Post # 1
I am currently finishing my sophomore year of college, and my fiancee and I will graduate at the same time in the Spring of 2013. We plan to get married about a month later, in June of 2013. We are both from the same city, but our college is four hours away from there, which makes planning a wedding in our home town during college a bit difficult…
I still have two years to plan my wedding, but only 7 months total time outside of school. Does anyone have some advice for planning a wedding during school?
Post # 3
Hmmmm… One thing I would do for sure is plan out time in your schedule for when you’re going to do/look at/think about wedding stuff and when that block is up move back to your regular/school stuff.
Everything you need to get done WILL get done I promise….. BUT if you don’t mark out time with a “cap” on it wedding stuff can take rule and the that WON’T be good.
Also get your self a good wedding checklist and just look at it periodically to get it and the time you’ve scheduled to line up 😉
I think that this is DEFINITELY possible to work great, you just have to be a little more deliberate and structured in doing it =)
Post # 4
It will be hectic. Things that worked well for me: setting up meetings with vendors before getting into the wedding town. Before going home for Christmas break we arranged to meet with the photographer, DJ, florist, reception venue, caterer for food tasting, bakers for cake tasting, bridal gown store, and tux place. We had a lot of meetings in those two weeks but still managed to have an amazing time with family and accomplish a lot because it was so well planned out.
Things that didn’t work well for me: leaving details until the last minute and not involving more people who were willing to help earlier on. My wedding is 12 days after my last final and 5 days after my fiance’s last final. In addition to school I’m working, putting together my app. for grad school, and studying for the MCAT. Definitely stressed and a lot of it could have been avoided if I hadn’t procrastinated on wedding things. You’ll have a month after school ends but I’d still suggest pacing before that. We had a 2 year engagement and although it seemed silly to start some things way in advanced it may have helped my sanity now. Good luck and congratulations!
Post # 5
Do you have some people that you really trust that have similar tastes (in your hometown) that might be able to help you out? Even if it’s just that they can scope out a few options for you, such as cakes, flowers, venues, and tell you which ones would be the best to check out when you do make it home. That’s what I’ll probably be doing since we won’t be getting married where we currently live. If someone can say “Here, I narrowed the options down to 1,2,3 and elimated 4,5,6” then even that can really help.
Post # 6
I’m also a full time student, as is my fiance, and we’re getting married about 4 months into my final year of pharmacy school. He’ll be done by then, but I can say from experience (so far) that you’ll find time to do wedding related things. If you’re someone who works better on a schedule, just set aside an hour or two a week to get things done (DIY projects, research, etc). If you’re anything like me, though, you’ll have to do the opposite and RESTRICT yourself from spending too much time drooling over other peoples’ wedding ideas, DIY projects, etc. As for planning your wedding from afar, I am also doing that, but have found it actually not too bad–we’re not throwing an extravagant formal affair, so many of the things we’re doing are going to be brought with us from where we’re coming from. Again, you’ll definitely find time to do wedding stuff–I dont know how much you really study, but I didnt study much in my undergrad days, except around finals time:) Good luck!
Post # 7
Spread things out over the next two years. FH and I are living in our college town, having the wedding in a city an hour+ north of us and grew up in cities 4-24 hours away. Spreading meetings out made it so I wasn’t overwhelmed while working on my degree. And don’t let the wedding take precedence over your school work. You can ask others for help with your wedding- it’s less ethical to do the same for school.
(We’ve planned the wedding in a year with only about 6 weeks when I’m actually not in class/field school/internship/school trip- it’s definitely doable)
Post # 8
@runsyellowlites: thank you so much for the advice =) I work very well on a schedule, so making a check-list is a must!
@MayFlower0514: Christmas break is going to be a great time to get some things done. Procrastinating doesn’t sound fun, especially with your busy schedule! And I’m sure your wedding will be perfect, even though you had a stressful road to get there! =)
@mg1363: my mother and I have very similar taste, and she is always giving me some ideas =) I will definitely be asking some friends and family for help, and hopefully I don’t depend on them too much! Thanks!
@sco.ang: Realistically, I don’t study as much as I should =) Our wedding isn’t going to be too formal either, and I’m sure I can make time to plan. It just seems so daunting at this point!!
@Knubbsy-Wubbsy:THis is great advice. I wasn’t sure if planning my wedding two years out would be a good idea or not, but I don’t think my taste will change too much in that time. I definitely need to space everything out.
Thanks for the advice, everyone!
Does anyone think that beginning my planning two years in advance is a bit too early?
Post # 9
I’m doing the same thing right now, I’m just trying to get as much done ahead of time as I can. I’m currently in this hoarding stage where I just buy anything I see in my wedding colors that’s a good bargain, haha. I’m doing a lot of DIY and working with as few vendors as possible so i really haven’t started looking at them yet, but I figure I have some time still. I’ve ordered my dress and started putting my fake flower decorations together. But I haven’t picked a wedding party yet so I can’t do Bridesmaid or Best Man stuff yet :p
Post # 10
I am a college student too, and I planned about 90% of my wedding last summer, because I knew I would not have time during Fall or Spring semester. It worked out fine. If you’re on top of things, you can easily plan meetings/tastings/etc around when you are going to be home.
Post # 11
Do everything you can as early as you can. I booked things early and got great deals, and I’ve done all my DIY projects during the summer months. Takes a little more planning and storage space, but it works!
Post # 12
@Butterbee: that sounds so hectic! How soon did you order your dress? I”m not sure when I should start looking for one. 2 years seems a little early to me, but I’m not sure.