(Closed) For those of you who planned/are planning your wedding all by yourself?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I had a year and a half to plan a simple wedding by myself.  My family only lives five hours away, but they could honestly care less about the whole affair even though it is an easy one.  Plus, I am a little type A, so not even sure I would want their help hehe.  Dear Fiance helped me tie ribbon on the invites, but that’s about it since he is a pilot and rarely home.  You can TOTALLY do it yourself, but checklists are key!  Figure out what needs to happen each month, and enlist your honey’s help when you can or when he is willing. 

Post # 4
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501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think you can do it.

You also have many online resources (Weddingbee is one)!!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You can do it. I had a year. I live in NYC and planned my wedding ipro take place in FL. I did everything. Just breathe and do one thing at a time. I reserved the venue, dj,  pastor and photographer right away. Those get booked up, fast. Then everything else will fall into place enjoy it. It goes soooo fast 

Post # 6
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662 posts
Busy bee

I think you can do it as long as you organize right and make spreadsheets and timelines.  Organization is key.  Good luck.

And remember, you ALWAYS have the Bees!!

Post # 9
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540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If you google “month by month wedding checklist,” you will find a lot of ready-made resources…no need to re-create the wheel.  🙂

Post # 10
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4193 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Absolutely- I’m doing this myself. I’m getting feedback, but it’s a LOT easier this way.

Just don’t bite off more than you can chew- meaning, don’t give yourself 50 DIY projects that will take over a week each. Spreadsheets and google docs are your best friend. And don’t let the wedding checklists freak you out- we’re having a 6 month engagement, and apparently we were supposed to have the caterer booked at month 8. Oh well! :)-

Post # 11
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3520 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

It is absolutely possible. I planned two days of events, 250 people total… With DIY projects!

One trick is to not go nuts early on. You will change your mind as you go. Start an idea board and see what you keep going back to. Make a mockup of your table at home and keep tweaking it. Get as much from the dollar store as possible, little by little.

Good luck!

Post # 12
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254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hire a wedding coordinator. Best money I ever spent..best vendor to date. I don’t mind bugging her with all my ideas, she’s sourced my vendors for me, and gives me input from my dress to my favors to everything. And I don’t mind talking to her or worrying about taking up her time..I’m paying her for it its her job. Other than that I’m in the same situation, family on both sides are super far away and my bridal party is in another state.

Its doeble..good luck!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you absolutely can do it… And at the same time, it really depends on what you want, and to some degree in your budget. I’m not planning entirely by myself, but to be honest, no one else has done anything that would have saved me a lot of time. I’ve been in graduate school and working at the same time, and it has been fine, except when I get grumpy about not having help for emotional reasons, not logistical ones. If you don’t want to do a lot of DIY and you can be fairly decisive and stick to your plans, you’ve got it!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Yup, and it is probably easier without too many cooks in the kitchen 🙂 I’m 90% done with our 100 guest semi-DW August wedding (engaged in September, started in November) and I did it all with a 2 year old and a demanding FT job. Stay organized with spreadsheets, use online resources, start early, and ask for help when you need it. And congrats!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Completely possible. I’ve had *very* little input from anyone else at all and I’m planning a wedding that will be two time zones away from where I live right now. My Fiance helped choose the venue, my mom and sister helped choose the dress, and my step-mom is making the cake. That’s it. I don’t think anyone even knows more than a few scattered details about any of my plans for color/theme/decorations/anything. I am a many, many hour flight away from any of my friends or family, my Fiance works all the time, and honestly, I am having so much fun getting to do things *my* way and having this be totally *my* vision. I haven’t felt too overwhelmed at all. Weddingbee, pinterest, and lots of wedding blogs have helped me a lot, and the big key for me has been to stay very organized– lots of lists of deadlines for things, what I need to get done, etc.

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