Post # 1
Hi everyone– I just got engaged on December 23rd– my incredible FI proposed to me in NYC– and I am slowly coming down off cloud 9 to begin planning. Oh my word it’s all overwhelming!
I probably shouldn’t be asking for advice right away– but as a general consensus, do you think a year and half engagement is too long before the actual ceremony? If I had my way we’d be married next month– but we’re paying for it ourselves (no parental help), and I want to have time to save up for something really special.
So glad I found yall! 🙂
Post # 3
Congrats on the proposal!
I too just got engaged (December 26th) and we are thinking of August 2012.
We too are paying for everything ourselves and are looking at a 15K-25K budget.
I do not think that a year and a half is too long. Just think about all the stuff that needs to be done.
Plus you will be able to take your time and look around, instead of being in a crunch for time and just selecting some stuff… especially venues.
Good luck with the planning process and most of the people on this board are VERY helpful. So feel free to ask questions.
Post # 4
Yay congrats :)!
@Suburban, I had an August 2010 wedding in Pittsburgh with the same budget! Let me know if you need suggestions or want to know pricing info. I probably looked at almost every venue possible in Pittsburgh lol.
Post # 5
Welcome and congratulations!
I got engaged beginning of Sept 2010 and will be getting married the end of Sept 2011. So almost exactly a year. I feel like that’s almost not enough time to do all the planning I want. As far as getting everything set a year and a half is great. That way you can get the vendors you want that usually book a year out (DJ, photographers, etc) and have a little bit of “leisure” time in your engagement.
Post # 6
Congratulations!! I don’t think a year and a half is too long at all. It goes by way faster than you would think. I still feel like we got engaged just yesterday, but it’s almost been a year now! We’ll have had a year and 3 month engagement, and it truly flew by!
Post # 7
CONGRATS and welcome!!!!
I dont’ think a year and half is too long. We only have an 11 month engagement and I’m wishing the wedding was tomorrow, but still…you need the time to plan AND save! 🙂
Post # 8
Thanks so much for the congrats– same to ALL of you! 🙂
Oh good– my fiance could not wrap his idea around the idea of a long engagement, he wanted April of this year !
Bless his heart, I don’t think he realized what all goes into planning one. I printed out a checklist and I don’t think the color has come back to his face yet.. hee 🙂
Post # 9
You will be surprised at how quickly time goes by. I’d make a list of all the things you have to do (or find a helper list online, they are out there), and start working on it. A year and a half is a really good amount of time.
Post # 10
Thank you for the offer, I will be sure to contact you with a million questions.
I am currently putting together my binder of checklists and other miscellaneous papers that way I can be organized.
Post # 11
Congrats on the engagement! a year and a half is not too long at all, especially if you are paying for it yourself, you will appreciate this time to save up for the deposits and such. Use the first few months to nail down your overall concept and ideas for the wedding. Then around the 1 year mark you can start to book your major vendors. The time will fly!
Post # 12
I agree! A year and a half isn’t that long, and saving as paying as you go along is wonderful! We had a six month engagement but were able to make that work too.
What I did was get a style notebook. I made collages, (saved them on computer and also printed copies of them off) and placed them in the notebook, in clear plastic pages and whatever things I liked.
I later on, after researching vendors, took the notebook to them to help give my idea of how I wanted our day to feel and look (and even taste!) to them, and it helped so very much.
Putting together a style “lookbook” as I called it, was key in making things go very smoothly, and also helping make sure nothing style-wise got lost in translation when working with my floral designer or event designers, or with the reception site. All went down perfectly!