Post # 1
FI & I got engaged February 13 and we have decided on October 4, 2014 as our date. Since it is so far away, I don’t know whether to start planning now or just wait. We have thrown around some ceremony, reception sites and colors. But that is about it.
I have been told by friends to just buy things as we go but others say we should save money now and just buy things when it gets closer. So, I need y’alls opinion on which to do.
I REALLY want to start planning something. Anything, really. I am just so excited to get started. Is there anything not so major I can do now?
Any advice is welcome!
Post # 3
You could start researching and narrowing down venues, photographers and dresses you like? You could start a budget and a to do list in a spreadsheet. Also you could plan you stationery and colour schemes. And make a draft guest list and start gathering everyone’s addresses.
Post # 4
Our date is October 11, 2014!
There’s nothing wrong with starting now. I plan to buy things here and there that way I’m not spending so much money once the wedding day gets closer. We’ve already booked our venue, decided on colors, and have looked at decorations and flowers. This Saturday we meet with a caterer. I think it’s ideal to get things started ASAP as it makes for less stress in the end.
Post # 5
We’re getting married this October, and I started planning in September 2011. I know 2+ years in advance seems early, but we booked a very in-demand venue, and they already had dates after ours booked that early. We book our photographer in December 2011 and I bought my dress in May 2012.
It’s definitely not too early to do your research and decide what you like. It’s not too early to book some of your major vendors either- a lot of the good ones get taken a year or two in advance! That said, you have plenty of time, so you have nothing to worry about. As long as you don’t have your heart set on any specific thing, you could wait a whole year and still have enough time 🙂
Post # 6
I was talking with another vendor friend of mine (i’m a photographer, they are officiants) and we both noticed that people are starting to book us 18 months to 2 years in advance. It used to be 1 year in advance. We don’t know what’s going on with this trend lately! I’d say, from our experience of booking brides that far in advance, start thinking of your major vendors/venue and start planning your date and booking. We live in an area where we have a TON of popular areas and people that book up quickly. I am starting with a rule though, I’m not booking any further than 14 months in advance, to give other brides a chance. 🙂
Hope that adivce helps. Like I said, I’m not sure what’s up with this 2 year advance trend that is going on lately!
Post # 7
We got engaged in April 2011 and are getting married this October. I started planning in August 2011 – which is also when I bought my dress!! Luckily I haven’t any any dress regret of any kind, but I do understand how it could easily happen! With tv, magazines, this forum, Pinterest etc there are SO many ideas and I sometimes feel like I’ve been on wedding overload. I don’t think there is anything wrong with starting now if you feel certain of what you want. Some people change their minds completely though – going from rustic to formal, indoor to outdoor, different dress styles, colors, etc. So I would be very sure before purchasing anything.
Post # 8
i don’t think it’s too early.. that being said, i started before we were officially engaged.
we’re now 571 days out, and i have a lot done.
as of today- we’ve chosen our venue (deposit will get paid within the next week or two), we’ve chosen a photographer, i have my dress, tuxes have been chosen, and the deposit was paid, bridal party has been chosen, our invitations are designed, our program is designed, and i’ve chosen flowers.
why is it all done now? because i’m not working, and we’ll be moving in july. once we move, i have to go back to working, and i don’t want the stress of all of this while i’m working.
Post # 9
@Mrsluckywife: It’s never too early to start. I would do what PP said. Make a dropbox account and start writing things out like budgets and lists (budget, timeline, bridal party, ceremony ideas, etc), start researching and narrowing down venues, start compiling photos of dresses and BM dresses you like – doing the research now WON’T hurt, it gets very overwhelming about 6 months before the wedding so you’ll want to have as much detail as possible fleshed out before then!
I’d also recommend going Pinterest crazy. It helps a lot to see what it is that you like and don’t like when you go to write your budgets and timelines so you can write in all your DIY project deadlines. ^.^
For the record, I got engaged June 2012 for my October 2013 wedding and started planning IMMEDIATELY. It has helped SO MUCH to be a little ahead this whole time! It means at the last minute I’ll just be fine-tuning the small details! 🙂
Post # 10
Hey date twin! I have already been planning. We have booked our venue, caterer and officiant
Post # 11
Never too early if you know what you want!
Post # 12
We got engaged in february and are planning to have an october 2014 wedding. Not sure which day in October yet. Anyways, it’s never too early. I have to give myself the time to change my mind and be absolutely sure it’s what i want on stuff! We have a pretty solid idea of a venue, colors / decorations and have started making a non official guest list. The only thing actually done is engagement pics that we are waiting to get back and an officiant, only because my uncle is ordained! 🙂
Post # 13
I would say get started now.
FI and I got engaged in Dec 2012 and we chose our reception venue about 1 month later with a deposit paid, chose our ceremony location, and have booked our photographer.
I have asked 3 of my bridesmaids and he has asked 3 of his groomsmen. We know what colors we want, have researched DJs, cakes, flowers.
There’s no such thing as too much research and planning time!
Post # 14
Get started, babe! I’m 2015 but I’m already planning ours out now 🙂 Nothing wrong with that. We’ve seen venues, talked to photogs and DJs, and picked out what we like for invitations from Wedding Paper Divas. We intend to get a good idea of what we need for a budget.
Post # 15
I say start now! I’ve got the same time frame as you and I’m starting now. I need to make the most of my budget and don’t want to settle on anything, so planning early is key!
Post # 16
Thanks for all the advice/help ladies! I haven’t been on for like a week now. Our internet was down. We haven’t even started on a budget. We live in a super small town so any venue we choose here won’t be a problem booking later on. So, I think I will guestimate the guest list, invitation ideas, dresses I like, and other small things like that. I am just so indecisive, I am afraid I will change my mind if I make the big decisions too soon. Again, thanks for all the help!! 🙂