How long before?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1295 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

a year and a half!    it is SO hard I know.. I wanted to buy stuff for the longest time. We are a year away now, and have been engaged since Fall 2012. It was so hard not running out and starting but my tastes changed SO much    to keep my wedding urges at bay, I made lots and lots AND LOTS of inspiration boards… some of my tatses changes and some of them didnt !

Post # 5
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We were engaged in December 2012, I bought my dress February 2013. The wedding is in February 2014. I wasn’t planning on going to look at dresses until May or June, but I had a $50 off coupon for David’s Bridal that was going to expire, so I decided to start looking early…why not? I ended up not buying a dress from David’s Bridal, but after ordering my dress, wedding planning just started flowing. I had 90% of our vendors booked by the end of February.

I liked that I ordered my dress so early since this salon has a reputation of dresses coming in late, so I gave myself plenty of time to not freak out. By the time it comes in (hopefully this week), I’ll still have 3-4 months left before I need to start the alterations process.


Post # 6
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I got engaged 11 months before our wedding date.  Here’s sort of my timeline of when I bought things:

Invitations 9 months out (really good cyber Monday deal hence so early)

Dress  8 months out

Place cards and holders  6 months out

Guest book  5 months out

RSVP cards  5 months out (had to wait til menu was finalized)

Programs  4 months out

Table numbers and holders  4 months out

Rings  3 months out

Our venue is doing decor and flowers in house, so no answer on that.  I highly recommend pacing yourself.  It’s kept me sane and stress free.  I wouldn’t buy too much too early, in case your ideas/style or quantities change.  I had tons of bookmarked items last year that no longer exist now, so I had to search all over again for something else.  Congratulations and it’ll be here before you know it.


Post # 7
91 posts
Worker bee

My friend’s wedding is in April and she plans to start buying decorations now.

Post # 8
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Your wedding is about 3 weeks before mine and I already have my dress, shoes, necklace and headpeice 🙂  Haha my wardrobe is the most important thing to me and as soon as a see something I know will work great for me I buy it.  I feel that if I stretch all this stuff out it won’t hurt my bank account as much closer to the wedding because it won’t all be happening at once.  It’s hard having a long engagement and it makes me feel better if I’m actually able to do things for my wedding.


Post # 9
1305 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We only decided to get married 8 months before the wedding so that’s when I started buying things. Started with the dress.

We had been engaged for a little over 2 years when we decided to get married.

Post # 10
394 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I know it’s hard!  I have a sort-of long engagement, too (18 months).  The first thing we did was find a venue and pick a date.  That took a few months.  Then, we just put it on ice until the New Year.  Once I was a year out, I started making purchases.  That said, if you find good deals, I would buy them.  It can help to spread out the expenses by doing a little here, a little there. Be careful with things you might change your mind on, though.  I bought 24 pine wreaths to use for centerpieces, and have totally gone another direction.

Post # 11
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would pick your season, venue and overall theme/feeling before you buy anything!

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