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My fiance and I are going through the K1 process, actually right now waiting for the NOA2 to arrive at the NVC since we received our NOA2 January 12th, hoping this week. we know its a short window to acutally plan our wedding, but do need at least a 6-8 weeks to do so. just wondering at what point if any is safe to begin planning, I have heard not till visa is in hand which isnt a lot of time.

our options: Get married in the church ( we are both catholic and would like to marry in the church ) very small service which I think she would be a little sad with only a couple people there.

or a civil service, then plan to have our marrige blessed in the church later with a larger service and nice reception to follow with family and friends in attendance.

or try and plan the whole thing assuming a date within this process? Anybody have any Ideas, weddings are hard to plan especially if your the guy and here in the USA and she is not. would love some ideas and thoughts???

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Visa in hand really is the best way to go, you never know if the visa will get lost int eh mail or she gets puts into AP. Some thing I did was get every little detail that I wanted done first, then all we had to do was get a JP and order our cake and catering. Was pretty easy really. If you are sure 6-8 weeks is enough time to plan a wedding just start planning when she gets the visa, then by the time the flight is booked and she arrives the wait will be that much less. I got my dream wedding in less then a few weeks. It is possible. Good Luck with yours.


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I have to agree, until the visa is in hand... plan nothing


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I have to agree, until the visa is in hand... plan nothing

I admit, I am hesitant to plan further on the ceremony until he gets his visa APPROVED and in hand :unsure:


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I have to agree, until the visa is in hand... plan nothing

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Rule of thumb is the 'visa in hand' policy - think and plan ideas but don't book/pay for anything until then.


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I'm planning on waiting until the visa is actually in her hand before making flight arrangements or anything else important.

We can do everything right. The consulate can do everything right.

But one traffic accident while being delivered can leave the visa destroyed or lost on the side of a road somewhere.


May your visa journey be smooth and speedy.

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Agreed visa in hands before any planning. For me I would not make any arrangement till she is actually here with me already. I know weddings are supposed to be special but with limited time I would just go with a simple civil ceremony and plan a grand reception sometime later. Putting a wedding together can be done within 3 months assuming you got everything picked out(reception area..dress..cake..band..etc..)and all services are available on your date and of course money..

Well your behind the wheel on this one bro so good luck on your planning..and Congrats!!!

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I would Agree what others have said, Best way to go is wait until you have the Visa in hand, never know what Obstacle you could come across. Good Luck!! :thumbs:


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plan now.. thats what i have done.. :)

so far we are at "getting married in Vegas"..

more details ONCE she have VISA in hand :)


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My fiance and I are going through the K1 process, actually right now waiting for the NOA2 to arrive at the NVC since we received our NOA2 January 12th, hoping this week. we know its a short window to acutally plan our wedding, but do need at least a 6-8 weeks to do so. just wondering at what point if any is safe to begin planning, I have heard not till visa is in hand which isnt a lot of time.

our options: Get married in the church ( we are both catholic and would like to marry in the church ) very small service which I think she would be a little sad with only a couple people there.

or a civil service, then plan to have our marrige blessed in the church later with a larger service and nice reception to follow with family and friends in attendance.

or try and plan the whole thing assuming a date within this process? Anybody have any Ideas, weddings are hard to plan especially if your the guy and here in the USA and she is not. would love some ideas and thoughts???

Not until VISA i hand,b/c God only knows what will happen next and it is very easy to plan for the weeding,specially if you think you invite not a lot of people and i am so happy that you guys planing to get married in the church. Very awesome!!! Good Luck.


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We waited until 5 days before the wedding took place. None of my family members weren't going to make anyways(vacations don't hang on trees) and Stephens relatives and friends were from the area so they just had to know a week or two beforehand. Would've adored to known and planned long in advance but I accepted that wasn't the case when starting this journey.

Postpone your POE a bit to have more time if you need more than the 90 days after your POE. After the visa is issued it's valid for up to 6 months(depending on your medical) before using/activating it. I was just to darn anxious to be with my husband that any wedding date would do :) I'd echo the others and wait with the planning until you have passport and visa in hand.

If your state requires a SSN applying for getting married and you end up being stuck with waiting for it, it would be sad. Not that it will happen though, there are just little things everywhere you can't predict.

Good luck! :)

plan now.. thats what i have done.. :)

so far we are at "getting married in Vegas"..

more details ONCE she have VISA in hand :)

Yes well, or this way works too :D


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I-129F approved in 180 days from NOA1 date. (195 days from filing to NOA2 in hand)

Interview took 224 days from I-129F NOA1 date. (241 days from filing petition until visa in hand)

From filing I-129F petition until POE: 285 days

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[…] or a civil service, then plan to have our marrige blessed in the church later with a larger service and nice reception to follow with family and friends in attendance.[…]

This is your best option. :thumbs: As others said, it's safer to not plan anything until you have the visa on hand.


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Well.. altough I agree with most others, we actually planned our wedding even before applying for the Visa. Our wedding date is june 9,2012 and we booked the venue, photographer, catering etc back in July last year (because I was in the States all summer). I will admit I have been a bit worried, however, I believe everything will work out in time! I didnt tell the guests to book flights and hotels yet though ;)

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Well.. altough I agree with most others, we actually planned our wedding even before applying for the Visa. Our wedding date is june 9,2012 and we booked the venue, photographer, catering etc back in July last year (because I was in the States all summer). I will admit I have been a bit worried, however, I believe everything will work out in time! I didnt tell the guests to book flights and hotels yet though ;)

Wow that's brave!! Looking at your timeline, you could very well be getting married on your planned wedding date :luv:

In my case though, I have read on here that the Accra consulate sets the interview appointments for 5-8 months after they receive the petition approval. :( So I am hoping that our wedding will take place in September. I haven't even received my NOA-2 yet but hopefully I will hear something in a couple of weeks (I am noticing alot of approvals through VSC on Igors List around the same time I submitted my petition)!


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Click HERE for our complete K-1 visa journey timeline.

Happily Married: December 1, 2012

AOS Journey:
Filing Date: 4/15/2013

NOA1: 4/23/2013

Received RFE: 5/13/2013 (We forgot to include proof of citizenship of co-sponsor)

Mailed our response to the RFE: 5/15/2013 (We sent the co-sponsor's U.S. birth certificate)

Biometrics Appointment: 5/20/13

EAD: arrived 6/24/13

AOS: APPROVED! No interview! Approval (NOA-1 letter)Date: 9/24/2013

2 year conditional green card received 09/2013.

10 year permanent residency approved 2016.

<3 Baby girl born February 2015 <3

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My fiance and I are going through the K1 process, actually right now waiting for the NOA2 to arrive at the NVC since we received our NOA2 January 12th, hoping this week. we know its a short window to acutally plan our wedding, but do need at least a 6-8 weeks to do so. just wondering at what point if any is safe to begin planning, I have heard not till visa is in hand which isnt a lot of time.

our options: Get married in the church ( we are both catholic and would like to marry in the church ) very small service which I think she would be a little sad with only a couple people there.

or a civil service, then plan to have our marrige blessed in the church later with a larger service and nice reception to follow with family and friends in attendance.or try and plan the whole thing assuming a date within this process? Anybody have any Ideas, weddings are hard to plan especially if your the guy and here in the USA and she is not. would love some ideas and thoughts???

From the options you gave, It sounds as if you and she will be happier with the civil service, then plan to have your marriage blessed in the church with more people their to enjoy your celebration.


“The moon is at her full, and riding high, floods the calm fields with light. The airs that hover in the summer sky are all asleep tonight.” ~William C. Bryant

Click HERE for our complete K-1 visa journey timeline.

Happily Married: December 1, 2012

AOS Journey:
Filing Date: 4/15/2013

NOA1: 4/23/2013

Received RFE: 5/13/2013 (We forgot to include proof of citizenship of co-sponsor)

Mailed our response to the RFE: 5/15/2013 (We sent the co-sponsor's U.S. birth certificate)

Biometrics Appointment: 5/20/13

EAD: arrived 6/24/13

AOS: APPROVED! No interview! Approval (NOA-1 letter)Date: 9/24/2013

2 year conditional green card received 09/2013.

10 year permanent residency approved 2016.

<3 Baby girl born February 2015 <3

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