Post # 1
I’m pretty sure I will be getting engaged before the end of November as there have been several hints dropped. We already have our wedding idea planned out, as we want to go away for a private ceremony in niagara falls with just my parents and his sister and husband (since his parents are passed away), honeymoon in new York city and and have a reception at home when we return. I am a teacher which basically just leaves the summer for getting married. But the problem is I am also doing my special education degree and for the next TWO summers I will be out of town from June 24 – Aug 7 completing courses that I cannot do thought distance. So that only leaves the last 3 weeks of August for a 12 day weddingmoon and reception!! I hate the idea that I am so restricted as to when I can plan the most important event of my life because of my career!!
My questions are, would planning for this upcoming August be too rushed with 8 months of planning and is a 3 week window going to be too rushed for all that excitement given the fact that we will be gone away? I am thinking the dates of our wedding moon will be August 9-21. My exam schedule doesn’t end until August 7 so if my exam happens to be on the last day (which good chance it will since I will be doing 3 courses and there is only 3 days for exams in the summer semester) I won’t be able to drive home the 7 hours until August 8 and then leave the next day. Also my man wont be with me for the 6 weeks I’ll be out of town doing my courses. I might be able to put the start date off a day later but then I will have to give up one day of my already planned itinery because I HAVE to be home by the 21 so I can have the reception that Saturday the 24. (sounds rushed hey!! But the following weekend is labor day weekend and if i get a job i wouldn’t want to have to spend the Sunday of the gift opening preparing my new classroom) I don’t exactly want to wait a year and 8 months, plus I will be in the exact situation the following summer and I am definitely not having a nearly 3 year engagement.
There are a couple other options we could do but our hearts are already set on the plan we have. We could skip the weddingmoon idea and have our ceremony/reception here and save time. However there would be way too many people that would “have to” be invited and we seriously want a completely intimate group to say our I dos in front of. We could wait a couple of years (which I’m going to rule out now), or we could perhaps have our wedding here next Christmas and then do our same honeymoon idea during Easter (we are the only province who gets Easter break rather than spring break). I don’t know how I feel about getting married during the winter as I don’t want a Christmas themed wedding at all, and we would still have to deal with the much larger guest list!!
I am a substitute teacher so I could half risk planning a fall 2013 wedding which ideally I would love much more than the August one, but if I get offered a job I HAVE to take it as jobs are almost impossible to get. Although with that said the chance of getting a job in the city I live in is slim, all jobs offered to new teachers are in the middle of no where far away from home and I’ve already decided I won’t be leaving the life I love for 3 years just for a job.
So, I’m stuck. And I want to figure this out before all the excitement of the engagement starts. My boyfriend says “whatever makes you happy” which is why we chose the weddingmoon in the first place. I guess after that HUGE rant (sorry guys lol), will the August option be too rushed given the fact that that’s basically my only time frame.
Thanks to anyone who read through all this haha
Post # 3
Ahh my topic posted twice! So sorry! Can one be deleted??
Post # 4
I think three weeks should be plenty in regards to marrying/short honeymoon as long as you do have a day or two to wind down and get ready for school afterwards! If you think it would be too stressful, have you considered just taking a week for the ceremony/getting ready/etc… and waiting until fall break to take your honeymoon?
Post # 5
I am a teacher as well. I took the Thursday and Friday off to prepare for my wedding and the whole next week off for my honeymoon. Have you thought about taking some time off during the school year (nothing crazy). I was also a first year teacher at the time and I had no problems getting the time off because I have a set number of days to take off and use however I want. I think it’s totally doable to get married in August. Personally, I had a 14 month engagement and for MANY of those months I didn’t do a single thing towards planning my wedding so a shorter engagement would have been just fine.
Post # 6
I’m a teacher as well, but I’m no help because I planned an early July wedding so I could have the whole summer to go on my honeymoon.
Could you get married like a Thursday or a Friday before a vacation week, like maybe Easter so you can take that day off and have the entire week off from work?
Post # 7
I’m a substitute teacher as well, and we purposely held off on booking the honeymoon until about a month before the wedding, so that we could be sure I wouldn’t be offered a contract. If I had a contract, I would have taken off the Friday before the wedding, and the Monday/Tuesday following for a short minimoon, and we would have taken a longer honeymoon in the summer.
Post # 8
I’m a teacher as well. We got engaged in October, and I knew I wanted to get married in the summer. I didn’t want to wait over a year and a half, so we had an eight month engagement. It is enough time to plan everything.
Post # 9
Thank you girls!! Such a relief to know I should have enough time to plan and enjoy the weddingmoon!!! 🙂
Post # 10
Fiance and I are both teachers also. We got engaged June 30 and planned our wedding for November, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, so that we’d have that week off to recover. We aren’t taking a honeymoon until the summer though. My engagement will be 4.5 months total.