Post # 1
My man is in the Air Force and he just finished basic not too long ago. We want to get married by the end of the summer (after I finish school and once we figure out where he will be stationed), but we’re not engaged yet– he’s been trying to pick out a ring, we haven’t seen each other in a month, and he wants to go home to ask my father (I said calling would be fine given the situation but he thinks that would be rude).
Anyway, we are going to try to have a wedding even though we’re probably only going to have a 1-2 months to throw it together by the time he figures out for sure when he’ll be able to make it home for the ceremony. I’ve been trying to relax and believe that somehow we’ll pull it off (we’re not thinking anything fancy, just fun and classy) but I’m so excited that I can’t help but want to start planning! Any suggestions for what I can do ahead of time without knowing the date? I think I’m going to make a list of my top 10 reception sites, because we’ll probably have to go with where ever has a cancellation since it will be such short notice!
Post # 3
YOu should definitely try to find a place, things tend to book up well in advance, especially in warm weather and depending on the location. So being able to have an idea of where it will be is a great start. You can also start looking for your vendors, again you are short on time so it will be diifficult to find someone with so little time. I say pick a date and then go on a mad hunt for the ring, cuz without a date you can’t book anything and your perfect place/vendor could be gone
Post # 4
Get yourself a dress 😉 Congrats!
Post # 5
I’d say start with a dress, attendents, and talk to vendors. Even if you don’t have a date set, you can at least know who is available when and who you like.
Post # 6
🙂 Thanks! My roommate and I are going to start looking at dresses next weekend! So exciting!
Post # 7
Congrats to you both! First thing you need to do is secure your venue(s) and you may be able to base your date on what they have available. If you post a new topic with an area (city/town/state) and the number of guest that you are having I am sure that you will get many suggestions here on the board.
Check the classifieds here if you can find an inexpensive planner in your area that may have good relationships with vendors this can save you time and money.
Warmest Planning Wishes
Post # 8
I was in the same situation, except we were engaged before he left for basic (he’s in the USAF too ). We didn’t set a date or anything til after we found out how long he was going to be in tech school. Turns out he is going to be stationed overseas. So to get on his orders, we’re getting married at the court house when i visit him in school and then having a ceremony when he comes home after graduation. That way I can go with him.
I would look at dresses, rings, think about who you want to invite, colors, flowers, maybe even look at cakes. come up with a budget and look at venues.
Post # 9
I was actually going to suggest what ashmarie89 did–could you maybe do a courthouse wedding to make it legal and then have a ceremony with the whole shebang later, so that you don’t have to rush and can have the wedding you really want?
Post # 10
Usually I would say pick your venue first. But, what are the top things that will make it “classy and fun” for you? How many people will you likely have? Maybe have your list ready to go? Would you pick a venue that has everything included? Or would you rather pick your decor theme/colors? Definitely start dress shopping, 🙂 Have fun!!
Post # 11
This is my life! My fiancé is in the air force and stationed out of the country we want to get married before he goes to his next base so Ican move with him. So once he gets his orders it’ll leave us at most 2 months to throw it all together I’m trying to plan ahead but I know it’s gonna be hard to find a venue at such short notice. How did it go for all of you? Any advice?
Post # 12
I am currently starting to plan my reception since the hubby and I got married in court before he deployed. I haven’t confirmed this yet but I am pretty sure that if you talk to the venue you want and explain the situation most will at least give you your deposit back in full if you need to cancel because of his orders. I would pick a date that you think will work and plan away, making sure every venendor knows you may have to change and they are willing to work with that.
Post # 13
I don’t know how the planning is going but I was going to suggest planning everything out a head of time and make a list of any possible venue which you could use. Once you have confirmed dates he has leave book one.
I would personally suggest trying to go for some less conventional even look into an outdoor wedding using a local park most are available and you could rent seating and covers from a party rental place.