It took me 10 months to plan my wedding. I could have done it in 6.
As long as you have a plan, it shouldn’t take that long!
We booked our venue 2 or 3 weeks after we got engaged, obviously setting a date… I bought my gown the week after that, and the weekend after that we were looking for invitations.
The invitations took a month, during that month, we set a guest list, finalized it and by the time the invitations came in, we were ready to go! Hubs and I assembled all 550 in one afternoon. Movies, Starbucks and unlimited cookies and that was that….
Took a few months off, booked the Dj somewhere in between, and all we had left were the favors, cake, flowers and alcohol. All we had to do is set one afternoon for each. The band we didn’t book, left that to the in laws.
Mind you, we were also at the same time, organizing a rehearsal henna party 2 nights before the wedding, for 200 people + or -.
Key thing to keep you grounded and relaxed, is to always look for stuff within your budget. If you know what to spend for each thing, and you focus on searching for things within that budget, it’ll make it a lot easier to make decisions and move forward.
I don’t necessarily agree that the more people and detail you want, the more time you need. We invited 550 people, had somewhere around 480 show up. It only made a difference in party favors and invitations (on my end. I know the caterers hated us a little…). It added a few more to each one. As far as detail? 1 or 2 extra center pieces. That’s about it…. I don’t think that requires a few more months of planning.
Good luck! It isn’t that bad…. If I was able to pull off this madness my in laws called a wedding, then you will be just fine!