(Closed) Anyone else planning early?

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
Member
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I started planning our July 2013 wedding last year!!! Lol we got engaged Nov 2011 and the first thing we did was book our reception venue (dec 2011) and church bought my dress in Jan 2012 as well as DIY invite sets. I am a speech therapist in a school and did not want to do any large chunk of planning during the school year. So then this summer (2012) I bought our center pieces, decided on flowers, my girls purchased their dresses, I hunted for and purchased their shoes and jewelry, bought all of their gifts, bought my jewelry, veil, shoes, card box, ring bearer pillow and flower girl basket, unity candles and stands, tees custom made for the bachelorette party (a gift from me for that night) my garter set (etsy), save the dates (which we sent out last week), and booked our honeymoon. We also chose our linens but did not book them yet. Our taste testing will be next πŸ™‚ possibly Jan-Feb. I am soooo impatient so keeping busy helps keep my mind off of how much longer we have to wait!

Post # 4
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1975 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I got engaged on the 1st of january this year, wedding isnt until 9th November next year. EVERYTHING has been planned already, its all just small details from now on. πŸ˜€

Post # 5
Member
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Don’t let anyone tell you that you “can’t” do certain things too “far out” either. My gram is so old fashioned that when she found out we were engaged and had booked our church/reception venue soon after she went “what?!?!? You don’t need to do that for another year!” I’m glad we did book it though, and I’m so glad we have a long engagement in one regard cause we are able to pay for what we need as we go! By the time the wedding rolls around, the final payments shouldn’t be a huge deal. Hopefully. Lol

Post # 6
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1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

We got engaged mid-August of this year and aren’t getting married until mid-November, 2014. Still, we are touring and selecting a venue in December and then just relaxing until Summer πŸ™‚

Post # 7
Hostess
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We started planning last year as well, and our wedding is August 4 of next year! I’m just waiting to put all of the deposits down in December when we have some more cash. We actually went and picked out our rings today! My dress is already at home with FI’s aunt, I have my shoes. I have most of my stuff checked off of my list! πŸ™‚

Some people have been like “Wth are you doing?!” and others are stoked at how far ahead I am and have complimented me on planning so well. 

Post # 9
Hostess
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would contact some of the owners at the rental properties and tell them your plans. A lot of them will go ahead and secure a date for you if you are willing to put a deposit down and give you a rate. Just tell them you’re planning ahead for financial reasons! πŸ™‚

We started with the venue, which is actually a city owned beach right on the pacific. They too were pretty iffy about us booking as far out as we did, but I talked them into it. I then went for my dress, and then started started looking for florists and videographers. two of my best friends are professional photographers, so that was an easy choice for me. 

Also, setting up our wedding website helped me a lot too! 

Post # 11
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403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m in a very similar situation. I’ll be finishing grad school in the spring of 2014; my last year involves a lengthy internship, so the best time to plan is now.

Creating a budget was the first thing I did: researching how much everything cost and prioritizing which things were most important. Photography was #1, so we’re currently hammering out a contract with our photographers. Venue will probably come next.

At the same time, I’ve been slowly checking off the little things. I already bought my shoes and our cake topper. We’re working on the guest list, as well as looking at designers for invitations. Planning this far ahead means a lot less stress down the road. πŸ™‚

Post # 12
Member
1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am graduating in early May of 2014 w/ my business degree and I am getting married May 31! I am already starting to plan, I think starting early is going to help me out in the end since some months are more busy then others when it comes to school.

Post # 13
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1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I started planning about 18 months out.  I don’t think its unreasonable to start now.  I would try to take care of things like guest list, style/theme of wedding, venue, and dress off the bat.  After that I would look at any DIY projects you want to do.  Its definitly easier to do those when you have free time now.  Meeting with photographers, bakers etc were actually easier for me to fit into a busy schedule.  They were usually less then an hour, so I just picked a day I had a little free time and made it work.  It was the centerpieces, invitations and flowers that took forever to put together.  Good luck with your planning!

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