Sarah
Just Said Yes December 2019

Wedding during pa school??

Sarah, on May 4, 2018 at 7:48 PM Posted in Planning 0 18
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Has anybody on here had their wedding during PA school (or med school, pt school, nursing school, etc)? If so, what was your experience?

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Latest activity by Mrs. Belfon, on May 9, 2018 at 12:05 PM
  • WED18
    July 1993
    WED18 ·
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    One of my daughters is in grad school studying for her DNP. She also works as a charge nurse in the CCU and is a mom to a 1 yr old. Life is crazy for her right now, but she somehow manages. Her wedding is in July of this year. Don't be afraid to ask for help!
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  • Andie
    Super August 2018
    Andie ·
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    Not in the medical field but I’m in business grad school and my FH is in law school. We graduate in 2 weeks and are getting married this summer. What helped us a lot is a long engagement. Graduate school, jobs, and wedding planning can be a lot (plus we adopted a new puppy)! But we realized that what is most important is our marriage not the wedding day so we focus on that.
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    Expert May 2019
    FutureMrs.S ·
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    So I'm not in Med school, but I am doing an intensive (year round) therapy graduate school program. I have been planning for a while and we are a date for after I'm finished because I knew I wouldn't get time off for a wedding and I had always wanted a late spring/early summer wedding in May. The planning I have done so far isn't as bad as I thought it would be but I know if I was in medical school like my friend is I wouldn't have the time/energy to put into wedding planning. She and I are waiting to see if hre clinical rotation will give her the time off next May for the wedding and have a back up plan of they don't give it to her which may or may not include calling in sick.

    You know your schedule and if you think you could devote an hour or two a week to planning (or even hiring a planner if it's in your budget) it could be doable!
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    Dedicated December 2017
    Allison ·
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    I did mine halfway through PT school! It was stressful at times (hard to fit in appointments and meetings when I always felt like I should be studying) but well worth it. We had the wedding when I was 1.5 years in over Christmas break (I had 5 weeks off) so that we could take a nice honeymoon and move in together before my next semester started. We did have almost a two year engagement, which was because my husband is also in grad school and we had to get our schedules to line up. Feel free to reply if you have any more specific questions! My SIL also got married 1 month before starting PA school and I was in her wedding, so I know a little bit about that too.

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  • Sarah
    Just Said Yes December 2019
    Sarah ·
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    Thank you so much for all the input! I expected nobody to answer, so I was so excited to see the responses (:
    I had really been hoping for an October wedding, but I’m thinking it will be in our best interest to do it over winter break. I’m scared I’ll have tests the following week, or if I have the rehearsal Friday night that I won’t be able to get there Bc of class!
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  • Cassidy
    Savvy December 2018
    Cassidy ·
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    I’m currently in pharmacy school and will be getting married in December. I made sure to get all of the big vendors figured out before my school year started and tried to get a lot done over winter break. I’ll hopefully be finishing everything else over the summer! It’s been hard having my fiancé or family try to talk about the wedding while I’m busy with school but I just tell them I’m too busy to worry about it at the moment and they get the hint.
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  • BlushWedding
    Devoted August 2018
    BlushWedding ·
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    I’m a nurse, work full time, go to grad school to be a nurse practitioner full time, and am planning an August wedding. Stressful but I think worth it. I went right from my undergrad into grad school and felt like I was missing out on things by always postponing them because of school. I decided there was nothing that was going to stop me from marrying the man of my dreams! You do you girl, you can totally do both!
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  • Casey
    VIP December 2018
    Casey ·
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    My MOH is starting PA school in a few weeks, and just being the MOH is so stressful for her! She's doing a great job and I'm so proud of her but my wedding will be some of the most stressful weeks for her for sure.

    I also am only taking one grad school class this fall (wedding is the day after finals) and asked professors about a class that would let me work ahead. But I know customizing your schedule like that isn't really applicable to PA school. Good luck!

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  • CountryRoads
    Expert October 2018
    CountryRoads ·
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    Alhtough technically no-longer in school, I am planning mine while on the second year of my post-doctoral fellowship. My advice is go for at least a year out, so you have time for planning, and utilize your academic organizational skills. Excel, google calendar, and Word is you friend. Make a separate email account and use it for all wedding related correspondences. You don't want to get a wedding email when you are going through school email- that would have been a major distraction for me. Also, use the syllabus and course deadlines when you set up dates to meet with vendors, well in advance. Try to have an A, B, and possibly C choices for each vendor. saves your time on weekends when you are chasing dead ends. Efficiency, Efficiency, Efficiency. Also, consider how many things you might be willing to pass onto bridesmaids to help you. Finally, invest in a good wedding planning book, like the one at the Knot. It helps you break it down into a timeline for planning.

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    Master July 2018
    Cuoghi ·
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    Im finishing up my medical training, moving the wk after the wedding, selling our house, buying a new house, my fiance is opening z restaurant and planning our wedding, you will be fine!
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    Dedicated May 2019
    Perla ·
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    I’m finishing Nursing grad school now (2 semesters to go). My FH & I had been talking about marriage for some time, we were starting to make plans towards the beginning of grad school, but it was getting too much for me. Trying to focus on school, when all I wanted to do was just have fun & plan my wedding was hard. So we made the decision to hold off on the wedding until after I graduate. We just set the date & booked our venue, will be graduating in Dec, & marrying 5/31/19. I still have 2 semesters to go, still in the beginning of wedding planning, but I can tell you this, its already becoming a little difficult to stay focused on school work. But with the help of family & friends to help with planning, etc, I’ll get it all done, & keep things balanced.
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    Savvy September 2019
    Julianne ·
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    I'm a full time research coordinator, mom or two new to adulting kids, and part time college student going for my bachelor's degree. So, Even though our wedding is Sept 2019; I've started. I tick off a few things here and there. I've been successful so far. Treat it like you do school,in an organization fashion
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  • K
    Dedicated July 2018
    Karen ·
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    I don’t get why question is specific to school. People are busy. How do these schools (also completely not comparable to each other) matter? Busy is busy. Everyone’s got something going on.
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  • Asquared6918
    Dedicated June 2018
    Asquared6918 ·
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    Some of these programs are physically, mentally, and spiritually draining. On top of that, you aren’t making any money and have no time available to get a side job. Wedding planning will be exceptionally hard in terms of time and finances. Back when I was in school, it was tough to even participate in any weddings, let alone be the bride.😩

    Thankfully I’m already done with school and finished by boards. 🙌🏾
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  • K
    Dedicated July 2018
    Karen ·
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    You get to choose when to get married. You can always do it later.
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  • Tiffany
    Just Said Yes November 2018
    Tiffany ·
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    We are having ours the saturday before his finals (Nursing school) since my FH is crazy! I had the same worry but he says he has not felt any added stress and is not worried about it being right before his finals. If you're confident go for the date you love!
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  • Mrs. Belfon
    Savvy September 2018
    Mrs. Belfon ·
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    I’m in school and wedding planning. I’m in my 6th semester of Masters Family Nurse Practitioner. I have a 8 year old active in Baseball, a 5 year old free spirit part time baton twirler/singer, I’m a Full Time Picc nurse and my fiancé is a FireFighter Paramaedic that works 24 hour shifts. I wish I could only wedding plan instead of school. It’s hard to balance both. But my guilt makes me keep going 🤦🏾‍♀️
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  • Mrs. Belfon
    Savvy September 2018
    Mrs. Belfon ·
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    Hi Karen
    school is exhausting and most healthcare professionals balance busy lives like everyone else with the added task of coming home to a busy life and having to write papers and cram in study time. Especially graduate programs. They can be demanding and depressing. Not to diminish anyone else out of schools level of busy, but I.t is a huge undertaking and unfortunately sometimes it’s impossible to stretch that thin to make I.t all happen.
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