(Closed) Starting to freak out…please help!

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

heyy girl 🙂

first – take a deeeeeppppp breath! I have six months left until my wedding and freakeddd out when my dad pointed that out to me over the  holiday! haha but I realized thats still plenty of time to get everything together. My SIL planned her entire wedding in only 4 months so we can definitely do this. Make lists of what needs to be done, booked, and bought and start crossing things off. You can do it. Just get organized and clear the clutter in your mind of eveyrthing that needs to be done. Most importantly, start booking all your vendors. They book quickly but once you get your vendors set you will be FINE

good luck!

Post # 4
2397 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I don’t think you’re screwed at all!  I’m sure you’ll be able to find vendors; 5 months isn’t that short of a time span.  By 5 months, we did have the majority of our vendors booked, but very few projects were finished. 

We ordered our invites and booked our honeymoon at the 5 month mark.  At the 4 month mark we reserved tuxes, booked hotel rooms and ordered table linens.   Everything will fall into place, trust me!  I’d just focus on booking the important vendors (flowers, cake) and work from there.

Post # 5
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You’re totally not screwed! Most of that stuff doesn’t need to be done together. You can register for most stuff online, and maybe the stuff you can’t, you can split up and trust the other person to pick it out with color/feature guidelines from the other person? DIY flowers can be decided upon from online inspiration, then you could go get quotes from the florists and talk to him, then confirm the contract over the phone. Invites can be done online together. He can be in charge of the tuxes (with you giving guidelines if there are specifics you want). And good cake is good cake – you could always go to the tasting without him and make sure you get a flavor you know he’ll like.

Post # 6
1641 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You’re not screwed. Because if you’re screwed, I’M SCREWED!!!! AGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!Surprised

Our wedding is about a month and half before your’s!!!!

Just kidding.

Lists are good. Try not to stress (easier said than done). Also, try to not compare yourself to other brides, especially those (no offense!) who have an 18 month engagement yet have the whole wedding planned out five months into the engagement. Everyone works on a different timeline.

My biggest stress right now is picking out and ordering invitations. Since we didn’t do a STD, we want to get the invites out in February.

You can do it!!! Laughing

Post # 7
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was married this past October.  5 months prior would have been around May.  Okay, this might make you feel better.  I booked my venue, ceremony and reception together, in October 2009, one year in advance.  It was in May that I decided that the venue I had booked was not what I wanted and went on an insane search for affordable venues in the downtown area.  I wanted the downtown scene with buildings and lights, etc.  So I booked my new ceremony venue at a hotel and my new reception venue at a restaurant both in June.  It was Memorial Day weekend that I went out meeting with venues.

I think I booked my cake lady in May/June also, and I was so glad I waited because if I hadn’t I would not have found this amazing baker with the most affordable prices in the area, I would have gone with one that was slightly less experienced and slightly higher priced and I would have had to have a plain cake instead of the creative one that I got.  I bought my flowers, $1 Calla Lilies from Hobby Lobby, ahead of time, but did not assemble them into bouquets until a month before the wedding.  I bought cardstock at Michaels’ and assembled my own invitations right before I sent them out at the end of August, it took me about a week to assemble them all myself.  The tuxes were super easy, I actually called them myself and then when my Fiance was home, I took him with me to get fitted.  Then you just have to select your tuxes and each of your groomsmen just have to go in at their own convenience and get measured.  $20 was due as a deposit when you got measured.  We did this through Sam Meyers.

And I did all of this myself, my Fiance was not really interested in the planning aspect, his thought was, “Just tell me what to wear and where to be.”  So I chose everything, and I am a very indecisive person, it helped to talk through it with a friend or my Mom to come to a good decision.  My bridesmaids offered to help, but usually I just did everything on my own  because it was easier for me, I didn’t have to explain to someone else how to do something.  We both work full time, I was working 2 jobs for the first part of the planning, until July, and we have 2 kids. 

So don’t worry, you can definitely do it and it is not worth it to stress.  Just think, you have about 180 days until your wedding, If you completed one thing on your list per weekend, you should come out just fine.  Just prioritize and conquer!  Good Luck.

Post # 9
46612 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Make the list- priorize the list- check what time is free on your calendar- start knocking off the items on the list one at a time!

Of course you can do this.

Post # 10
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I am at 4 months (and 3 days!) right now.  I was having similar panic attacks.  4 MONTHS!?!?  **gulp**

I sat down one night and made a calendar for each month left (January, February, March, April) and wrote down my work schedule so I could plan around it (12 hour night shifts don’t leave a lot of time during that day to do any planning).  I could’ve scheduled in FI’s schedule, but we have more time off together than you and your Fiance do.  I had a huge long to-do list (EEEK!) from theknot.com (I suggest you make an account and just go over the to-do list.   So helpful).  So I took that list and started putting each task into a day/days/weekend.  Ie., first weekend of January is invitation weekend (I’m DIY them).  Another day is for punching out 400 circles of paper that I need for another DIY.  Etc.  I also wrote in deadlines for things (ie. invitations have to go out this month!) So everything is scheduled in, leaving a couple extra days along the way for things that will inadvertantly (sp?) take longer, and I’m sooo much less stressed. 

Are you doing anything DIY?  I also found it great to use one piece of paper for each project, write down the supplies I’ll need, and the directions (if it was on the internet…I just need things to be ON PAPER for some reason…a bit of a freak like that).  Then I marked down what I already had, and made a list of what I needed to buy, so I’ll have it all on hand when I start the projects, and won’t have to put things off because I don’t have something.

I hope that helped?  If not, just ask and I’ll clarify!  You can easily make this happen, stop stressing!! 

Post # 11
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

You are not totally screwed at all! You have plenty of time! Just make a list of important things that need to get done. The big things should go first. On that list set a timeline of when you need to get things done by and stick with it. Only having one day off per month isnt a big deal. We planned our wedding from Virginia and it was in Georgia and only went down to do planning type things (food tasting, cake tasting, venue walk through, florist meeting, etc) 2 times before our wedding. Youll get it done! In fact, throughout my planning I realized that I couldve planned our whole wedding in 9 months or less. Just take a deep breath and jump in!

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