Post # 1
Hi bees, I just wanted to introduce myself and my situation, and hopefully get general support and advice so I don’t lose my mind!
So, we have been engaged since last Christmas, and have not done any planning at all up until this point. We were planning one a year-and-a-half engagement. However, for various reasons, it seems that the time is right for this fall!
We have just booked a venue as of yesterday for Oct. 5th, and are trying to finalize our guest list ASAP. OMG I’m having trouble with this sinking in!
We are having a very simple wedding: 60-ish people with no wedding party, the site is very simple and beautiful and does not require decoration at all except for a few flowers/centerpieces, aaaaand my dress is short and NOT white. LOL, you get the picture I think; nontraditional.
Phew, there’s my vent 🙂 Anyone else ever planned a (small, simple, low-key) wedding in such a short time frame?
Post # 3
Yes, been there, done that, got the ring to prove it- and it was WONDERFUL! Mine was 80 people with small bridal party on a small island in Georgia- a little more traditional, but we planned exactly what we wanted in 3.5 months! Enjoy it!
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church
Congratulations! I have faith that you can do it because 22 years ago my mother planned an entire 350 person traditional wedding with only a 3 month engagement (it was the only free date for a long time at the venue so they snatched it up).
Post # 5
@ampapa: 😀 Thanks for the encouragement!
@ScottishMrs: Holy crap, that sounds very stressful! Good for them!
Haha, basically, I’m just sick of people looking at me in disbelief when I say I just started planning for this October. I look fairly young so I get a lot of “wow, you’re really naive…” type responses :/
Post # 6
We did! We moved up the wedding by a year and cut our budget by 3/4, leaving us with 5.5 months to plan, a 4K budget, and a LOT of stuff to do!
I found the location first, photog second, and my dress third! Luckily, my dress was a gift, so it didn’t count in the budget!
We had a 42 person luncheon, and rented a party bus so our 20 closest friends (and my Mom and godmother, who got wasted on Sambucca shots, which was glorious) could go out clubbing in the nearby city!
I did all our flowers two days before. I bought the flowers from Wegman’s and arranged five massive centerpieces, 5 corsages, 5 buttonieres, my bridal bouquet and two Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets!
Post # 7
Getting married next week after a 7 week engagement! We’re having 40 people, and it actually came together pretty quickly!
Post # 8
Thanks ladies! Your numbers are a little scary(!) but it’s so encouraging that you made it happen 😀
Post # 9
@MrsSnowMountain: i booked my wedding in 5 months from out of the country. it was small, only 38 guests but still a full wedding with all of the details.
it is totally doable. just stay focused and don’t overthink your options.
Post # 10
@mypinkshoes: That’s really good advice! I think I’m on the right track so far, seeing as we booked the first venue we looked at (it was awesome, why waste time!) and I bought my dress on a whim off of Etsy 🙂
Post # 11
@MrsSnowMountain: friends of my FI’s had a surprise wedding for family only at the zoo over the weekend. there were 30ish people and they planned it in 6 weeks.
you have plenty of time. you have the most important thing, the venue. everything else will fall into place.
just stay organized!!!!
Post # 12
I planned my wedding in 3 weeks. A family ceremony followed by lunch and 150+ people for a great evening celebration. It was a truly wonderful day from start to finish.
You can easily do it in 3.5 months. Also, with less time to plan you have less time to prevaricate or change your mind about things that actually don’t need changing!