How long did you wait before planning your wedding?

posted 2 years ago in Waiting
Post # 2
220 posts
Helper bee

SimplyArt27:  We got engaged at the beginning of last March and are finally beginning to brainstorm. Our wedding will be October 2015. Enjoy being engaged girly! You will NEVER get back this special time. I feel as though so many people overlook it. It is the time to celebrate and start getting your ducks in a row for the marriage ahead of you.

Post # 3
4658 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We got engaged in August and will have our weddingmoon in Feb of 2016. We actually had our wedding planned in Oct of 2013. We decided on a date after we got enaged though. We are having a reception once we get back and we had the venue for that in April of this year. I also bought my dress in April. And I’ve been buying stuff since, such as little decorations and stuff. 

Post # 4
867 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

SimplyArt27:  Venues and vendors tend to book up very fast so I would honestly start planning now. I got engaged in early 2014 and wanted my wedding to be fall 2015 but we booked the venue and photographer (the two most important things to us) right away. We also got the DJ, and I’m working on getting my videographer and officient right now. Basically anything that is important to you i would figure out so its out of the way and done. Now that I am a yeat out im really planning hard. Just got my dress last weekend eep! But to be honest I kinda wish I did more sooner, the closer it gets the more ready I’m for it to just be here. Having a long engagment is good and fun to an extent but it gets stressful because your normal life gets so interupted by all things wedding. I still have almost a full year and I’m anxious to have it all planned so I can focus on normal life again. Don’t get me wrong it’s fun and I love it but stressing over a shade of white gets really old really fast.

Post # 5
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

SimplyArt27:  I got engaged last November and we did really start looking at venues and creating an idea for our wedding until around March this year. It is never too soon to start looking at things you want or are interested in. Some venues book out over a year in advance, so just keep those things in mind. Come up with a budget, window shop around and get some ideas for now.

Congrats and good luck!


Post # 6
1829 posts
Buzzing bee

My FI and I got engaged last month, and are planning a wedding for late Feb 2016 so our timeline is pretty similar to yours. 

First of all I would recommend enjoying the moment. If you want to start a pinterest board fine but let your new FI relax for a little bit, he has just gone through planning a proposal so let him enjoy that first. 

The second step would be to talk about budget and a rough idea of your guest list. These two things will dictate the rest of your wedding, from the size of the venue to what photographer, everything. Once you have that out of the way you can start looking at the things that are important to you. If you have a dream venue in mind call them up and ask for a quote and a viewing. That’s where we are at now, actually going to view a location this weekend 🙂 

Most of all, like I said just relax and enjoy the moment. You have a long-ish engagement so you don’t have to stress over everything now, but it doesn’t hurt to start getting the ball rolling slowly. 

Also, congrats on your recent engagement 🙂

Post # 7
230 posts
Helper bee

Haha I got engaged Nov. of 2013 and had a 7 month engagement and a Saturday summer wedding this past July so I was literally calling venues the weekend we got engaged.

I was shocked how quickly things came together in the planning but surprisingly enough, summer dates were more open than fall dates (what I originally envisioned as the perfect wedding season.)

I also was able to relax more than I thought for a month or two this spring, there ends up being a dead-zone sort of time where all the big stuff is booked and it’s too early for the detail stuff. Enjoy this time! 🙂

Post # 8
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Whitetail Ridge

We got engaged on September 5th of this year and are planning for March 5, 2016. We just have the church and reception venue booked because they’re 10 minutes from each other and we didn’t want to lose the date in either place, but as for anything else, right now we’re just enjoying being engaged and throwing around some fun, hypothetical ideas with our families.

Post # 9
25 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m a procrastinator… We got engaged August 2013, immediately decided on a month to get married (October 2014), found a venue that couldn’t be booked until 7 months prior to the event, and then didn’t do a dang thing until the venue was booked. After the venue was booked, I got my dress, and we booked a photographer and then didn’t do a dang thing until two and a half months until the wedding! Now we’ve been busting our butts trying to get everything finished up for next week. Thankfully it’s all worked out! I would not recommend this method. Start as soo as you can so that you can relax the month of your wedding!

Post # 10
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

SimplyArt27:  Gather up your thoughts. I’ve been planning my March 2016 wedding since February. I actually have a bit more planning to do because is going to be a destination weddin. What you can do is make a portfolio with the kind of flowers, decorations, centerpiece, colors, table chairs, everything but the dress. you’ll see that from here to 6 months, some things are going to change. But start thinking on what kind of wedding you would like it to be, how much money you will have save up vs. How much you would like to spend. It’s pretty fun, enjoy it.

Post # 11
795 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We had a seven month engagement, so we started planning right away. 

Post # 12
128 posts
Blushing bee

Your tastes are probably going to change a lot before 2016 but I would ask around for ideas. Look at what you can afford, what you think your budget will be, play around with different venue/location ideas. You don’t have to do anything concrete but it’s definitely better to think ahead… Especially because some venues have such a long wait. 🙂


Post # 13
35 posts

We are having a 5 month engagement.  We’re in our 30’s and already living together so no need to wait.  We’re also getting married on a cruise so we don’t have to stress over details…

Post # 14
744 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I would decide on date and budget first and then work from there. As someone said good vendors and in high demand locations book over a year in advance so if you want a summer Saturday wedding you might want to start looking at that now, however if you want a Thursday Friday or Sunday evening wedding on brunch then you will have a bit more flexibility.

At the minimum start looking around for what you think you could possibly want and start looking at pricing so you can figure out your budget and what you can and can’t afford early on.

Post # 15
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

My wedding is in August of 2016 and I just booked my venues, photographer and DJ last weekend. Might seem a little crazy, but once you have those bigger important things out of the way, you can worry about the smaller details once it gets closer.

Another thing to consider is where you live…in my city, there are a handful of extremely in demand venues and vendors that book up insanely fast, so it pays to jump on them as soon as you can.

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