(Closed) Venue HELP! 6 months to plan, no venue nearby, can it be done?

posted 4 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

It can be done – you will just have to accept that your venue, catering and photography options are limited to those that are available on that date. I’m not saying it’s bad- planned our wedding in 8 months and it was awesome. I was able to find amazing vendors and we got married on s Saturday in August. Also, don’t waste time comparing vendors – if your try some cake and like it, just book it. In fact, it is way easier to plan a wedding if your approach the vendor search as “looking for someone/some place who will do a good job” as opposed to “looking for the perfect venue to satisfy my dreams.” Good luck! 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I say be prepared to Skype or talk to vendors on phone if your schedule does not allow meetings.  Doable, yes but do not waste time. You need to secure vendors soon.  Is July completely off the table, it would give you more flexibility if you are willing to be open

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Sorry your venue cancelled..so not helpful! But it’s definitely possible. We planned in 6 months-engaged in February this year, married in September.

Make a list of everything that needs booking, and ring around/visit vendors (we ended up using nearly all the same people my Mum had met at a wedding fair).We were planning in Norfolk and living in Sheffield so did a couple of weekends intense wedding planning every few weeks while we were visiting from 3 hours away! And once you’ve chosen something, stick to it.

The only thing that might be awkward is the dress as they seem to want months to order them, but you can go and look before everything else is booked. I think I ordered mine in April and picked it up July.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

It can be done! My best advice is to consider a mid-week wedding in your months as more venues and vendors will be available on those days which gives you much more choice. Find a venue, caterer, photographer, DJ and dress as soon as possible. The rest can be juggled around, organised later or in a worst case scenario, done without. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

mrspharmacist:  It wasn’t too bad as my parents live fairly near the venue, and they were both really helpful when we couldn’t be there! I didn’t get too stressed, though I think I was fairly laidback about the whole planning process! Everything pulls together in the end and the details you spend months picking over don’t end up mattering so much on the day. The people you book all know what to do, and you’ll end up married, have food, photos and flowers.

I rang a lot of our vendors like the florist and photographer, and got ourselves pencilled in for the wedding date, then met up with them when we could to properly book/pay the deposit having spoken in person. You should be fine, just make sure they know your date when you order one so it’ll definitely be there in time!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We planned a wedding five hours from where we live and whilst my family live in the area, they’ve helped us with the planning and so when we are in town doing wedding stuff we also have to do family stuff, which takes up massive amounts of time but here is how we went about it:

I got my list of potential venues (about 10) and rang them. When you speak to them you can ask if hotels are nearby, if they have photographers they can recommend etc. But you can also see how easy they are to get hold off, is there someone to answer the phone or an answerphone and do they get back to you. I also used this as a first screening because a lot of our decisions were not just based on their work but also how we connected with them.

When it came time to visit, I had two venues and two photographers (fortunately I already had a florist in mind from times when I’ve got flowers for family members). I went for two of each because I wanted to be sure and also have a backup. Allow time for travelling between sites but meet up with some vendors (spend the weekend in town). For those vendors that you don’t care about as much just speak to via Skype.

For us the key was to find vendors that were flexible but we also connected with. This means that in December when we have to meet with our venue and photographer (plus do Christmas meals and gift exchanges with family) that we have one and a half days to do everything. So our photographer is meeting us at the venue. I don’t have to rely timings between the two as they’re both there. Do some research and narrow down in advance and you’ll be fine. However, get bridal party attire close to the bridal party (or mostly close to the bridal party or with national stores). 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

We got engaged late October and are getting married in March – it totally can be done  🙂  I would recommend doing a lot of internet research.  It is easy to eliminate a number of choices just based on pictures online and pricing.  Also, definitely consider doing a more inclusive venue, such as a hotel.  We are getting married at a hotel, which includes the food, drinks, and rentals (such as tables, chairs, linens) etc.  It also eliminates the need for transportation (both for us and the guests).  

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

You can totally do it! I’m planning a wedding from out of the country right now, as I am abroad for grad school. Fiance works crazy hours and is still about an hour away from the venue, I have significantly longer than you to plan, but am in the same boat as you as far as having to Skype with vendors, and waiting till I am able to travel to meet in person.

The only vendor booked that I’ve met with in person is the venue/catering all-in-one. We booked the DJ, the MUA/Hair, Videographer, Photographer, guest shuttle, florist, all over the internet. When I go back for Winter break, I will be meeting with the florist and touring hotels for room blocks. Everything is A-OK so far 🙂 Just have to really do your homework on digging up reviews (I’ve found Yelp to be more reliable than weddingwire/knot). 

Again, 6 months might leave you booking your second or third choice vendor bc of availability, bu the physical planning of the wedding is totally doable in 6 months. 

Post # 13
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244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

So sorry that happened! I think if you just jump on as much as possible now, it should be fine. If you haven’t done any save the dates/invites/and people haven’t booked travel, even better. Are you open to having a Friday or Sunday wedding? That may be better for booking vendors that you prefer. Many of the vendors I worked with totally do the skype/out-of-town bride thing. I don’t think meeting in person is necessary – a few phone calls, emails, and definitely check their work and reviews to make sure they can deliver what you want. Good luck!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

It can be done. Three months before my brother and SIL’s wedding, their venue closed. They were able to find a gorgeous venue and had a beautiful wedding. And Darling Husband and I planned our wedding in under seven months. Don’t stress too much (I know, easier said than done). Good luck planning! 

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