How long before have you started wedding preparations?

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

MissKota1419:  We’ve been engaged nearly a month and planning a November 2015 wedding.

I’ve booked a tour of the reception venue, spoken to our Reverend and booked into two bridal salons.

We’re probably going to be properly planning in the new year, leaving 10 pay checks until the wedding. 

I think you’re right; give yourself some time to just live, then start planning 12-18 months before- that seems the general time to start.

Post # 3
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996 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

We originally had planned for a June 2015 wedding, and started planning around April/May. But we decided we had too many other (more important) things on our plate and have postponed to ~ September 2016. We will probably start planning from scratch again sometime next year. We want it to be a relaxed process if possible.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I am getting married on Valentine’s Day, I booked the celebrant and Venue a couple of months ago, I found my dress online (I needed a white, light dress since I am getting married in blistering Aussie summer heat).

I just realised yesterday that I have five months to go and I am a little freaked out by that, I’m wishing I had of done more by now. 

Post # 5
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347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We got engaged in mid-December 2013, getting married end of October this year. We started planning at the start of February 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

April – October are extremely busy months, for weddings. I’d start my research now, for venues, after setting-up a tentative guest list and budget, as some venues can be booked-up to two years in advance, especially for Saturdays. I wouldn’t sign any contracts yet, though, as many factors can change, although many places can offer discounts, for early signing. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

MissKota1419:  We got engaged a few days before Christmas of 2013 and will be getting married October 11, 2014. Planning started in January since we wanted to wait until Christmas and New Year festivities were over.

You don’t have to do this right away but if there’s a vendor or venue that you have an eye on, I’d research into how high of a demand they’re in.  Some book a year or 2 in advance and will sometimes raise their prices every year, so booking early on may save you some money.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

i got engaged this may and already booked my dec 2015 reception venue! but other than that, not much. we were originally doing a catholic ceremony, but now i want to do it in a botanical garden. so i need to get on that change lol 

Post # 9
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304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

I started planning our Sept 2015 wedding in March 2013; so a year and a half. I thought knew what I wanted though- and I still changed my mind. 

I agree with others that say look. There’s no harm in doing research, but I’d be weary of booking everything too far in advance, esp if you aren’t 100% sure and might change your mind. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think as much research as you can get done now, the better! The more time you give yourself to figure out your “vision” of what you want and to find a great venue and photog, the more relaxed you will be. everything pretty much falls into place after that.

I will have been planning for 18 months when the day finally comes, and while I will have everything done, I feel like if I had another month to plan and prepare, I would be happy (and more relaxed! lol).

I am so glad I gave ourselves a month to just enjoy our engagement, and then I started researching and laying the groundwork (I think it would have been better if I had started doing this casually earlier). We talked about what kind of wedding we wanted, put together a preliminary guestlist (to give us an idea of how many people we would want to invite), put together a preliminary budget (to give us an idea of what we would be spending/how much we would need to save to have the wedding we wanted), and started looking at venues and photogs in the general area we wanted to get married in.

I found an awesome venue at a great price that had everything we wanted (flexibility and amazing outdoor views), then chose a date that was in the fall (our favorite season) and worked well for our VIPS (family and close friends). We booked probably 14 months in advance? Then we started planning around that.

Post # 11
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8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We had a 22 month engagement and spent the whole time planning. At first it seemed like it was SO far away, and towards the beginning vendors didn’t take us seriously since we were almost 2 years away but I REALLY enjoyed having the extra time to plan. It made most of it a breeze and I didn’t start feeling pressured until the 2 month mark.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

We got engaged last year, and decided on a 2 year engagement since we are paying ourselves. In May of this year, I decided to set a solid date. July 25th 2015. We put a deposit on our venue in June. So, I gave myself 1 solid year, and I’m pretty much done already. Just have a few payments and details too iron out.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

MissKota1419:  I got engaged Feb. 2014 with an Oct. 2015 wedding date in mind. By early June 2014 I had all of my major items squared away: booked venue, caterer, DJ, photographer, videographer, cake and cupcakes, hotel blocks, purchased my wedding dress, began collecting all the smaller details for the wedding, set my color scheme and gave my bridesmaids their swatches and dress ideas for their mismatched dresses. Since June 9, 2014 we have just been saving. I still have to book my hair and makeup, but figured I have time to look around and decide. We are still being incredibly indecisive about honeymoon plans. 

If I were you, I’d even start next July. I always say that the only benefit of having a long engagement is if you take advantage of it. If you are planning on saving up, don’t put it off, start saving right now even! Do everything slowly and then you won’t have massive headaches in the months leading up to the wedding. 

Also, the further you book your vendors, the better chance you’ll have of getting your number one choice. Our DJ said that after we booked him, he got about ten inquiries for our date over the last two months or so from girls who just got engaged. I’m sure it’s the same across the board. FI and I were able to secure our #1 choices without any worry. We also were able to splurge on important things (like videography) because we knew we had more time to save for it. 

If you’re going to have a long engagement, take advantage of it. I say by next summer start really narrowing in on ideas and venues and vendors and then trying to book as far in advance as possible. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We got engaged in July of 2013, and our wedding is at the end of the month. So we planned for just over a year.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I started planning 7 months out. I did have a January wedding though, so that was probably easier to book than a summer wedding. Or perhaps I just got lucky. 😉

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