- When you're moving within a year of the wedding, especially if you're moving more than once.
- When you plan on getting a new job or otherwise drastically changing your day-to-day life within 8 months of the wedding, especially if you actually care about said job.
- When you plan on making a career change around the time of the wedding (after is OK).
- When you plan on going through a traumatic or otherwise life changing event within 8 months of the wedding, like major surgery.
- When you have major life commitments like school or a demanding job.
- When your fiance has to do any of these things.
- When you live far away from your wedding location and cannot visit often, especially if you plan on DIYing lots of things.
- When you don't know where you're going to live when you get married.
- When you plan on DIYing lots of projects but do not have much time or much help.
- When you're not ready to get married.
- When you live far away from ALL of your friends and family.
- When you don't have any money.
Obviously, a lot of us do some of these things. In fact, some of us do many of these things. And sometimes you just have to plan your wedding around your life. Nonetheless, all of these factors make planning a wedding much more difficult and stressful, and as I am dealing with (or have dealt with) pretty much all of them, I am starting to get really worried about how far behind we are. Bridesmaid dresses in particular are becoming disconcerting. I need help. So today, Daniel and I went through the list I made a while back of EVERYTHING we need to do before, during, and after the wedding and split it up. Hopefully, assigning responsibility for everything to each of us will not only take a lot of the planning off my shoulders but will also make it so that I do not have to make sure everything gets done myself. With the attention I have to give to my new job and the insane scheduling changes I'm going to have to put up with for a while, I'm going to need help.
So newly engaged peoples, learn from my troubles. Trying to get married while both of you are trying to establish careers and you have to move or travel a lot is a major pain in the ass.
What did I miss? What obstacles did your lives present while you were planning your wedding?