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

posted 9 years ago in Married Life
  • poll: How early is TOO early to begin reserving venues, determining color scheme & style, etc?

    less than 6 months

    6-9 months

    a whole year

    more than a year

  • Post # 17
    3240 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We were engaged for 17 months. The wedding certainly could have been planned in less time, but the extra time allowed me to figure out what we both wanted for the wedding day. The wedding planning kind of went in waves, so there was plenty of time in that 17 months where I wasnt doing any actively with the wedding.

    Post # 18
    51 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2011 - Blossom Heath

    We were engaged for 15 months and while I can’t say I was in full planning mode the entire time that time definitely allowed us to get 1-2 things accomplished a month so that we could actually enjoy the process.

    Post # 19
    597 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    We picked our church in the spring(April/May), But we kept it secret for awhile. Then, we searched for the venue and found it in early summer. I got my dress in the summer. Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses early fall. THen I planned my cake, DJ, flowers, last. We got married in December. So although the church was picked out and the date was set like 8 months in advance, the planning was mostly done in 6 mths or less! I liked that better;)

    Post # 20
    1277 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    Took less then 6 months….Venue had the best all inclusive package so all we had to do was meet with the vendors and make the final decision…was the best part of the wedding planning process.


    Post # 21
    773 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    We started planning ours like over a yr in advance.  I coudl ahve totally done it in less time, but I got my pick of vendors and I go tto REALLY take my mine.  I was in school FT and working FT iso planning to early made it so I didn’t have to stress as much. 

    Post # 22
    4883 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’ll have been engaged 16 months by the time we get married and I could absolutely have done this in about 8 months’ time.

    Post # 23
    2699 posts
    Sugar bee

    We were engaged on November 14th, and got married Oct. 1st the following year, so a little under a year. We could have done it in a shorter amount of time, but we both work full time and have side jobs as well. It was easier to space it out, as well as save money as you go. We didn’t have any “wedding” money saved when we got engaged so it was good for us to pay as we went.

    Post # 24
    6995 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    by the time we picked a date we had 5 months to plan – it was either do it in february or wait till my brother got home from deployment (last week!) i’m glad we went ahead and planned and got married, i could not imagine still being unwed and planning haha – 5 months was just the right amount of time to get everything done – the pro to this was that i didnt have much time to dwell on things, i had to make decisions quick which was really a lot less stressful than i would have though the only con i found was that i didnt have the time to research as much as i would have liked (particularly for wedding dresses – i loved loved my dress but felt rushed in my purchase since most salons need at least 6 months to order and recieve a dress)

    Post # 25
    1550 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    one year exactly, almost down to the day.

    could not have done it in any less time, because i was working full time and in school full time. we also saved a lot of money over that time.

    Post # 26
    2467 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    we were engaged about 9 months, but i would have liked to have longer because a lot of vendors–mostly venues and photographers–were already booked by the time we contacted them (which was basically right away). so it depends a little on your area and if you’re getting married during a busy time.

    Post # 27
    10713 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m not done planning but if I didn’t have this entire year I would have lost my marbles. Having a long (year and a half) engagement was nice- we could take breaks when it gets to be too much. 

    Post # 28
    2392 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We booked our venue 15 months ahead of time and it was the last free weekend our month (and August was totally booked already by then).  I think it depends a lot on place.  Some parts of Northern California  or NY (according to friends who got married there), fill up WAY in advance.  We talked to a photographer 13 months ahead of time who was already booked for our date.  I think more than 18 months is probably a little too early, unless you’re looking somewhere really in demand.

    Post # 29
    1660 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We planned our wedding in 3.5 months, from 2000 miles away. It was enough time, though we (mostly I) were working on wedding stuff pretty much every weekend and some friends and family weren’t able to make it. I liked planning it that way though… I was forced to make decisions rather than waiver back and forth forever (as I like to do). It was a little stressful the last few weeks. You won’t have that issue though, since you have plenty of time. You’re less than a year out, so I think now is a good time to start looking for venue, photographer, dj/band, etc. Once you know your venue, you can choose a dress, hairstyle, etc. You can probably wait awhile to choose colors, save the dates, etc. if you think your vision might change a bit.  Good luck!

    Post # 30
    2495 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I was engaged for 7 months, but planned it in 5-6.

    Post # 31
    566 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Engaged 7 months, but we didn’t set a date until a month in – so planning was about 6 months. I wouldn’t have survived if it had been any longer… between a new job, wedding planning, and buying a house at the same time, I was just ready for everything to be over so we could have a normal life.

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