It’s difficult to put an exact timeframe on how long it takes to plan a wedding because no two couples are ever the same! With this being said, research shows that most couples spend approximately 12 – 18 months planning their wedding, which usually adds up to between 200 – 500 hours in total. You can even get help from the professionals of wedding planning for finding a place where precious memories are made.

Now, your ideal wedding planning timeline might look longer or shorter than the “average” couple – which is absolutely fine! Before you lock down your wedding date, you’ll want to consider the following things: 

  • Lifestyle and career: Do you and your partner both work full-time with busy social lives and family commitments? If so, you may want to allow yourself more time to plan your wedding to accommodate your lifestyle. On the flip side, if you have plenty of free time, you’ll be able to get things organized much quicker!

  • Finances: Do you already have some money set aside for your wedding, or will you need some extra time to build up your savings? If so, how much time will you need to achieve your savings goal without any financial stress? If you haven’t already discussed your wedding budget, this is a great place to start.

  • Wedding vision: Have you considered the kind of wedding you’ll be hosting and the overall vibe you want to create? An intimate wedding or elopement can be planned in a much shorter time frame, while a big celebration or destination wedding will require significantly more planning. If you’re not sure what your wedding vision looks like just yet, grab our free worksheet here to nail it down.

  • Flexibility: Are you flexible with things like your wedding venue, date, and vendors, or do you have your heart set on specific elements already? Many in-demand venues and vendors book out quickly (we’re talking 12+ months in advance), so you may need to adjust your timeline to secure your dream team.