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

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 31
64 posts
Worker bee

Oh and we didn’t decide on a September date until…maybe late May/June.

Post # 32
2869 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We got engaged at the end of September and are getting married the end of April next year, so having a 7 month engagement.  We both have very busy jobs, go to the gym often and see our friends all the time and I still have time left over.  We got the big thing – the venue – booked right away and secured our photographer and hotel block shortly thereafter.  Got my dress fairly quickly too.  I really don’t understand what all the stress is about.  I’m not DIYing much (maybe the table centerpieces and that’s about it), we’re not having favors.  And we just bought a house.  Things are busy but I like being busy. 

Post # 33
1348 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

We’ll have been engaged for 15 months when we get married, but we definitely didn’t need that much time. I’m certain we could have planned it in 8-9 months. We’re also very laidback. Once we see something we like in our price range, we book it; we don’t feel the need to look at every single option and spend days/weeks/months deciding the best one. For example, I did a bit of research on venues and caterers, picked my favorite ones from the reserach, Fiance and I looked at the venue and sampled food from the caterer we liked best, and we booked both on the spot. If you’re like us, you can definitely plan a wedding in 9 months (or fewer!). TheKnot.com’s checklist has kept me on track/ahead of the schedule in terms of planning everything so far. I’d definitely create an account there (or on a similar website) to use their personalized checklist.

Post # 34
5046 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2016

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wolfeyes :  It really depends on what you want.  We had a 17 month engagement and enjoyed taking our time, while my sister had a 3 month engagement and had exactly the wedding they wanted!  I have friends who have 2+ year engagements and that’s the perfect amount of time for them.  Depending on where you live, you may want a longer engagement so you have better vendor options.  I would call a few vendors to get an idea of their availability (we couldn’t get our top choices a year out, they were booked up) and go from there.  My two best friends both had 8 months engagements and were a bit stressed, but happy with the results 🙂 Happy planning!

Post # 35
4035 posts
Honey bee

We had a 9 month engagement and got married in the middle of my senior year of college. We were engaged in the spring of my junior year and hubby’s senior year. I had all the planning done, by the time I went back to school in the fall, so it took at most 5 months.

Post # 36
2848 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

The only reason you need to plan so far in advance is because of the venue, which you already have! I honestly could have planned my wedding in a few weeks. I had to stretch it out over 14 months tho. I think 9 months is more than plenty of time. 

You just need to find vedors and hire them. The longest part was finding a dress honestly.

Post # 37
419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’m a full-time grad student, work full time, and we live an hour away from our families (and where our wedding will be) and we just picked a date this weekend! (9/08/2017) for about 230 guests-so exactly 9 months, as well! Nothing else is planned, no dress, vendors, so let’s be positive and say yes, it can be done! 

Post # 38
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

9 ‘months is doable. I’m getting married in February and didn’t really begin planning until around May. I did have a bridesmaid get together in February and then slacked my butt off lol. 86 days to go and I’m pretty much done. It’s just little odds and ends left now. I spend a few days after wrk eack week engulfed in planning. DIY projects etc. fighting people over their rsvps lol. You can do it:)

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