Post # 1
I just got engaged a week ago and I kicked it into high gear really fast bc I was hoping to get married in a year. However, after talking it over with my fiance we’ve decided that we should get married in 2 years.
Now, I have no idea if I should continue planning or wait a bit? We live in S. Cal and want to get married in my home town in N. Cal. I’m going to N. Cal for thanksgiving and was wondering if I should check out the venue that I’ve been in touch with or will this be wasting their time bc our date will be in 2016.
I don’t expect a crazy big wedding but reasonable so I have no idea if I should start researching catering quotes, dj quotes, or even asking my friends if they’d want to be in the wedding or not.
Any advice will help! Thanks ladies! And congrats to all those engaged as well!
Post # 2
We are getting married in just under 2 years but are already planning. The more time you have the more you can negotiate and really get to know what you want! We were getting ideas before getting engaged but started seriously planning about 3 weeks after the engagement. Venues can book up quick and many already offer 2016 packages so its not too early to contact the venue you want. As far as asking people to being in the wedding – I would wait for that. You may change your mind. But it doesnt harm to plan and research early!
Post # 3
KateA17: Thank you so much! I’ve spoken to some of my co-workers and they said the same thing! I was going to hold off on the planning but I’m gonna kick start it up again!
Post # 4
KatFishWedding: i got engaged Nov 2011 with a Sept. 2013 wedding. I had my catering hall book by Dec 2011. Thats the biggest thing bc availability goes quickly where i live. Once i had the venue booked, everything else waited. I bought my dress early, Feb 2012.
Dj, Photog, Flowers were booked by the middle of 2012
We did things on the early side bc we also needed to save and organize our apartment. So I did things one at a time to avoid being stressed bc we had a lot going on
Post # 5
I see no problem with checking out the venue you like. Might as well see if it’s something you’re really interested in or if you can cross it off your list.
I got engaged 9/21 this year and looked at our first venue within a week. We booked our top choice about 2.5 weeks after getting engaged, but we’re also getting married next summer so time was of the essence.
Post # 6
We got engaged in July 2014 and are thinking September 2016 wedding. I am getting a lot of pressure from my fiancé’s sisters to start planning, one in particular who decided it would be her wedding gift to us to plan the wedding (I didn’t ask for it, we have different tastes and styles, and I have a terrible taste in my mouth over it).
I’ve decided I’m not starting any sort of planning other than deciding on my bridal party and adding things to my Pinterest board until January 2015.
Post # 7
KatFishWedding: We got engaged May 31 2013 and I started planning seriously last November. I wish I would have booked sooner. I say start planning early. More time to fine tune what you want and budget.
Post # 8
We got engaged May 2013, and I immediately started researching budget friendly venues in my are to get an idea of the type of wedding we wanted. We knew we wanted to save up front, and by early 2014 I had my venue chosen and booked. We’re taking our time planning everything else but time sure does fly by. We’re almost a year out from the wedding and I’m in the process of locking down our photographer and dj.
I’d say as soon as you get engaged be realistic about your budget and do as much research as you can! I refused to look at any venues over our budget and I don’t regret it! Cuts down in the search department
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2014 - A sunny beach in Freeport, The Bahamas
I picked out my dress within 2 months of getting engaged. After that, it took almost a year to start any planning. And our wedding date and location changed three times, from 120 in the Atlantis Ballroom, down to 30 at a restaurant, and finally down to the two of us in The Bahamas.
Post # 10
Start planning by all means, but don’t make your final guest list yet and don’t pick your bridesmaids and MOH yet either.. 8 months after inviting a couple of people to my wedding I wished I hadn’t… friendships can change/evolve/grow/run their course, so I’d wait with that 🙂 But with the venue and stuff I’d go ahead and plan.