(Closed) Planning your wedding with less than a year?? Please say YES and HOW!

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
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  • Post # 62
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

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    @badabing88:  Thanks 🙂

    Post # 63
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    We planned most of our wedding in about 3 months.  We were able to do it by having a 30 person backyard wedding and renting as much as possible (tables, chairs, cutlery, etc.) from the same place.  That kept things really simple.

    Post # 64
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    Blushing bee

    We planned ours in 3.5 months. Engaged in Early September and married at the end of December. We knew we wanted a short engagement (less than 6 months) and had to work around husbands baseball coaching schedule (Jan- June). It is all possible for whatever time frame you pick and what suites your relationship. 

    Post # 65
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m planning mine in 4 months, we got engaged about a month ago. My advice, start with the dress and booking a venue/date. There’s not much else you can book until you have the venue and date settled.

    What’s helping me? We’re doing it at a restaurant which has a function room, live music, linens, etc. It’s making life much easier because it cut out how many different vendors I need to look into (no separate catering, music, rentals). Also, as it’s not a traditional wedding venue, they had the Saturday we wanted open. If you can find a place that will let you consolidate, I’d highly recommend it.

    The hardest part for me was actually finding a photographer. Of all the ones I contacted, only 2 were available. We’re choosing between them now.

    Post # 66
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We planned our wedding in three and a half weeks. Proposal on May Day, booked our ceremony for the 24th May and followed this up with giving the necessary formal notification (3 weeks in England) early the next week.

    I can honestly say we had the best wedding day ever and it was not the slightest bit stressful. Neither did we compromise on anything. But for starters, you can’t prevaricate or be indecisive so we had to decide on things and stick to them. What also helped was getting married locally although we did have out of town family members there, getting married on a Friday (lunch and evening celebration venue easily booked) and making an early decision to have a family only wedding with all our friends to be invited to the evening event. This was co-ordinated by email. word of mouth and a Facebook event.

    Having been married before and being older, there’s no way I wanted a conventional outfit – in fact the most conventionally dressed person was my 2 and a half year old granddaughter who was bridesmaid. My photographer was free (one of the most important elements of the day) and all our grown up children could take time off work. I also had to check that my eldest son was back in the UK from his future SIL’s wedding in New Mexico! Everything just fell into place though.

    I wouldn’t have done anything differently, to be honest! 

    Post # 67
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    We got married exactly six months after the proposal. You can do it if you’re quick to make decisions/don’t second guess yourself. I bought my wedding dress a week after he proposed- it was a sample, and I walked out with it that day (tried on about 12 dresses total.) We were flexible with the date- actually went with one that wasn’t as “popular”- Friday the 13th.

    Most of the planning was done within 4 months. I didn’t have many DIYs- programs were about it. The venue’s the big one- once you nail that down, everything else falls into place.

    Post # 68
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

    From proposal to wedding, we had 11 months. We actually planned the wedding in about 8 months since we were planning long distance and we didn’t really do anything until we went to Atlanta to look at venues. The biggest thing is nailing down the venue first. That will give you a date and it might narrow down other choices depending on who the venue lets work there. After the venue is set, you’ll need to get the caterer, photographer, and DJ pretty soon after. These are the people that tend to only do one event per day.

    Good luck. Its totally do-able.

    Post # 69
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    My Boyfriend or Best Friend and I knew we were getting married this year … I’m not even officially engaged yet started planning in May for our wedding in Oct so thats about 4 months of planning … I’m having a really simple wedding everything at 1 location so i guess if its a larger wedding , different locations, etc it may take longer… it also depends on how much free time you have to plan … I dont work a 9-5 m-f so i have to really work around my crazy schedule and stressful job smh … its turning out really good i asked for a lot of recommendations and I also pre planned before he even asked me to start planning …

     

    Go head and plan girl , you and your man know you want to be married so why wait for a ring unless you want to, you can get a lot done and have more fun being engaged

    ETA- you also have to be open to available dates, buy your dress first as that can take months to come in I was right on time to get my dream dress 🙂 if i waited any longer i would have been without the dress i’ve always wanted , and book your venue asap.

    Post # 70
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

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    @BeautyBox:  Good point about the dress! That is also a high priority since they take so long to get in.

    Post # 71
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    Newbee

    We had a four month engagement, and our wedding was a formal affair with 80 people, church ceremony with a reception at a beautiful old mansion.  What helped was that our venues were very close to our condo (church was a block away and the reception site was 5 blocks away), I bought a dress from a bridal shop that had consignment dresses so I didn’t have to order it, and our wedding was in January so there was less competition for vendors, as well as some great winter discounts!  It was definitely stressful at times, especially a lot of “smaller” things like selecting invitations, selecting and booking hotels for out of town guests, keeping our website updated for guests, selecting registry items, but also just the research research on vendors is very time consuming.  Once we did our online research and knew who our “Plan A” vendors were for catering, photogrpahy, florist, etc., we would meet with them.  As long as our meeting and communictions were good we stuck with our Plan A.  Only with the caterer did we have to go to a Plan B because our contact person was so bad, but I think this appraoch did save us time.

    Post # 72
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

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    @cheebs:  They sure do ! I was literally 2 days away from my ship date changing to weeks later and if that happened I would not be able to get my dress …

    Post # 74
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I got enaged March 29 and am getting married July 13. We have a venue that takes care of most the planning as is. So, we had very little to do. So, far I’m happy with how things are turning out.

    Post # 75
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We will have done ours in 9 1/2 months and from the other side of the world. Piece of cake! Honestly, I do not understand what takse so long!! Unless you are saving up money, I don’t see the point of needing any longer. I want to marry my Fiance now! The only reason we even waited this long is I wanted to get married in the Fall.

    @runswithbears – your story sounds like mine! Except with way fewer guests (~130)…. I agree completely with what you said! I think it was easier having a short engagement (and being out of town).

    Post # 76
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    He proposed to me on xmas eve/day (12mn), we had our first wedding (courthouse, as we live abroad) on valentine’s day (3 years after we have met). After a week, we started planning on our church wedding (hometown wedding with families) think of same date, different year, however the cost of everything went up like 5x than normal! so we moved it to March. We went home for this wedding 2 weeks early to just relax and polish things for the day. Including the first and final dress fitting!

    Book the vendors early (e.g photographer & videographer). 

    I was thinking of dress shopping a month after the first wedding, but since I couldn’t find the designs nor the designer that I want or is within our budget, I opted for a bespoke dress, I have outlined what I like and asked for a local (hometown) seamstress to make it for me. DH had to take my measurements (bless him!) and we have sent this via email..

    DIY some if not all of your decors and invites to save cash. We did ours and we have sent these things (very large box! 2months before the wedding) over back home via courier. It is doable, as long as you manage your time efficiently (DH and I are full time nurses)

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