(Closed) Planning a wedding AND grad school AND working full time – how long do I need?

posted 5 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
812 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I think you’d know best, depending on how quickly you want to get everything done and how organized you can be! Our engagement is two years long, but I think I could have done it all in a year and a half, and that’s just with working full time.

Post # 3
4036 posts
Honey bee

It’s according to your budget, who’s paying, how much you’ve saved up, how long it will take to gather funds/save up, etc.

My daughter was a grad. student and working, when she got engaged. They married 11 months after the engagement. I did all the planning work (e-mails, phone calls, set-up appointments and such) and they made all the decisions. I went with my daughter, or the couple, to all the appointments. However, my husband and I paid for almost all the wedding expenses. If it was up to the couples’ finances, they would have eloped/courthouse, or spent years saving up.

Post # 4
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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Ms.PatientBee:  I worked full time and was in school full time while planning our wedding and we had an (almost) 2 year engagement. However, I was super picky and our venue needed to be booked 1.5 years out so we needed a longer planning period. If you really don’t care about the details and aren’t picky on venues/dates/vendors you could probably get it al done in 6 months. FWIW, if your guests live far away and will need to make arrangements to travel for the wedding, they might appreciate a little more notice, so I’d probably push it to 8-9 months. Happy planning and good luck!

Post # 5
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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Ms.PatientBee:  I think I’m in a fairly similar situation. DH and I got married in 2014 after I graduated with my MBA and we waited to plan our wedding for after when he graduates from grad school which is this spring. So we got married in court because we didn’t want to wait, and are having our actual wedding celebration two years later. 

So I thought because I’m not the picky, pretty easy going, keep in mind it’s just a one day party kind of mind, it’d be easy but still not the easiest. Not sure how much your Fiance will be able to help but one of you REALLY has to take charge even if you have a wedding coordinator. I think you could spend less time if you have a full wedding planner but if you want to do most of the planning yourself and still get like a month of coordinator it still takes quite a good chunk out of your time. I don’t think I’d really recommend if you’re doing full time work and school, you don’t want your wedding to distract from school/work. If you’re only doing one or the other full time I think it’s totally doable. I started planning 1 year ago and we have 140ish people. However, I’m freakishly organized, and work full time as a project manager, have a month of coordinator and still it’s taking a lot of work/time. Good luck! 

Post # 6
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - Temecula, California

I got engaged early November and our wedding is August 7th.  Our engagement length will be about 9 months. Since November I have been in grad school, a practicum internship, and a full time job all at the same time.  We also purchased a house in March (I did no planning in the 60 day escrow period since that was stressful enough!), got a new puppy, and have been planning our wedding!  

I think we have had plenty of time. I got most of the big stuff done in the first few months of our engagement. Then took a little break to buy the house. Then went back to planning the little things. I will be done with grad school in June so then I will have all of July to tie all the loose ends before the wedding. 

I think it depends on exactly what you want. A wedding dress can take up to 8-9 months to arrive after its ordered.  My cousin planned her wedding in 3 months So I think whatever timeframe is totally doable!


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