I’m getting married in May and I’m thinking of taking the entire month of December off from doing wedding stuff. All the big things are done except a florist, and the holidays are stressful enough as it is. Am I crazy? Losing a month seems like a big deal, but on the other hand, the holidays are all consuming. 🎄 I’m already stressed and it’s not even Thanksgiving!
Yeah, it's totally fine. You don't need to be wedding planning every moment of your life up to the wedding. I did planning in spurts. We got engaged a few months before I started grad school, so I didn't really do any planning during the school semester, and would do more during breaks.
I planned it out so I would have little to no wedding planning until after the 1st of the year. Then after that I have every month broken down into to-do lists for each month. The only wedding planning I'm doing is coming on here and keeping on eye on items that I still need if they go on sale during the holidays.
I think really depends on what all you have left to do. Although all of the bigs things maybe be done there is a ton of little things that go into planning a wedding. I think taking time off is totally fine, but it entirely depends on exactly what you have left. I do feel now is a good time to purchase certain things like invitations, signs, guest book, etc. because you can generally find these items on sale for Black Friday so if you haven't already purchased these things I would highly consider doing so during this season. Also, I would find a florist sooner rather than later. Once you find a florist there is a ton of things you have to decide like bouquets, centerpieces, and ceremony decorations. If you feel comfortable not planning for a month then take the time off, but I would personally feel more stressed out because you are going to have to catch up once you get back into planning mode. I think an entire month off from planning is too longer, but that's just my opinion.
I was planning on taking December off! We have everything locked down including rings, so we're ready to just enjoy the holidays and pick back up in January. Its down time for our jobs too - no one puts new code in production to keep things flowing over the holidays - so I'm going to focus on baking and prepping for Christmas.
I've already started doing this--pulling back from planning. I have all of the major things done, and I really just want to focus on the holidays with my family. I don't look at it as "losing a month." It's more like recharging my sanity and strength for next year! Good luck and happy planning!
We took 2 1/2 weeks off three times during our 5 month engagement, when we had professional exams, or twice when we went to or we're in 2-3 weddings per week, twice 2 weeks in a row. It did not cause any problem at all. Everything done but final adjustment to seating after RSVPs, 3 weeks in advance. In fact, after a break, we came back to it refreshed, happy, and very organized. Sometimes when you have small discrete blocks of time, it is easier to narrow down your tasks for a particular thing, and choose quickly among choices, not endlessly looking at one more thing. And we were happy with our choices later. And 3 weeks of doing nothing up to 2 days before the wedding left us relaxed and happy. No stress. I would say, with a May wedding, take off 5-6 weeks around holidays. And maybe do a little less for the holidays. Relax a bit. Enjoy .
I think it's totally ok to take off and relieve yourself from any stress! The holidays can be stressful enough without wedding planning on top. My wedding is in March so we can't really take off the entire month of December because we will get behind as we are getting close to crutch time. Enjoy the time off!
I would say to get your floral booked, even if all the details arent exact. Once booked, most vendors will let you change your order up to a few weeks to a month out. After you have the big stuff done, breaks are necessary. Enjoy being engaged for the holidays!