Post # 1
So I am getting married in January 2014. I got engaged to my fiance last November, and I’m one of those girls who are pretty excited about planning her wedding, I’ve been imagining stuff for it since I was a teenager.
I’ve already decided on my dress, and started paying it off (its a $3000 Jean Fox design, fairly pricey for me); we have decided on the ceremony/reception venue, and will be booking that this weekend; I’ve chosen my bridesmaids, bought my shoes, have an idea about the invitations and save the dates, and I’ve sort of run out of things to do this early.
Am I being a crazy organised bride? Have any other 2014 brides even done anything?
Post # 3
I personally don’t think you’re being crazy organized…especially if your starting to pay everything off already
Post # 4
I don’t think so. You’re likely getting your first choice in regards to venue and it’s awesome you have so much time to pay off your dress. As long as you don’t start second guessing everything then I think you’re good 🙂
Post # 5
Whoa. You’re going to run out of things to do! Lol. More love to a fellow Type A.
Post # 6
I don’t think its crazy. I know people who have gotten everything done a year or more before there wedding and most of them ended up changing things…. because they rushed into planning and regretted things( dress,venue,flowers)… just be very sure if you start to pay for something it REALLY is what you want.
Post # 7
Yeah, I generally don’t change my mind once I fix on something. Especially if I am paying an exorbitant amount of money on it.
I don’t know if it’s the same in the US, but in Australia January is one of the most common months to get married (being Summer and all), so I really wanted to get the date we wanted. And both I and my fiance are very picky, so I figured if we start looking now we’ve got more of a leeway if its hard to find stuff we like.
And we are trying to save up as much of the money for it ourselves as we can, so to have an idea of how much we had to save I had to get an idea of how much venues are in our area. So then it pretty much just progressed to inspecting places, and we figure if we’ve found one we think is perfect, we may as well book it now. 🙂
We got the pictures back from our engagement photoshoot on Friday, and I’m dying to do the save the dates with them, but I know I have to wait until at least 6 months out, haha. It’s so hard, I’m so excited about it!
Post # 8
Well I’m getting married in June 2014 and I sort of already bought my dress (I got a sweet deal on my dream dress in a sample sale) plus by the end of the month we will have our ceremony and reception venues booked! Nothing wrong with being organised 🙂
Post # 9
@JessStretch: date twin!!!
i have not purchased anything yet but do have everything picked out
Post # 10
it’s good to be organized. nothing wrong with it. you will have a better idea of how much of a budget you are going to need.
Post # 11
I don’t think you’re crazy. However I do caution you. My Fiance and I have had a bit between our engagement and our wedding next year. In the beginning I had all this stuff planned and worked out…..but that was in 2010 and almost all of that stuff has fallen through. Our original venue plan didn’t work out. The colors we decided on are no longer in play. I’ve added a maid to my party. My original dress didn’t work out then I found a dress that is stunning and the exact opposite of what I had intended.
Just remember you can make all the plans and gather all of the ideas you want but you will change and trends will change over the next year or two so gather ideas but be flexible.
Post # 12
@SweetHoneyBee: I have been a bit worried about the dress, but I tend to not like trendy things, especially the wedding gowns that are very in vogue at the moment. The dress I’ve chosen is a pretty simple classical gown that won’t date very much and if this one falls through for whatever reason (touch wood) the same style will still be floating around. So hopefully that doesnt happen, haha.
And I couldn’t ever go for any colour other than purple, I love it too much, hehe.
@mattsgirl813: yay! 🙂
Post # 13
Nice job! I’ve done a whole bunch of stuff too.. I have changed my mind a few times but it’s not like I’ve already printed 200 invitations. I just have done a couple mockups and perfected it. And may perfect it even more in the next year… but I enjoy preplanning like crazy and we already have our venue and photographer and limos booked too!
I think I’m taking it a bit far when I start thinking of a schedule for the actual wedding day 20 months in advance though 🙂
Post # 14
All right, we booked and paid the deposit for our venue last weekend! And we attended an expo at our venue and chose our celebrant too! So now I just need to sit back and save all my money, haha, the big things are sorted.
@Pinkmoon: I haven’t started planning schedules yet, though I did get to see the amazing old homestead house at our venue that me and my bridesmaids will be staying in the night before the wedding and getting ready in, and it was so amazing and beautiful and just gave me such a good picture of how things would look I started imagining it all!
I’m trying to decide on what style of invitation I like now; it’s so hard, there is so many pretty designs I want. 🙂
Post # 15
I’m at the end of 2013, so I’m kind of in the same boat. You’re excited. Don’t send out the invitations until a few months beforehand and don’t let people off of the board know just how wedding obsessed you are and you’ll be fine. 🙂
I have only been engaged a few months now and I already have the venue, photographer and officiant. I’ll have the DJ shortly once I work out a few things and I’m already looking at dresses. Frankly, I think planning this far ahead is great, it means you can have plenty of time to decide everything!
Post # 16
I am April 2013 and got engaged April 2012. I am a teacher and knew most of my wedding needed to be planned ASAP being that school was winding down for the year and I would be out for the summer. When I immediately started planning people said I was planning to early. Let me tell you………nothing could be further from the truth! Every vendor I booked was already booking into 2014! The best advice I did get however was once I made a decision (regarding the vendors which to me are the most important decisions) to stick to it and stop looking. I have had dress, venue, date, you-name-it regret, lol. But that’s because I kept trying to compare my day to all the ones I see on the boards.
Trust your instincts and you will be fine. Take your time in planning the details (STDs, invites, favors, etc.) you have plenty of time for those because it’s to early to start stressing out