Post # 1
- Wedding: March 2017 - Nepal
Ok so my Fiance and I just got engaged October 19th and I am over the moon! The downer however is that I’m finishing my last semester of college and have sworn off all things wedding-related until December 20th. Clearly by this post I am already breaking my own rule. I am taking 18 units so even having time for sleep is questionable. I have always wanted an October wedding as it is my favorite month. I’m guessing this is why my Fiance proposed when he did. I was expecting it to be after graduation, but no complaints here! As I spent hours combing through the discussion boards last night I was shocked to see how many people, around a year+ out from their wedding, already have so much planned! So I’m wondering if having 9 months to plan a wedding is unrealistic? October 2015 is definitely out of the question because frankly I don’t have the patience to plan out a wedding for almost 2 years. I’m not planning to have a large wedding, I’m guessing 100 guests or less. I am, however, picky and like things done a certain way.
Post # 3
Totally doable. I planned our November wedding starting in May– less than 6 months. It wasn’t stressful or hard at all, and our wedding was great!
Post # 4
I planned my wedding in 6 months! However, just be realistic that some things really book up very, very fast (venues, photographers) and if your date is a popular one, you may be competing with all the post-Christmas engaged brides for vendors
Post # 5
I started planning our May wedding in December! So it’s definitely do-able!
Post # 6
@Schmashley: Nope. I got engaged in May and our wedding was 2 weeks ago.
Post # 7
Honestly, if your engagement is too long it’s just more time to drive yourself crazy. If you keep it tight you will need to make decisions and move on.
I had a short engagement and I honestly wouldn’t have wanted it any longer. It was long enough that I had time to book the big things and get them done, but short enough that I didn’t have time to 1) get sick of being engaged, or 2) make myself crazy by taking on a ton of unnessary details. Buying a dress of the rack was also SUPER liberating.
It did help that I’ve been stalking wedding boards for years and that I’ve done plenty of event organization. If you are doing a short engagement and you have the feeling that you’ll be helpless at this, you might want to enlist the help of a friend or wedding planner.
Post # 8
@BrandNewBride: me too! Engaged Dec 10th, married May 30th!
It’s so crazy to me to think that I haven’t even had an “engage-aversary” and I’ve alredy been married for nearly 6 months.
Post # 9
@Schmashley: Totally doable! I would just say to book your venue, caterer (if not included in the venue), and photographer pretty soon after you start planning just because October is still in the popular season for weddings. Everything else should be fine for you to take a little time!! (Unless you want like a super popular DJ or florist)
Post # 10
@Schmashley: we got engaged in Feb and married in Oct, but I really didn’t plan anything except the venue until about June. Totally doable, and I’m so glad we had a short engagement
Post # 11
How popular is October in your area? Around here, it would be fine – May, June and September are months that you would need to plan far in advance or be really flexible about your vendors and location.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
@Schmashley: Depends on the region you are in and what flexibility you have for date (like up where I am it may be a little more difficult to book in December but not impossible). I say this because while October is not as popular of a month as summer, you may have some difficulty because some times in October are absolutely gorgeous (leaves being bright colours, cooler, no humidity, etc.). Plus there are long weekends and plenty of Hallowe’en things that get booked. If you have particular venues in mind you might just want to email them to inquire about availability of October next year, but that doesn’t mean you have to do anything else. As long as you are slightly flexible itshould not be a problem!
Post # 13
You’ll be fine. Here are a few things to remember, though…
Make a planning checklist. Don’t freak out about the total number of items you need to complete. Just focus on what needs to be done in the next month or so. Before you know it, your planning will be done!
A smalller wedding takes just as much planning as a large one. Choosing a wedding cake flavor isn’t somehow faster or easier just because fewer people will be eating it.
Get your venues, photographer, and officiant first and as soon as you can. A DJ company may have more than one spinner, and a florist can definitely handle multiple events on the same day, but some vendors really can’t be shared. Lock ’em down early!
Post # 14
@Schmashley: Congrats! I believe that you can most definitely plan a beautiful wedding within that time frame. Just know which things you need to settle first, including venue, photographer, DJ. Everything else can even wait a bit longer.
Post # 15
Doable depending on what kind of wedding you’re planning/where you’re planning it. Our venue booked up 14 months in advance and our photographer booked up around the same time.
Post # 16
@Schmashley: I totally had my wedding planned in 9 months flat. We got engaged September 28th and we got married June 28th. We had no problem