(Closed) How much time is really needed?

posted 11 years ago in Waiting
Post # 17
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I have managed to plan a wedding in 3 months. I am super organized and have probably been *quite* irratating but it is doable (and very stressful mind you). I knew exactly what I wanted which is the only way we are going to be able to pull off a 100 person, sit down dinner. I literally had the invites out 1 1/2 weeks after we got engaged haha. We lucked out and were able to have our first choice venue, nothing was booked for Labor Day weekend! Everyone thought Fiance and I were either a.) crazy or b.) pregnant. I can’t tell you how many people assume there is a bun in the oven b/c of the time crunch. The reality is, he is deploying and we could either do it in September or when he gets back from Iraq. So we chose September! And to be honest, I don’t think I’d do it any other way. I love that I don’t have to wait, I’m not the most patient of people…

Post # 18
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

As others have mentioned, it depends on a lot of things.  If you want your wedding during “wedding season” then you need at least a year.  We went to book our reception venue 1.5 years in advance and our original date was already taken. 

It also all depends how fast you actually have the desire to plan it in.  I wanted to take my time and therefore had a 2+ year engagement. 

Post # 19
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I had a year to plan my wedding but I did the majority of the planning in the last 6 months. I was still in school when we got engaged and since I was getting ready to graduate I didn’t even want to think about a wedding. Like everyone else has said before me, you really don’t need a whole year. Just make sure you are organized!

Post # 20
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I think I’ve had too much time. We’ve been engaged for a year and the wedding isn’t until next June. Of course, I didn’t start planning until this past May just because I’ve had an extremely busy year and it seemed.. early.

But, the one benefit is getting your first choice of vendors and venues. I’ve gotten some primo ones that I’m sure would’ve been booked had I waited till the 6 month mark (like serious wedding blog porn, oh yes).

It’s a mixed bag, I guess. A lot of time to get what you want, too much time to figure out what you want. I can’t nail down a color palette because I simply haven’t had to. It can be a little paralyzing.

Post # 21
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

We did ours in less than a year.  No problems or complaints at all.  If we had had more time, I think I would have been too indecisive and changed things about a billion times. 

I think the only problem you’d run into with less than a year is if you’re hoping to get married during a popular season in your area.  We managed to plan in like 8 months or so partially because November is not at all a popular wedding month around here.  Makes it a lot easier to book things.

Post # 22
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We planned ours in 5 months. We had talked about a date and some details before he proposed, but from proposal to wedding date it was 5 months and a week.

Depending on what city you live in, the size of your weddin, and how much help you will have, it is possible.

We just didn’t want to wait longer and worked hard to get it done in the time we set.

Post # 23
2342 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m getting married in Aruba in May 2010 and eveything is already planned, so now I’m just sitting waiting til the day!  So I think that if you have a destination wedding you could plan in less than 6 months, otherwise I think you would need time for the vendors if you do it in your hometown.

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