(Closed) How long did you take to plan your wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Married Life
  • poll: How early is TOO early to begin reserving venues, determining color scheme & style, etc?
    less than 6 months : (26 votes)
    20 %
    6-9 months : (31 votes)
    24 %
    a whole year : (29 votes)
    22 %
    more than a year : (44 votes)
    34 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    It took me 11 months but I honestly could’ve done it in 9 months. Actually around the 9 month mark I was finished with pretty much everything. I think a year is the perfect amount of time to plan your wedding! I would start looking for a dress in December or January. And don’t worry so much about dress styles, they aren’t going to change drastically from one year to the next. Also don’t worry about color scheme or save the dates or anything yet. You still have a little ways for that! You send your Save-The-Date Cards about 6-8 months before the wedding and by that time you might have a better idea about color or style. All of the other color choices and style choices really come later but can be based off the STD or don’t even need to match it!

    Post # 4
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    1493 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    10 months for us. It probably could have taken a month or two less, but we had plenty of lulls in planning. At one point, it felt like it would take forever to get to October. I still look forward to October in general. 

    Post # 5
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    3977 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Less than 5 months, but everything was really done in about 4

    Post # 6
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    3126 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    13 months. He had about 4 months of busy season at his work followed by 4-6 months of busy season at mine. We realistically did most of our planning in about 4 months.

    Post # 7
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    477 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    6 months.  Totally enough time.  

    Post # 8
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    9053 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We were engaged for nine months and it’s totally enough time if you don’t have your heart set on the most popular venue/photographer in town.

    Post # 9
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    7587 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    We were engaged for about 9 months and didn’t really start to do anything until we found our venue which was about 7 months before the wedding.  The only thing I would make sure you have done is your venue since September is a very popular time to get married. I got married in December so it wasn’t an issue.

    Post # 10
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    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I took a year but I wish I would have taken more time just researching and figuring out what I wanted. Right away I felt like I had to do everything, especially b/c I did a lot of DIY, and then after I did it I found something else I liked better.

    Post # 11
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    5797 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    17 months, but that was mostly because I was set on April or May and didn’t want to plan in 5 months. I reserved our venue 13 months out and it was already booking up. I liked having my pick of vendors and being able to focus on making one choice at a time but I also was not worried about changing my mind at all. I bought my dress over a year out and never had dress regret. I would start planning the big stuff now if I were you (venue, caterer, photog).

    Post # 12
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    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We had about 11 months, and I finished most of the major vendor booking/planning with 9 months to go. It was good to be prepared, but having a lot of time can make you question your decisions a bit! With a year to go, it’s good to book your major vendors (like the venue, photographer, etc) that can book up fast, but you have plenty of time to work on the smaller details.

    Post # 13
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    405 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We had 13 months and now that it’s about a month out I’m DYING to just be married already, damn it! There were 2 or 3 months in the middle where I literally did not think about the wedding at all, not even a little bit, and I’ve still had plenty of time to finish everything. 

    Post # 14
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We were engaged for 10 months and started planning immeadiately (all planning was completed long-distance too).  But we had a couple few months in the middle where there was literally nothing wedding related to do.

    Post # 15
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    1498 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I had 11 months from engagement to marriage. And it honestly took me every single bit. BUT if I had to I could have done 6-9…I just took my time! 🙂 lol

    Post # 16
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    316 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    It took more than a year. That was really only because I was excited and then lazy 🙂 I really took my time with a lot of stuff. I really think I could have planned this wedding in less than a year, but I really like that I got to relax when I started getting overwhelmed.

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