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Caroline, my cousin planned hers at an AI in less than 2 months but she was super flexible and honestly had very low expectations

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no, i think the whole thing was like $5000 but it was very informal - like ceremony package, a bouquet and a cocktail reception with a DJ and appetizers. they didn't do any paper products or anything like that. no add on KWIM?

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I did mine in 5 1/2 months. 2 months is shorter. But really I wasn't a picky bride. I let it go with the flow! You can do it. Especially if you have this site to help!

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I didn't pick a resort (which means no planning) until late Jan/early Feb and my wedding was in May. It was plenty of time for me. The biggest thing was choosing the resort and making sure they have your date available. After that, it all kind of falls into place. Dress shopping can take 1 day, invites can be chosen that same day, etc.

 

My cousin lives in Italy, but they had the wedding here in the States. She came for a 2 week trip a few months before the wedding, and they did ALL the planning in those two weeks. Had the date been available (and the family was all there) at the end of that trip, she would have been ready to get married. You can do it!

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all you really need is the dress & the resorts do the rest. I stuck with the standard resort package & was really happy with it. It was pretty effortless which allowed me time to do the stuff that I enjoyed for the wedding.

 

I could have been ready to go in 2 months, but we needed more time for people to be able to request off work & book their trip. But, the longer I had to plan the more I ended up doing. Most of it wasn't necessary. Just extra.

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I agree with Morgan, the more time you have, the more detail you will put into it.

 

You've got the groom so now you just need a dress and a location. I went with the basic package and it was great. I made my own programs, etc. but all of that stuff was just an extra personal touch, not necessary to the wedding itself.

 

The key to planning in a short time is being super flexible and asking for help when you need it. You might also need to be aware of paperwork processing deadlines, or get legally married here and symbolically married elsewhere.

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Ours was about 9 months, but I agree less time is very managable if you're a go with the flow type. If someone is very detail oriented and has a set-in-stone vision of what the wedding is they will probably freak with not having enough time.

 

I agree with Mandy, there are a lot of decisions you can make in 1 day or so. When brides have 1 year+ to plan I think more anxiety is created because you spend too much time pondering instead of making choices. I could have done mine in 3 months because I also let the WC do her thing. I did a few extras (so not necessary) and basically just planned on showing up!

 

Some guests will need more of an advanced notice to attend than others (scheduling, finances, etc.), so consider that.

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