How long does it take to plan a wedding?

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As seasoned wedding planners, we have successfully worked with couples whose engagements have lasted 2 years as well as couples who had 2 month engagements. You may be wondering, how long does it take to plan a wedding? Below, we will dive into the pros and cons for different lengths of engagement, so you know what to expect in each scenario. 

 18+ months  

Let us say you got engaged around the holidays and dreamed of a summer wedding, but don’t feel like you can get everything planned in 6 months. An 18-month engagement will allow you plenty of time to book vendors, celebrate the engagement, and select your ideal time of year for the wedding. Other advantages to booking this far out are vendor availability, lodging and travel rates. NOTE- if you are working with an experienced wedding planner, you really CAN get it done by summer if you want to. Easy peesy.

12 months  

This is the average length of an engagement. A yearlong engagement will allow you time to think through what time of year you want to be married, as well as your ideal venue, the vendors you want to hire, etc. You will have flexibility with vendor availability, but you will need to be sure to stick to a checklist during the planning process, so you do not fall behind.  

6 months  

While some couples who are engaged in winter do not think they can plan a wedding by summer, others do not want to wait more than a year to have their dream wedding and intentionally choose to have a short engagement. This is entirely possible, and our suggestion to get you started on the right foot is to hire a planner who can alleviate any stress and help you quickly decide on a venue, vendor, budget, and other details. The less time before your wedding date may mean a limited pool of available vendors, but you may also be able to take advantage of more competitive pricing.  

3 months or less  

It is entirely possible to plan and execute a successful wedding in 3 months or less. The best thing to do is to immediately hire a planner. From there, it is important to keep in mind that with your limited time comes limited list of available vendors, so if you are open-minded and flexible you will be able to get all your vendors booked. If you can make quick decisions and go with the flow, you will have no trouble planning a wedding in a short amount of time.  

 

About the author: Milestone Events Group is Northern California’s most experienced Wine Country Wedding Experts & largest event management company providing site selection services to multiple locations throughout Sonoma County. Over the past 6 years Milestone has helped hundreds of couples simplify the venue selection process by providing clarity, predictability and ultimately confidence for clients who work with them to evaluate wineries, ranches, and other locations for their private events. 

After the venue selection process is complete, Milestone is also available to help produce events in a stress reduced and highly professional manner. www.MilestoneEventsGroup.com 

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