posted 2 years ago in November 2016
Post # 2
1099 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

You could start getting ideas but usually a year out works well. There is enough to do to fill your time but not so rushed that you feel overwhelmed. You may want to contact the venue early next year just to see if they have your date available. If its a popular venue, they may book up really fast. I got engaged March 2013 and we are getting married October 2015, and while I looked at wedding stuff to get an idea of theme and over all feel, I had to change most of it because we moved cross country a year ago which changed our whole location. So since we are a year out this month, I’m actually starting to look at dresses seriously and we are deciding on all our big things now.

So I definitely say start getting ideas of what you like (Pinterest, pinterest, pinterest! lol) and then maybe middle of next year start nailing things down. HTH!

Post # 3
2016 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Hannahdnea:  Are you asking for theme ideas, where to start your planning or comfort that you aren’t crazy to be start Feb 2015 for a 2016 wedding?

Where are you located? If its a big city or a popular place to get married then it’s smart to lock in a venue as early as Feb 2015 for a 2016 wedding. 

Happy planning!

Post # 4
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

I’m also having a two year engagement and I started planning since day one. After picking out the date, I started looking at theme colors, decoration, centerpieces, flower bouquet, and looking at the average prices of venues and rentals. My main thing was discussing the budget with my fiancé. I made a portfolio with all my ideas because I had so many things that I started to forget everything. But my fiancé was okay with me starting to plan that early. But if you want to start doing things then I think that’s a good start.

Post # 6
952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Merritt Winery


Hannahdnea:  I agree that a year is totally fine as far as a wedding planning timeline goes.  Honestly, I was glad that DH and I didn’t have a longer engagement.  I was SO SICK of wedding talk by the end.  I would say book the venue now or maybe in a few months to get that out or the way.  On the flip side…most men have NO IDEA what all goes into wedding planning!  So, I’m not surprised that he doesn’t think you need to start lol.

Post # 8
1410 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Hannahdnea:  We got engaged on 21st December 2013 and our wedding day is 19th September 2015. In April 2014 I had booked the reception venue (caterer, cake and flower decorations included) and the photographer. In September 2014 I booked the church for the ceremony (you can’t book more than one year in advance in Sweden) and I bought my dress on 2nd August 2014 (though I hadn’t planned on it!). 

I think that providing you have the money or don’t have to pay a massive deposit, go for it and start booking the big things. The things that run out fast are things like venues and caterers, and I’ve always found that being early is better than being late. 

We’re just now looking at the invites we want and will be sending them out by the end of January or early February. That’s because we’re getting married in Sweden and half the guests will need to make travel plans though 🙂

Post # 9
7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Hannahdnea:  Get an idea of who you are thinking of inviting, so that you know approximately how many people your venue needs to hold.  And an idea of your budget range.  It looks like you’ve already chosen your photographer and have some ideas regarding venue ideas and theme.  

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