) About how much time does it take to plan a wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
3437 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Honestly? Once we changed our venue/plan it took me about 3 hours. 😅 But let me explain bc I highly doubt thats the norm. We found a gorgeous local park, I already had a delicious catering company in mind, Yelped for an equipment rental place with good reviews, not really a crafty or DIY type but I have a specific centerpiece idea in mind so went on Ebay and got everything I need for about $300. Far less than ordering flowers that’ll shortly die. We already knew our guest list would be short, family and close friends only. Fiance had a DJ and officiant in mind, photographer was already booked from before the venue change but finding him took maybe 30 minutes. I think this process is as stressful as one allows it to be. But since yours will be fairly casual I doubt planning will take over your life. 🙂 You’ll be fine!

Post # 3
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - Edson Keith Mansion

I’m a full time law student, work part time, very involved in youth advocacy programs in the community, dog mom, and gym addict. Compared to everything else, planning a wedding was easy! After you book a venue, the hardest part is getting a current address from everyone on your guest list. 

Nine months is plenty of time. 🙂 Go for it!

Post # 4
200 posts
Helper bee


I think the tightest part for you is how picky you are with the dress. Some designers need 6 months to make a dress. I’ve read, it’s recommended to leave 2-3 months for alterations. That doesn’t give you much time to look for a dress. I’m different from other bees – I wouldn’t be able to do school, work, and then plan a wedding on top of that. My anxiety would go through the roof.

That said, it didn’t take me much time to book our vendors because I know what I want and my Fiance is easy going. For each vendor, I spent a few hours googling, maybe an hour narrowing down to 2-3, then emailing for more details. I would say I’ve spent 5-10 hours total booking vendors (not including the wait time). The wait time is what I say takes the MOST time – waiting for vendors to respond, getting more informations, asking questions, and reading contracts. 

I think I had booked most of my vendors in a month. Having said that, I fuck around at work looking at wedding stuff and have been “keeping an eye out” for wedding stuff even before we got engaged so it feels like I had a bit of a head start. I also lucked out getting a lot of recos from my wedding planner for free. I also have many smaller details to work through but if you don’t care about that, then it’s much easier.

Post # 5
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I’m planning mine in under 6. You’re fine. It takes as long as you want it to, honestly. The only caveat is that vendors book up in advance and it can take a bit to get in your dress. 

Post # 6
27 posts
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’m planning mine in 8 months. At this point, I’m 6 months out and pretty much everything planned. I say go for it! 9 months is plenty of time, just start dress shopping asap 🙂

Post # 7
1657 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Our engagement will be 11 months long so we’ve spread it out. 

But in all fairness, we had made and booked all of the major vendors about 2 months in.

I’d say 9 months is AMPLE time to plan your wedding.

My best advice is to write your own 9-month plan and decide what things you want to have accomplished each month. 

We’re 4.5 months out and are practically done 🙂

Post # 8
3323 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

9 months is SUPER doable. Some people plan theirs in a few weeks when plans change! A good friend of mine planned a beautiful wedding in 3 months, and she said it wasn’t difficult as long as you’re organized.

Post # 9
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I dont think you will have trouble planning, but popular vendors might be booked for popular dates. I live in a smaller city though and am planning a wedding in an even smaller town. If there is someone specific you like, call them first!

Post # 10
3802 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

9 months is totally doable. I didn’t start planning mine until about then. 

Post # 11
7581 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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wolfeyes :

I mean this in the nicest way possible….but don’t rely on your Stay-At-Home Mom sister to plan your wedding. Even though it appears she has plenty of time it’s not her job to plan your wedding. I would highly suggest hiring a planner. They will be best prepared to help you not only find and book vendors but plan the logisitcs of having a wedding at a family ranch (which I’m assuming is not set up as a wedding venue?).

I say this as a wedding photographer…..the logistics of planning a wedding at that type of venue will be a lot more daunting than you think but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be awesome (I think it sounds like a great venue!!). It’s very different than a venue where much of what you need is provided. On top of that, someone needs to be the point person who handles the setup, all the vendors, etc. Your family and friends should get to enjoy your big day, not work it!

9 months is totally doable…I planned a wedding for 200 in 9 months (at a venue similar to yours…other than it being a ranch it was a venue where *everything* had to be brought in). The biggest hurdle you’ll run into is doing the research to find the vendors, and then of course if you’re picking a prime date less than a year out the possibility that the top vendors are already booked.

Post # 12
687 posts
Busy bee

I will never understand why people feel they need forever to plan a wedding.  I get that some venues book up fast – but that’s the only reason you’d need more than a few months. My fiancé and I are both lawyers and are insanely busy. We’ve managed to plan a 100+ person wedding in 6 months while also buying a house and selling a house. Just don’t let the wedding industry convince you that you need longer 🙂

Post # 13
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I gave myself 14 months and now my wedding is 11 months away and I’ve planned everything. It was super easy! If you’re not going to go crazy because your flowers aren’t the exact shade of whatever then I think it’s fine. I work full-time, play violin, and work out 6 times and week, and have an active social life. As long as you get your venue, it should be ok. 

Post # 14
1256 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We planned ours in 8.5 months. I nailed down the major vendors within a month, and then did very little for the next few months.  We wrote our own ceremony, which was more work than I realized. My husband is dyslexic, so that definitely fell to me and i probably spent close to 25 hours on it.  The other big project was putting together the timeline and DJ instructions, which took a lot of time – mostly because I’m a perfectionist. I probably spent 10-15 hours on that.  Everything else was just bits of time here and there.  I work full time, work out 4-5 days a week, have a social life and teach in addition to my full time work. It wasn’t always easy, but it was way easier than medical school and residency!

Post # 15
4104 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I planned mine in 8 months. I honestly could have planned it in a much shorter time frame. Unless you are DIY-ing every tiny detail then I don’t see why it would take anyone a huge amount of time. If you can easily get your vendors lined up, then the rest is easy (at least it was for me). 

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