is it possible to plan a wedding in 2 months?

by DIY wedding planner on January 31, 2012

My boyfriend and I have been discussing marriage for the last few months (been dating for almost 2 yrs). The other day he let me know in a subtle way that our engagement is approaching. :) We are avoiding anything after August due to the fact that my job picks up heavily during that time…AND the wedding colors I want would only look appropriate for mid summer. So we are hoping to get married in July. If he doesn’t officially propose before mid May, we could be planning it in a matter of weeks. We do not want to wait any longer.

I have a LOT of stuff chosen/bought already (already have a dress, colors, music, ideas for location and decor/cake/food, flowers, diy invitation template). The main thing we will have to do is get the bridal party ordering their apparel, finalize a church /officiant and reception hall, caterer, and photographer. Can it be done? Thanks!

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eharrah1 January 31, 2012 at 5:55 am

If you have dresses that are not off the rack, then you will not be able to do it unless you can find a seamstress willing to do that much work in such a short time. Most places need a minimum of 12-14 weeks to have dresses made. You would have to find someone private to do it. The rest can be done with no problem.


Artemis January 31, 2012 at 6:27 am

It’ll be tricky, and that’s very short notice for out of town guests that may have to make travel arrangements, hotel reservations, take time off work, and hire babysitters, etc.

The photographer we wanted had a four month wait list! You’ll be able to find one in this amount of time, but you might not get the photographer you dreamed of.

Getting a church booked could take weeks, especially if they’re busy. You’ll have to start asking around NOW, don’t wait until the last minute. City-owned venues (such as halls) have plenty of paper work, and it can take up to a month to get everything sorted.

The biggest thing will be having dresses made. Unless you can buy them off the rack, you’re looking at a loooong wait time. Between fittings and alterations and the like, mine will take a few months! You can’t usually find a seamstress on such short notice.

What about hair, makeup, nails? Tanning? I don’t know about your area, but it’s three weeks to get into a salon here, unless you’re willing to go somewhere questionable.

What you may want to do is get married in a small ceremony, and then hold the wedding reception down the road when you have more time for planning and your guests have more time for making arrangements. I’ve seen that done several times.

The wedding isn’t about the party, it’s about the marriage.

Personally, I would want a lot more time to plan. I’ve given myself a year, and I’m still stressing!

In short, you CAN do it in two months, but it’ll be A LOT of work and a lot of stress.

What I don’t understand is why you’ve already planned this out when he hasn’t proposed. A dress before a ring? Unless you’re 100% certain you’re going to have a ring on your finger soon, I’d hold off on the planning (and the spending!). You can pick things out all you want, but don’t buy them until you know what’s happening for sure. Last thing you want to do is end up $10,000 in debt and have him get cold feet.

To answer your question:

It can be done, but the smaller the wedding the easier it will be on such short notice.

Good luck.


Oh Golly Miss Molly!!! January 31, 2012 at 6:41 am

You can, but it is a big investment of money and hours. My cousin invested 100 hours in her wedding, for everything, so 4 days. Are you willing to do that planning?

If Khloe Kardashian did it in a week, you can do it in two months!


Messykatt January 31, 2012 at 7:27 am

I was going to say yes until I saw all the things you want, and in that case, it will be very difficult, but not impossible if you’re willing to be incredibly flexible. You’ve got the secondary stuff taken care of, but the biggest things you don’t. And it might be impossible to get a decent venue and caterer at this late date, unless you’d be willing to have the wedding on a Friday or Sunday, which causes a whole new list of problems. Heck, it can take 2 months just for bridesmaid dresses to arrive. Also, by the time you send the invites out, many people will have made summer plans.

To be a bit blunt, your rationale sounds a little odd, unless I’m misreading it ! You say “we” don’t want to wait any longer, but then why is he still hinting about a proposal? If he didn’t want to wait, I don’t get why he hasn’t officially proposed. It seems like you’re waiting for him to do that, and every day that passes makes your job a little more difficult.


Perse January 31, 2012 at 7:33 am

Absolutely, I’ve seen it done a hundred times. You just have to be prepared to maybe not book the venue or caterer or photographer of your dreams, but it can be done if you can compromise. Also, keep in mind if it will be an expense for some guests to attend your wedding, they may need more notice to arrange the finances to do so.

However, you’re getting way ahead of yourself. You’re not even engaged yet and this has been a short-lived relationship, I would think you would want to enjoy each other’s company and get to know each other better before committing yourselves to one another for the rest of your lives. It’s a huge commitment and it’s better to know what you’re getting into before making it legal, divorce isn’t exactly easy or fun.


Cranberry January 31, 2012 at 7:45 am

Yes, it can be done. However, I would advise that in choosing a date, it would help it you choose one that’s off-peak when it comes to weddings or other big events…like maybe mid-week or Friday afternoon/evening at most. If you choose an off-peak date, then you will have less problems in booking other vendors, such as photographer, caterer, florist, etc., as their schedule would most likely be vacant on such date and would be happy to accommodate you on that date. But think positive… it is possible! :-) Best wishes and good luck on your planning.


Lisa Lee January 31, 2012 at 8:45 am

I think you need 3 months at least


4REEE January 31, 2012 at 9:43 am

We did it in 6 weeks, BUT I caution you: It takes a LOT of work to do it.

Best wishes to you!



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