(Closed) How Long Do You Think It Takes To Plan A Wedding?

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  • Post # 3
    1049 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I planned my wedding in 12 months and got the date I wanted, all my first choice vendors, etc. I was a little pressed for time, but I had a wedding planner so it wasn’t overly stressful.

    Post # 4
    2953 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @chelseakayd:  I started planning mine 18 mos. out but it only took two months to shore up every single vendor. If you can be flexible and have less time, you can do it in 2 months or less, no problems.

    Post # 5
    3146 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It takes the most time to get the vendors you want. We booked that 11-12 months out. Then I basically did nothing for 8 months or so. It picked back up a few months before the actual wedding

    Post # 6
    1262 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

    @chelseakayd:  I would say it depends what you are looking for and when. If you are looking to book a popular venue in the middle of high season, then longer (some places book up 1.5 years prior). If you are flexible about a lot of things then not very long (I’m sure someone could plan it in 1-2 weeks).

    ETA: Mine will be in a little less than a year and most places are not really booked for then right now, but it could also be because we have been looking at a Friday in October.

    Post # 7
    7960 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @chelseakayd:  i planned mine in 5 months from outside the country.  i easily could have done it in a month.

    when my brother got married a number of years ago, i planned his reception in 4 days.

    Post # 8
    175 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I’m currently in the middle of planning my wedding and it’s 71 days away!

    Really started planning mid September so about 4 months total. Having a winter wedding and being extremely flexible makes things quite easy.

    My best friend was married last Friday and planned in 3 months.

    Post # 9
    7979 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    planned mine in 8 months.

    booked all my vendors in first 3 months, then nothing,

    then last 2 months were busy.


    Post # 10
    1637 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    i have an 8 month engagement and the past month i’ve done nothing other than a few accessory purchases.  I would say you could do it in 6 as long as you don’t live in a region where venues are booked way far in advance.  There are many days in my “short” engagement where I’m searching for something to do,  and I have a VERY busy career and personal life…. 


    Post # 11
    740 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

    Our planning time was determined by when our venue was next available.  So for us, it was necessary to start 15 months in advance

    Post # 12
    1451 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @chelseakayd:  Ours took 13 months.  We probably could have gotten away with 11 months but our venue booked fast and so did the DJ so that is why we pretty much had everything else booked then too.  After we booked the big things, venue, DJ, photog, Florist, and Cake lady we took a 4-5 months break and did nothing! lol

    Post # 13
    4996 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    It totally depends on your expectations. You could plan a wedding in Vegas with vendors and all this weekend. But if you’re unwilling to compromise on price, location or other details I’d say 6 – 12 months is best. 

    Post # 14
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Ours took like 18 months and I still feel like I could have used more time. I don’t know why, because it’s not like I DIYed anything, it’s just that I’m a procrastinator. lol.

    Post # 15
    203 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Personally, I think planning a wedding is one of those activities that takes as long as you have.

    I have had 2 years and so far its been a very leasurely activity, however, I fully believe you could plan the exact same wedding in 4-6 months if you wanted to.

    The only reason I’m grateful for this long engagement is because it has given us freedom to really research vendors, the closer you get to a summer wedding the more likely several vendors are already booked.

    Post # 16
    5191 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    In this area, to have a Saturday wedding in the typical wedding season (April-October) and your choice of vendors, you need to plan at least 18 months in advance.

    I had a Sunday wedding in October and started planning a year out. Several of my first choice vendors were already booked that far ahead.

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