Anyone else get a lot of planning done "really fast"?

posted 3 months ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

We just did everything straight away, pretty much. We didn’t start looking for venues until 2/3 months after getting engaged as were were getting married in my home country and that was the next time we could visit. As soon as we picked the venue we booked the photographer, caterer, florist and band within a week or two. We knew what we liked and just pulled the trigger fairly quickly rather than researching for the sake of researching. Imo you can turn wedding planning into a chore rather than a fun experience if you drag out too many of the elements. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

We got engaged in October 2017 and I had all the important vendors booked by January 2018 XD I’m not getting married until next month lolol

No shame. I’m definitely a planner at heart 🙂 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

cq123 :  By 6 months into being engaged I had basically every major vendor booked, engagement party done, bridesmaids and groomsmen asked, etc etc.

I got a TON done very early on and I am so glad I did. Once all the big htings were done, I did nto realize how many other moving pieces there are. A day of timeline, DIY projects, wedding bands, bridal shower, bachelorette, music, processional order and music, etc etc etc. The list is never ending.

It’s definitely good to get all the large scale things out of the way so you have tiem to focus on the smalelr things. For example, I booked my DJ fairly early, but I am still currently working on my songs list, my Future Mother-In-Law is still deciding on her mother son dance song, and I haven’t chosen a song for our bridal party entrence yet.

Just like you I have a ton of anxiety that can shut me down when everything is too much – so getting all the major thigns done first is a HUGE help and definitely totally normal! 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

My entire wedding was planned and everything was purchased about 3-3.5 months after I got engaged.  Like…EVERYTHING.  Centerpieces, my dress, signage, etc.  We even had our food tastings done, lol.  I really wanted the summer leading up to the wedding to be stress free, so I’m glad I front-loaded so much work.  No reason to sit around if you know what you want.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Ha yes. We already knew where we wanted to get married so that was booked 2 weeks after our engagement.  I used a lot of the same vendors as my sister who got married the year before us. I could’ve planned a wedding in 2 months easily

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

We’ve got pretty much everything planned, we got engaged in February. Our menu tasting is on Saturday and then we just have to finish paying off our venue (one more payment!). Our wedding is in July, so we had to act fast lol.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Unless you are having a super long engagement I think it makes sense to book everything quickly. In my area, most popular venues and vendors are booked up more than a year in advance for summer and fall weekend weddings. So once you have your venue/date chosen and put the deposit down, you kind of need to get going on everything else ASAP or you would wind up without a good photographer/florist/makeup artist etc. Dresses from bridal boutiques can take nine months to come in. Unless the people who are making comments have planned a wedding recently I don’t think most people understand this! We had an 18 month engagement and had our date set/ put our venue deposit down like 3 weeks after getting engaged. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

Yes! Wedding planning has been super easy for me.

We have had extra things to sort out too, as we are having two weddings (Western and Indian) on two separate days, and the Western wedding is going to be in a backyard, so it requires tons of additional things to be rented and sorted out from a logistical standpoint.

Everyone kept trying to tell me how stressful wedding planning is, but honestly, it has been completely stress-free and easy. I really only care about marrying the love of my life – everything else is just details.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

cq123 :  I frontloaded all of my wedding too based on the bees helping me realize I had a lot more work to do for the wedding than what I thought I would have to. Everyone in my circle thought I was planning way far ahead but I’m glad I got a lot done early because I can relax and do things slowly now and I don’t get stressed when stuff comes up at the last minute that takes time away from wedding planning. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Yeah, we had a short engagement (about 8mos) so I had the whole wedding planned 3 mos in. Centerpieces, etc. were all done as well. It made it a lot easier! 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Oh yeah, we had to jump straight into planning. Hubby proposed in January 2015, and we had our wedding in October 2015. Since I was teaching at a community college, I had literally one Saturday that coincided with my fall break and would make it easy for me to take off part of the week for our honeymoon. So yeah, we had our venue, catering, photographer, and big must-haves booked within the first week. The rest fell into place pretty quickly after that!

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2020 - City, State

Hello, I was logging on this morning to post almost the exact same post!

We got engaged on new year.  We started planning after a month or so to give my FH time to get over the shock that he had actually done it! 

We now have everything major, vendor wise booked for our August 2020 wedding. I have enjoyed the process, and as I too suffer with generalised anxiety disorder I knew it would be best for my sanity to get things booked early so I can totally relate to your experience!

The question I wanted to ask however is what to do now!! I have enjoyed planning so much that I am now constantly on the look out for other things I can be planning or doing, whilst also trying to spread it out so I can enjoy the process for longer!!! 

I still have dress shopping for me and my girls and our DIY elements but I think that is it! 

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