Post # 1
So mainly this is a post because I want to brag and I’m SO SO SO happy that I just found a DJ for our wedding and that I’ve pretty much done ALL of the major planning for our wedding!!!!!! IN TWO MONTHS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So when I first got engaged, I was really really worried that by choosing a date 6-7 months I was going to be super stressed out over wedding planning on such a short time span and such a little budget.. It didn’t help that people kept telling me wow that’s not going to be fun because of both of the above. Well I guess I proved them wrong! I’m living in Fl right now and since I’ve been engaged I’ve spent 2 weeks in VA doing wedding planning stuff.
The first week was about a month into the engagement. Within 3 days of being home I: Found a venue with fabulous food and great decor included (light up trees, mirrors, hurricane vases, votives, floating candle bowls, and great looking chairs that don’t need covers!!), found and ordered my gorgeous dress, ordered beautiful invites, and got a bunch of paperwork done with the church, and finalized the guest list. Today was the last day of a week that I’ve spent up here. I haven’t really done much but on the two days I decided to not be a bum I: talked to the cake baker, talked to a great DJ we will probably hire, got my flowers all set, and applied to multiple jobs 😀
I don’t know about you guys but the planning has been super smooth. I’ve even knocked out most of the minor details with my Fiance. The only thing that has been not completely super smooth is doing all the paperwork and premarital prep for getting married in the Catholic church.
PS I forgot to add in the first week home I went out with my Maid/Matron of Honor to a salon and we picked out the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and a dress for my cousin to wear as flower ‘girl’ (she just graduated hs this week!!! woot woot!!!)
Post # 4
Good for you! We DEFINITELY needed more than a year as we are both working full time and in school (although I just finished my MBA woohoo). But I often wondered what it would have been like if we had given ourselves only half a year or less – would have made us make decisions more quickly for sure, but we also wouldn’t have been able to find many of the deals we found or (maybe most importantly to us) been able to save up for the honeymoon of a lifetime we have planned.
Again though, great for you! It’s nice to see it working out so nicely for another bride.
Post # 5
Good job! I’m the same way. My wedding is 21 months away and I’m pretty much done planning. I think the only reason you would need longer is if you are picky with date/venue and those book up fairly fast where I live.
Post # 6
months 8 month bride (staring at 5 months, now- Eek), and we have the bulkof the big stuff done- dresses, caterer, venue, cake, band, flowers, linens, etc. BUT, I think the details will be most time consuming: seating chart, invitation wording, timelines, etc. I’m starting to get nervous because it all sounds “easy,” but I have a feeling it’s going to get hairy!
Post # 7
@Woodstock: Same here! I really wanted a year to plan and I got 10 months. We had all of our vendors booked within a month and a half, my dress purchased, rehearsal planned, and bridesmaid dresses picked out (along with choosing our bridal party, obviously haha). Yay for getting stuff done! Glad it’s been easy for you 🙂
I’m actually in the same boat- both working full time jobs and I’m in grad school for my MBA. All of our vendor searches and stuff were super easy though and we were able to find some deals for extras on groupon (photobooth, guestbook, etc) and from attending a wedding festival. The one thing you mentioned that sometimes bums me out is the honeymoon. We are staying at a condo in Florida for free but we really wanted to go to the Caribbean. We decided to continue saving after the wedding though and we’ll be going to St Lucia for a week for our anniversary next year!
Post # 8
I planned it all in less than 6 months. I wouldn’t of been able to handle a longer engagement. I had fun planning it all but I just wanted to be married!!
My best friend planned her whole 200 person wedding in just under 3 months. Crazy but it was amazing!
Post # 9
I wish I could of done that, I’ve been engaged for 16 months and planning since the first week. now with a few weeks to go I’m really feeling the time crunch. we have a very small budget and very detailed projects so it couldn’t of been done any faster. it’s so awesome that you got it all done that fast though, I got all the big things out of the way within a month or 2… now everything is taking forever lol.
Post # 10
I’d say you’re pretty darn lucky to have the dates, colors, food, everything work right the first time! My venue changed owners, we decided to do DIY invites after the first ones came in looking poor, etc. We also spent a good month just figuring our budget and how to fit our guests into that budget. However, we were lucky in that the photographer and the DJ contracts came together without a hitch.