Post # 1
I got my undergrad degree in social work. I have been moving up the ladder at a non profit for 6 years. When my fiance proposed, i started getting worried. I just don’t think my job would be good once I had kids, i think it would be too stressful.
I’d love to be in a school setting and have thought about going back to get my masters for a while now. I dont want to wait another year until after our wedding, but i’m concerned that I won’t be able to work full time, go to school, do homework and wedding plan. My fiance is great and I know hed help out, but i’m a worry wart and I wonder how i’d do it all. Then of course I worry about finding a job when its all done, plus in two years when the program is over i’d have to quit my job and do my internship which would mean struggling financially for 6 months.
Anyone doing grad school and wedding planning now? Any tips or words for the wise? I want to enjoy wedding planning to its fullest, however I worry that when its over i’d be angry I put everything else on hold for it/
p.s. the program is one night a week, one class at a time. Masters in education, school counseling.
Post # 3
I’ve been planning my wedding while getting my master’s for a year now. Totally do-able!!!
Post # 4
I think a lot of your worries would actually be with the DIY projects and initial visits to vendors and such. Do you foresee having a lot of homework or some kind of practicum that will require a lot of your evenings and weekends? I did my Master’s in Library Science while working 40 hours a week (about 2-3 nights of class a week) and never felt overwhelmed, but I kept up with my reading when I could.
If you are on top of your work and prioritize well, I think you would be *fine* to do this. Just don’t let yourself get too carried away with DIY and items requiring more of your time than you can give.
Post # 5
I planned our wedding during my 3rd and 4th years of medical school. If I can do it, you can do it! Good luck. 🙂
Post # 6
Wedding planning gets stressful at times but if you do wedding stuff when you have time I haven’t found it too bad!
I am a full-time PhD student, have 2 part-time jobs and I am planning a wedding!
I have just learnt to be very proactive, very productive and very organized!
Post # 7
It’s doable, provided you are willing to take a relatively relaxed attitude toward the wedding. My first wedding occured while I was working full-time and going to law school ¾ time. However, I didn’t try to DIY a bunch of stuff. We had the wedding in a synagogue, and the reception was a lunch reception at a nearby restaurant. That way, I wasn’t dealing with 100 different vendors for venue, food, linens, etc. We didn’t make any attempt to decorate our venues more than they were already decorated.
Post # 8
It’s doable, but I know I’m able to do a lot of DIY projects because I’m having a summer wedding and I’m not taking any summer classes right now.
We had originally wanted an October wedding, but I would’ve been doing school full-time plus a 30 hour a week practicum, and there was no way I would be able to enjoy wedding planning and the wedding itself if we had stuck to that plan.
Post # 9
it’s definitely doable! i did my entire first year of grad school while wedding planning. i’m taking a quarter off right now (july-january) so i don’t have to miss classes with the honeymoon. it really REALLY helps if your fiance is into wedding planning and will take on a lot of projects himself. my fiance put together all 160 invites while i was studying for my summer class.
Post # 10
Yes, but it helps that we have a year to plan!
I’m in the dissertation stage of my graduate career so i have the flexibility to be available for planning.
I have a lot of DIY in my wedding, but it’s kind of nice to do something concrete and tangible after staring at data and reading esoteric articles all day.
If you want to go to grad school, don’t let wedding planning stop you! There is never a perfect time for these things.
Post # 11
i’ve just started my grad program in May! I am currently taking 2 classes a week, which between the two meet M-R and I work full time! The wedding planning is turning out to be something that not only takes my mind off my workload, but that also is fun and exciting!
I am going to school full time starting in September (4 classes…..yes, I’m crazy haha) and I know it will be stressful, but I’m looking forward to the wedding (which will be 2 weeks after I finish) it’s what keeps me going!
Planning while in Grad School is completely doable as long as you have good time management and try to stay away from Wedding Bee! haha 🙂 Ususally I’m on here and should be studying.
You have a little while to plan too! So keep that in mind!
Post # 12
I wish I had anticipated going back to school because they give summers off of school. So had I know and planned right, I should have done like August instead of May. I am a very hard worker, and extremely extremely organized. For the wedding I already have my venue, photographer, florist, cake baker, dress, bm dresses, tuxes picked out, gifts for the attendants almost done, music almost picked out, etc….. I try to tell myself that now I will have a bit of a lull so I can aclimate to school when it starts in Sept. I have a few DIY things, invites, programs, etc. Nothing too crazy and just the “normal” venders.
After waiting so long to get married I never thought I’d have to share some of my attention. However I figure at least when the wedding is over, hopefully I won’t have too much let down because i’ll be half way done with school! I guess i’m just used to giving 100 percent at work etc. I have a very stressful job( I work in a school with kids who yell and swear at me, but I don’t have the perks like summers off becasue i’m non profit) so I just hope i’m able to handle it all.
You guys are wonderful thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. If you can do it, so can I! 🙂
Post # 13
I’m on board with everyone else. I work full-time and am in grad school full time getting my master’s in nonprofit management. My Fiance proposed about 6 months into my program.
As long as you are organized, you can do it but you will have to sacrifice other things. I can’t remember the last time I went out and I seldom see my friends because I’m holed up in my house on the weekends writing papers.
The best advice I can give you is use your time wisely and it will all work out!
Post # 14
If you’re only going 1 night a week and doing 1 class at a time, then I don’t think it’ll be that hard for you to balance everything. You might want to be extra focused on wedding stuff during breaks, so that you can put school as your top priority during classes.
I’m currently taking 2 grad classes a week (6 credit hours), and it’s really not been a problem at all. (just have to limit my time on weddingbee sometimes 😉
Post # 15
I’m in grad school and wedding planning. Very very doable! Good luck!!!
Post # 16
Yes, totally doable My fiance proposed a week after I started my grad program! I took two classes spring semester and a summer course and while some of my wedding planning has been pushed back a bit, things are moving along just fine. Sometimes it’s hard to focus on school though when you just want to do fun wedding stuff!