(Closed) People who planned their wedding in a year?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 31
174 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

We are having 5 days less than a year (4 months to go) and it has been perfect. We have had plenty of time, sometimes TOO much time. We booked all the important things straight away (venue, photographer, honeymoon) and then planned our engagement party for a few months. We’re just starting to get close enough that we can start doing some DIY projects and planning some finer details. We’ve both really enjoyed our engagement and feel like it was the perfect amount of time. 

Post # 32
7639 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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chrissybee:  Easy, we did most of it in a few months, and the entire engagement was less than a year. 

The planning itself takes well under a year. The only reason you might need more than a year is for reservations. Especially, some of the best venues and photographers might be booked up more than a year in advance.

p.s. Nearly everyone a know had a less than 1 year engagement. I suspect statistics that say the average engagement is longer come from non-representative sources. (e.g. wedding planners).

Post # 33
3003 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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chrissybee:  Our engagement was 7.5 months. It was totally doable!

Post # 34
29 posts

We planned a lovely, fancy wedding in 4 months. We had to be really good at making decisions and sticking to them unless something was wrong or bad. A years seems like a lot of time to be able to do a good amount of research. 

Post # 35
5870 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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chrissybee:  I got engaged in December and married in May – 5.5 months.  For me, the short engagement was the best decision ever!  I didn’t have enough time to get sick of the whole thing.  Here are the qualities that I think made me a good candidate for a short engagement, maybe they’ll help you decide if it’s a fit for you:

 1) I had a decent amount of event planning experience, so I already knew how to approach the whole thing.  

2) I had been creeping on wedding blogs for a long time pre-engagement, so I already had a solid idea of what kind of wedding I wanted, what my priorities would be, the current trends, etc.  I already had an idea of some of the vendors I would be interested in and had read tons of tips and all that.

3) I knew that having extra time would just make me stress and second guess decisions.  For me it was freeing to have my options limited a little bit so that I could make a decision and move on!  

4) I knew I didn’t want to do a lot of little details and DIY.  In the end I only DIY’d my wedding website, email Save the Dates, escort cards, welcome packages, and vows.  And none of those things were terribly fancy!

5) Durring that time period I wasn’t especially stressed with anything else.  I had a full-time job, but it wasn’t overly demanding and I wasn’t trying to write the bar or anything.

6) I alredy had the money part covered, no need to save up while planning.


Post # 36
1386 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We had a seven month engagement. We didn’t have any issues getting the vendors we wanted. I also bought a designer dress which six months to come in. Formal, etc. It was quite lovely. I was bored to tears. Once all the big stuff is booked the first month there isn’t much left to do. 

Post # 37
6949 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

we had ours in six months – no wedding planner.  The only things we really had to pin down quickly were the venue (awesome) and the photographer (wish we’d had more time to choose).  We did our own catering and kept the wedding small and casual.  It was a bit stressful toward the end, but worth it as it fit our personalities too well and I wasn’t planning on waiting any longer!  Just be sure to stay organized, plan out what you need and what you can spend.  Don’t go into debt over it.  You can have a lovely wedding for cheap or you can have a ‘not good enough’ one based on going nuts on Pinterest or similar.

Post # 38
4242 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We took 8 months to plan and it was plenty of time.  I really wasn’t stressed out in terms of planning…I had stress but that came from other aspects of the wedding, namely my family.  I found vendors no problem.  I really don’t understand why people assume they need so much time to plan a wedding…

Post # 39
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - St. John\'s Lutheran Church

My engagement will be exactly a year. I don’t feel rushed at all. I just try not to waffle about decisions and so far everything has been working out perfectly.

Post # 40
2539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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chrissybee:  I planned it in 10 months. It wasn’t hectic per se, just one thing after the next with no breaks really. Just keep organized and on pace. I liked the wedding wire tracker. Kept me on track.

Post # 41
2013 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I planned mine in 11 months. It was hectic at times, but manageable. Book your venue ASAP, especially if you have a specific date in mind. Our venue wasn a hotel so it included the ceremony room, reception hall, catering, alcohol, waitstaff, bridal salon, wedding coordinator, etc. which made things very easy for me. I found my dress early on to make sure it would be ready in time. My SIL actually planned hers in 7 months, so a year can totally be done!

Post # 42
4061 posts
Honey bee

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chrissybee:  Not hectic at all. I easily had 4 or 5 months where I wasn’t doing anything at all. If you book all the major vendors right away (which you should anyway because that crap is competitive), then there isn’t much to do until you’re a few months out.

Post # 43
280 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

About 10 months of actual planning and it’s been total do-able up until these last few weeks that have gotten hectic. A lot will depend on where you are and what time of year you want to get married. Around here Fall dates were more booked than summer dates, when I went looking for photographers in January, two of my top choices were booked for October already.

I have a friend who planned her wedding in sixth months, and a lot of her planning was helped by the fact that she was planning her wedding on a Saturday in December. For example since her venue didn’t have a wedding that weekened when she booked sixth months out she got a better deal on the place. 

Post # 44
320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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chrissybee:  We started planning in late June/July. We’re getting married in January and I feel like we are very ahead of schedule. Some people start so ahead if you’re getting married in “peak wedding season” because vendors get booked up pretty fast.

Post # 45
7265 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I planned my wedding in 9 months. We had a full ceremony + reception for over 200 people. Are there a lot of details to planning a wedding? Yes, but in all honesty it’s not rocket science and I’ve never understood how people felt like wedding planning was so stressful. Maybe it’s because I’m in the industry, but even if I weren’t – I just don’t think it’s that hard. 

The first thing you need to do is make your guest list, and get a budget. Your guest list is going to determine EVERYTHING – it’s a factor in the size venue you pick, and affects the pricing on all your small details (table rentals, chair rentals, linens, food, bar, etc). From there, you research vendors and get pricing – you’re able to determine if it’s within your budget or if you need to scale back. 

The only major problem with having a short engagement is availability of vendors….but even that depends on when you’re getting married. Speaking as a wedding photographer, our PRIME months are May/June & September/October – those dates go well over a year out. 

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