By Megan Spencer |Staff Writer|
My fiance, Mark Estrada, proposed to me on July 11, 2012 during my junior year of college at CSUSB.
We had been together for almost six years, so we knew it was the perfect time.
There was only one problem; planning a wedding is tricky and doing it as a full-time student can add a world of new challenges.
With the excitement of our big day in tow, I found myself switching colors, picking flowers and going to bridal shows in the midst of writing papers, studying for exams and prepping for presentations.
Not to mention, trying to figure out how we were going to pull off the wedding of our dreams on a student-friendly budget.
My life quickly became overwhelmed and I struggled with the thought that the wedding might have to wait.
Being the stubborn gal I am, I refused to give up.
I began researching online, “How to plan a wedding,” “Weddings on a budget,” “Wedding ideas” and was blown away with the results.
Nowadays, you can have a beautiful wedding, not break the bank and plan it yourself. Go figure!
If you are a college student struggling to plan your wedding while keeping your grades afloat, here is some helpful advice.
Give yourselves plenty of time; this could mean a year and a half or longer.
A longer engagement will create less stress by giving you more time to plan during school breaks and build your savings.
This will allow you to focus on what is most important, such as school.
Invest in a monthly planner. Having everything scheduled by month or year can help you manage your time and spread the work out so you do not overload yourself.
Theknot.com also offers a free subscription online to help track every detail and plan your big day from start to finish.
Find out how much help you will receive from family and friends.
Sitting down and having the “budget” conversation with your family can be awkward, but necessary to ensure your plans fit within your means.
Once you establish a budget, that is when you can begin looking for all the main components of your wedding such as venue, photographer, caterer, disk jockey and florist.
This can also help you plan do it yourself craft days for you and your bridesmaids along the way.
Save browsing for the weekends. We all know how easy it is to open your pinterest tab and realize two hours has just gone by.
Limiting the wedding planning to weekends can cause less distraction, allowing you to still look around without it interfering with your classes.
Weekends are a great time to attend bridal shows to get new ideas and meet with potential vendors.
Take inspiration from bridal magazines by clipping out your favorite items and create a scrapbook to help visualize your ideas.
Remember, it is your wedding and there is no right or wrong way to plan it.
Be creative, don’t stress and most importantly, have fun! It is your wedding after all.