Post # 1
…Because we just booked our venue for August 23rd of THIS YEAR. Someone please tell me I am not crazy to plan an entire wedding in under 5 months. Now that the dust has settled, I am starting to panic. I don’t even have a dress yet. I’m going shopping this weekend, but I don’t even know if I am going to be able to order anything. Then there are the bridesmaids dresses to worry about. Yikes! If anyone has any recommendations on designers that can ship wedding or bridesmaids dress quickly, or even if you just have any tips you think might help, I would really appreciate it!
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I planned my first wedding in under 5 months so it can definitely be done. A lot of stuff can’t even be done until less than 6 months prior to your wedding date anyway. If you have your venue booked then I would next focus on ordering the dress (can always buy a sample or off the rack worst case scenario though) and booking a photographer and a DJ if you plan to have one. Those vendors book up quickly! There souldn’t be a problem with getting food, cake, and decor. Invitations don’t need to go out until 8 weeks prior to the wedding and since you’re so close there is no need to waste time or money on Save the Dates.
Post # 3
Lilada: I think you are SMART, not crazy. The less time you have to plan, the less time you have to think, or let’s say re-think, decisions. Everything can be done, in even far less time than what you have!!
You can buy a sample gown, which are cheaper, off the floor of any bridal store – for the most part, and take it home with you that day. You can use lots of chain stores, like Nordstroms and JCrew for BM dresses, OR David’s Bridal, as any BM dress I got came within a couple of weeks!!
The only think I would tell you to do ASAP, is secure the bigger vendors now, because August is still wedding season, so a lot may be booked already?! I planned in 9-months, and that felt like 5-months too long, because between the 6-3 month countdown, I sat in a huge ‘lull’, which I hated, because I kept thinking I was forgetting something. Lo and behold, i was not, there just was not anything to do 🙂
Post # 4
Dont’ stress. I got engaged the end of December, booked the venue middle of January, and a getting married in April. Literally 3 months to plan.
And I think it is perfect. I can’t imagine having any longer of an engagement. After booking the venue I went dress shopping. I got a beautiful Maggie Soterro dress that i LOVE LOVE LOVE. You may have time to order a dress but you may be less stressed if you get one that you can just buy off the rack. Then I picked out the bridesmaid dresses…I just picked a brand and a color and told all the girls that they can pick whatever dress they want in that designer line, as long as it was in my color of choice. Worked out great because then they could pick whatever dress flattered them best and was in their own price range.
We’ve still had plenty of time for 2 bridal showers, a bachlorette party, a lingerie shower, food tastings, engagement photo sessions, several makeup trials…have all the vendors lined up…caterer, flowers, DJ, photography, cake….
It’s going to be beautiful. you DEF have plenty of time to plan. Just sent out save the dates soon so it takes some of the pressure off of hurrying to get out invitation. Don’t get overwhelmed by the idea of planning a huge wedding either…just make a list of things to do and check them off one at a time.
Post # 5
Nah, we had less than 6 months from setting the date/picking our venue and it has been fine so far! Get on your dress and bridesmaids dresses now though! I bought a preowned dress but you could also go with a sample or off the rack. I’ve heard David’s Bridal BM dresses come in pretty fast.
I pretty much have everything done that I can for our August 2 wedding. Everything that’s left is minimal or can’t be done until closer to the date. You will be fine!
Post # 6
Don’t stress – my brother and sister-in-law decided to get married in August, and their wedding was in October. 2 months! The way she made it through was by asking for help when she needed it (everyone was more than happy to)!
Like PP’s, they were both happy about it because it gave them less time to rethink decisions, and they saved money by not being super-sucked into all of the things you “NEED” for a wedding. With so little time, they just booked and bought the things they actually cared about.
For bridesmaids dresses, we just bought off the rack in standard stores, rather than ordering “bridesmaid dresses”
Their wedding was one of my favourites I’ve ever been to – just so much fun, relaxed, and everyone was happy!
Post # 7
Thanks everyone! You’re making me feel much better. It’s just reading all these websites that tell me where I “should” be right now was overwhelming me. It’s nice to hear that so many people have made it work. And despite the stress of having to plan everthing quickly, I am glad we waited a bit to book something, because we found the most perfect venue and it’s affordable! Can’t beat that!
Post # 8
i was engaged in sept2012 and got married in june 2013, HOWEVER.. I had to keep changing the date (changed it 3 times) for a variety of reasons and i was the MOH for one of my best friends.. she was married in april of 2013 and i really didnt do a lot of planning for my own wedding before hers! i think we booked our reception at 6 months out? and i had my dress, but we literally got my girls dresses a month before and the guys tuxes came in LITERALLY the day before we got married. it was kinda crazy, but it can definitely be done!! just be flexible, realize that some things may not be available, and you will be fine!!
Post # 9
We planned it all in 2 months! Preferred it this way, could not imagine spending a whole year or more stressing about details.
Post # 10
Lilada: Congrats!! Our date is the 30th, and no your are not crazy! We got engaged in October and we have almost everything finished. I think 5 months will be a good amount of time if you start your planning now 🙂
Post # 11
I was engaged for a year and a half and didn’t really get down to business until about 3 months out. I basically wasted the whole first year pinning wedding ideas on Pinterest that I didn’t even use.
David’s Bridal shipped my bridesmaid dress (I only had one) extremely fast. Also, if you order on the *WEBSITE*, they accept returns within 2 weeks of receiving the item so there isn’t a whole lot of risk.
Post # 12
I planned my wedding in about that much time and in hind sight I’m glad I did a short engagement. I think I would have driven myself crazy with a longer one. This way I chose a dress of the rack (and there were still a dizzying number of options), chose BM dresses from a normal store (they are so much better than bridal stores for that), and it forced me to focus on what was important and forget the rest. So I didn’t make myself crazy trying to do tons of DIYs or choose every single song on our DJ’s playlist, but did get to spend time on my vows and that kind of thing.
You can do it!