(Closed) Can I plan a wedding in 9 months?

posted 12 years ago in Logistics
Post # 17
26 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

Can do! I am also getting married in Oct. and only started plannig last month…..we are also planning whilst being out of the country! But, we got so much done in the month we were home. It is absolutely possible!!!!!

 Good luck and a huge congratulations! 

Post # 18
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2020

Of course! I did mine in 8 months and a girlfriend of mine did hers in ONE MONTH. Good luck and congrats on your engagement!

Post # 19
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009 - University of Michigan Union

Yes, absolutely! As long as you get the venue and photographer settled. Congratulations!!! 🙂

Post # 20
135 posts
Blushing bee

I say go for it!  You can do it!  Once you get all of the big things out of the way in your first month or two of planning, the rest just falls into place.  You’ll probably even have a month or two where you won’t have much of anything wedding-related going on.  Good luck!

Post # 21
19 posts
  • Wedding: April 2009

9 months is a great amount of time! I will have a total of 6 months and I know a friend who got engaged and married within 3 months. It’s definitely doable. Just keep a checklist and do not procrastinate (which is hard to do because it’s fun to wedding plan) =).

The biggest things to get done right away are:

Your dress,  book ceremony and reception venues and find a photographer


Good Luck with everything! 

Post # 22
2022 posts
Buzzing bee

I agree – you can do it!  I am planning an 11 month engagement – engaged in Nov. wedding in Oct. It was stressful to pick a venue, photographer and band right off the bat (people book so far in advance….)  I booked all in mid-December and now I am coasting : )

If you want tips on country chic in MA I have some ideas (we are getting married in New Husband but I looked in MA). 

Post # 23
2640 posts
Sugar bee

The planning and coordinating can be done.  However, you are right about vendors (particularly the venue).  They might not be available, especially in a fall NE setting.  Good luck.  Let us know if you get what you want.

If you had to choose, would you give up on the idea of an OCt ober wedding?  Keep this Oct but take a less desirable venue? Wait an entire year longer to have the venue and Oct.?  Would you be flexible and try for a Friday or Sunday?

Post # 24
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

I think 9 months is perfect.  Book your ceremony/reception sites, photographer, and find the dress.  The rest is cake!  Almost everything gets done within 6 months anyway.  I’m just trying to book everything I can as early as I can.  That way I can enjoy the last months of the engagement without worrying that something won’t get done.  I’m finding that with transportation (like flights and car rentals) there’s a “golden moment” to buy.  A month ago my honeymoon tix were like $1500 per person.  Now they’re down to $800 per person.  Farecast.com predicts the price will keep dropping in the coming months!

Congrats girl!

Post # 25
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Of course you can! We’re going to get married in august of this year, to coincide with the 70th wedding anniversary of my grandparents!  I am only going to have a short engagement because we’re planning first our engagi-moon trip (where we officially get engaged although we are for the most part already..exception ring missing left hand, fourth finger) and that will happen in 4-6 weeks.

My sister had a gorgeous wedding with only five months of planning.

Get going now!  I have been planning now for six months, because I knew when it was "go-time" our engagement would be short.  That’s how we want it because if it’s too long, you over think things and I have a bff who had a TWO YEAR ENGAGEMENT and it about drove her nuts.  Plus, a wedding is only one day..why wait to spend your lifetime together?

Best wishes!

~Belle N Georgia 


Post # 26
4 posts
  • Wedding: July 2020

Ofcourse you can plan a wedding in 9 months… you might run into some venue/vendor issues if you are planning a huge platinum wedding though.  I was engaged Feb 07 and I started planning Jan 08… we are finally getting married May 9, 2009!! 

It really depends on the type of wedding you are having and who is paying.  For me, my fiance and I are paying so I am doing all the planning.  So it has taken a lot of my time.  Plus I am very detail oriented and want everything to be perfect, so I invest more time and STRESS in it.  It will be worth it.

Book your venue first and foremost, then if you have any particular vendors (flowers, catering, decor, music, officiant, etc) that are in high demand you want to book them ASAP.  They book 12-18 months in advance at times.  Your dress needs to be purchased and ordered soon, find out the timeline for delivery before you order it.. make sure you have tiime for alterations, etc.

It can be done… I have two friends that planned their weddings in 6 months last year so think positive and get to work!  Congrats!

Post # 27
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

It can totally be done, just be flexible and have a lot of choices to choose from… only b/c the shorter the time period, some vendors become booked, but i think 9 months is totally doable… the venues and vendors i’ve found a lot don’t even want to talk until at the most 12 month point!

Post # 29
18 posts

Go for it! I got engaged over New Years, and I’m planning a September wedding for about 200. Admittedly, I’m planning it in a smaller city (Richmond, VA), so things may not book up as early, but there was only one venue that I seriously looked at who was booked, and only one photographer that I’m looknig at already has the day booked.

I will caution you that most of the places I’ve talked ot have mentioned lots of calls recently from Fall brides, so if you want to do it, get to work on the most important contracts quickly. I think there are more of us holiday engagements who would like to get married this year.  


Post # 30
27 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

I may be the sole person to disagree — and maybe it’s just because I’m planning a wedding in Ohio (where I grew up) from New York (where I live.  I feel COMPLETELY stressed out all the time — we JUST got the caterers and photographers booked — if I hadn’t looked at linens when I’d been home I would have been SOL (or had to make a quick trip home, since our caterer tells us we probably would not get our first choice if we waited even until February).  Because we didn’t book the caterer until just now, we haven’t done the invitations yet (because we needed to know how much time they needed to set up, and we only have the venue for 8 hours) and I was totally tossing and turning last night about what is going to end up being a party that cost us $5K-$10K per hour.

 BUT — if you’re in the area I think you’re set.  Get the dress and the venue asap — everything else you can work with the vendor to get what you want.

 OH — and we got engaged 9/12; wedding is 5/30.  

Post # 31
631 posts
Busy bee

I planned my November wedding for 125 people in 5 months.  No problem!  I liked having a short engagement — you don’t waste a lot of time and energy.  Efficient!  Good luck – you’ll be fine!!!


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