Post # 1
My guy and I are hoping to get married in September but we are not making an engagement “official” until I have a job and it’s also a little hairy since there’s visa and immigration stuff (we plan to get married and then file a CR-1…NOT AOS because that’s just sketch…and then he’ll go back to his home country to complete the process so please no comments about visa fraud…we have researched and we know our plan is the legal and ethical way).
We want to have a very simple wedding in a state park in my home state of Wisconsin. Probably between 30-50 people in attendence. No bridal party except the Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man. Food will be gourmet burgers or cheap catering. Entertainment will be yard games (frisbee, croquet, etc) and board games. They’ll be background music but we aren’t (and can’t) have a DJ. Neither of us are Christian so we want to be married by a judge. I don’t want a wedding dress, just a simple white sundress. A friend can do the photography.
It sounds like a lot of these parks have enclosed pavilions that can be rented for 80-100 dollars. I’ don’t know how quickly they get rented out and if I should grab one up now (and if plans change I would only lose out on like 50 dollars).
What do the Bees think? What should my timeline be for planning?
Post # 3
You could easily plan this in a month or two. Most time crunched part is invitations and finding an officiant. Go go go!
Post # 4
(I’m planning a fairly large wedding in 4 months! 99 days to go!)
Post # 5
@worldtraveler: I think there is plenty of time. I am getting married in August. Nearly everything is booked/purchased and I did it in 1 month. My main concern would be getting out invites or Save-The-Date Cards and being sure you book the venue ahead of time. Not sure if state parks are popular places in September, but if you wait to long, it could be booked. Also, photogs tend to book early, so you may want to look into that now…
Post # 6
@worldtraveler: Depending how dedicated you are to planning, how many details you are hoping to incorporate, and your budet, a small wedding will be very easy to do. I think if you have down time right now plan plan plan. Andactully start putting details into place. If you are not a picky bride you can plan a 50 person wedding in a month. If you want to put in alot of DIY decor, I would start as soon as you can so you have time to make adjustments. Think of your top piorities as get them out of the way so you can rest assured they are complete.
Post # 7
Thanks for the replies.
I ended up spending some time yesterday researching officiants and aside from judges, we have a few more options (like Universal Unitarian ministers). I don’t now how far ahead you have to start talking to officiants though…
I have hobby photographer friends and family who I hope might be able to do the pictures for us. If that doesn’t work, I figure I can find a college photography student or something, so I’m not worried about that. I don’t need professional quality, just nice.
I’m thinking once we finalize the date, we could do email Save-The-Date Cards. Is that completely tacky? If so, we could probably skip the Save-The-Date Cards altogether since this will probably be mostly a local crowd.
Decor…I was thinking minimal decor since the great outdoors will be our decor (early fall is WI is beautiful). Anything we end up needing we could probably get from the dollar store.
If I haven’t gotten a job offer within the next month, I will probably break down and rent a pavilion, and deal with parting with the 50 dollars if the date doesn’t work out.
I’m projecting that my biggest expenses will be officiant, food/drink and chair rental.
I’m really not after having a fancy wedding. My priorities are comfort of my guests (plenty of food and drinks, entertainment, providing parking passes, adequete seating and that they are not miserably hot or cold…the last one will be a toughest to achieve), not breaking the bank and marrying the man I love.
Post # 9
My cousin actually planned her wedding in less than 6 weeks. They decided they wanted to get married because of her pregnancy and also concerning some immagration issues. At first she planned to just elope and than it turned into a whole wedding with 50+ guests, cake, bouquets, a wedding dress, catering, photographer etc.
It was a great wedding actually, so I think it will be very possible to plan your wedding at short notice. As long as you are a little flexible about what your vendors.