Post # 17
@Meliss- 21 salons?! Good grief! I thought 6 for me was a lot… hahaha. wooow.
I got engaged Sept. 09, and we’re getting married May 2010. I still don’t have a lot of the big stuff, like a venue, but I’m not too worried about it. Maybe it’s regional? and budget. We have like a 3k budget, so it’s only about 100 guests and finding a place like that means knowing someone. And we have a lot of people helping. So I would say it can be done in 3-6 months.
Same here, i spent the first three months just looking at stuff and not making definite plans. I didn’t get my dress until a couple weeks ago.
Post # 18
Even though weve been engaged for 4 months, we really didnt start fully planning everything until just a few weeks ago and were getting married in August. And pretty much everything is done except for cake, food and flowers/decorations. We sometimes say that we really didnt need this much time and we just want the day to get here! But I can understand why it can take longer…especially if planning a Destination Wedding
Post # 19
it you had to, you could plan it in one or less. it really doesn’t take that long to make those decisions. What adds time is the availability of vendors, ordering dresses, and making DIY projects.
I am planning over the course of 21 months. This was perfect for me because I get to tackle one thing at a time with no rush or stress. We booked our big vendors early and there was just no rush. As much as I want to be married, I would not change the planning timeline for anything.
Post # 20
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I’ll have been engaged for 18 months by the time of the wedding, and the only thing I did until 9 months out was book the venue (did that with 15 months to go, then did NOTHING for six months). I think the ideal amount of time, assuming you don’t get married in May or June when venues get all booked up fast, is 7-9 months. If I’d have realized we could do it so fast, we’d be married already!
Post # 21
@Sept2610 – Yeah, 21 salons, I know… I thought it was around a dozen until a bee asked for local recommendations and I sat down and made a list. If I could do it all over again, I’d just find a good seamstress and have the dress made. I had an image in my head when I started and I just couldn’t find it anywhere, it drove me NUTZ. Stuff I didn’t know anything about was much easier, like the florist. “Um, flowers? Yeah they all look pretty, so whatever you do is fine” 🙂
Post # 22
I am a new associate at a private law firm, so I work from 8 am until 6 pm on good days (you don’t want to know about bad days) and I work at least 4 hours most weekends. None of my family is on this side of the county, two of three BMs are back East, and the Maid/Matron of Honor here is in the same work situation.
So, I hired a planner. Best. Idea. Ever.
And we will have been planning for the wedding in about 7 months total. All you need is legwork and decisiveness. Really, just deciseveness.
Post # 23
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
It definitely depends on the wedding, but I’d say 9-12 months is good. It’s long enough that you won’t be super stressed, but short enough that there isn’t a ton of time where you have NOTHING to do (like with my 18 month engagement, lol)
Post # 24
I would say at least 6 months if you don’t want to go too crazy. We’re planning everything with 8 months time. And so far I could see why people suggest a year, there a lot of things that took more time than we thought it would, especially since we’re on a tight budget.
Post # 25
We started planning about 9 months out and booked the venue and caterer at that point. I also knew who our florist would be since she is a friend of ours. Purchased my dress at 6 months. And with 5 months left, we just booked our musicians, officiant and restaurant for the rehearsal dinner.
Post # 26
I think it’s totally a personal decision. You can plan a wedding in six months, but I would not want to do it. Fiance and I are having an 18 month engagement. I have liked having so much time to plan, but at times it has seemed like too much time!
My friend is planning her wedding in six months because her Fiance is in the military, so it can be done!
I think 12 months is a good amount of time.
Post # 27
our engagement is exactly two years from the day he proposed…we’re very very busy with our jobs though.
Post # 28
I think you can plan a wedding in a few weeks if you really want to! All you need for a wedding is you, your future spouse, an officiant and something to make it celebratory, and that can mean different things to different people – a cake, champagne, flowers, a wedding gown, all of the above. You can get all of those things I just listed on fairly short notice, though it might be hectic.
But if you want the dream venue, the awesome caterer, the popular DJ, the amazing photographer, the custom-fitted dress, the well thought out guest list – you’ll need about 9 months. Any less than that, locations and vendors get booked up, and if you go under 4 months or so, I can’t imagine it would be very easy to carefully plan out your guest list, get invitations, address them and get RSVPs in time.
We started planning our wedding about 13 months in advance because I really wanted to make sure we got the best vendors. If we had waited a couple more months, our incredible photographer would have been all booked, because most people start planning weddings a year in advance. So that really has to be taken into consideration. Ultimately, its about what’s important to you. If a traditional wedding with all the bells and whistles is what you want, I would say to get started no later than 9 months out.
Post # 29
Point blank, I’d say it depends on how fussy you are. 🙂
Post # 30
Forever if you’re me… lol.
It depends on how much detail you want… how indecisive you are… avalible $… avalible time…
If you have your heart set on specific popular photographers or venues, then you should definately book those in as far in advance as possible. Its unlikely you’ll get the location of your dreams (and that of many other girls) in 3 months advance.
Post # 31
I’m hoping it only takes 6-9 months, because that’s all the time I have!