Post # 1
It’s official! We’re engaged. Families and friends know and everyone is super excited!
We are having a relatively long engagement and the target date is December 2014…so when should I start planning?
In my head, nothing really needs to get done this early but I want some advice from the bees who have been through this!
When did you start planning? What needs to get done ASAP? What needs to wait?
ETA: Our engagement will be about 22 months in the end because of our impending graduation, relocating, saving, and winter wedding dreams. We also are having a backyard wedding at either my parents’ place or my friend’s house (they have a lot of land and amazing scenery!) so choosing/booking a venue is not necessary.
Feel free to post a basic timeline if you can!
Post # 3
By the time we get married we will have been engaged 19 months. I started planning like almost immediately. Nothing serious, just looking and getting ideas of what I like and do not like. We booked our first vendor, our photographer, a little over a year old. Because we were getting married during peak season, I knew getting a photographer and a venue early was essential. We booked the venue 12 1/2 months out or so. I feel like there are pops of planning for me. I won’t do much for a few weeks and then I pick an aspect of the wedding and plan away until I have reached my goal. Then I take a break for a bit. It is a ride not a race. Just take your time and enjoy the process.
Post # 4
@miss narwhal: Thank you! As I edited, our venue is not a problem. I plan on booking the photographer asap since that is an extremely important part for me.
My main concern is when to actually start the wedding dress/BM dress search (especially if I plan to get in a little better shape beforehand)
Post # 6
I started planning as soon as I got the ring.
Post # 7
@jenilynevette: Haha how long is your engagement?
Post # 8
@LittleMsPumpernickel: my engagement is going to end up being right around 23 months… We relaxed for a few months, and then we picked our venue and wedding date, and booked our photographer. My mom and I went shopping a couple times so far, but just looking for ideas! I’ve been thinking about color schemes etc but I’m not planning on doing much more for a few months and then I’ll get serious about it! I have really liked being able to do a couple things at a time and getting my first choice of EVERYTHING. that’s been awesome so far. Congratulations btw!
Post # 9
I had a 20month engagement. I started planning pretty immediately but then took a huge break for a few months. I got my dress just over a year out from the wedding, I also did bridesmaid dresses at that time. We booked photographer at a year and a half. Florist at the year mark. Everything we could book early we did…allowed us to get some deposits done with…
Hope that helps some!
Post # 10
@LittleMsPumpernickel: Got the ring on 12/13/2012, the day I joined the bee! We’ll have been engaged for 22 months on our wedding date! I had a ring previous to getting my actual ring, but i felt sooo much more real when I had MY ring!
Post # 11
i’m getting married december this year. i booked my venue in october and started to book the other important stuff the last month or so, but i’m not totally done yet.
i don’t know what you plan for decorations but watch for christmas sales! i’m using silver ornaments as scatter on the table and i went to big lots a few weeks ago and bought a whole cart full (literally full to the top) of silver ornaments for 12 dollars! i also bought up the string lights that were left over for more than half off.
here’s my inspiration picture because people look at me like i’m crazy when i try to explain this 🙂
Post # 12
Congratulations!!! Start planning right away, weddings take a while to plan, especially if you want a popular venue! I got engaged January last year and won’t be getting married until July 2015, and have picked out the venues and the guest list, just haven’t booked anything yet!
Post # 13
@mrsztobee: That is lovely!
Post # 14
I started just poking around looking at things when we got engaged (Feb 2012), started looking semi-seriously in about May 2012, then in September 2012, fiance and I just said “Screw it” and set a date for April 2013. So technically we’re planning the wedding in about 6 months. We’re both terrible procrastinators, so if we didn’t set a date relatively close, we would never have gotten married.
Post # 15
We’re doing some things now.
I’ve gotten all of the smaller stuff already [plates, bowls, cutlery, cups, ect]. We have chosen a venue and will be booking it in the next few weeks.
We’ve pretty much picked out everything for our wedding, just need to finish purchasing/paying for everything.
Post # 16
Here are some my inspriation boards.. I actually made these with things I’ve already bought/will buy. I wanted realistic boards 😀
Table decor :
Venue decor :
Cocktail hour :
Reception dinner :
Photo Booth :
Ceremony decor :
Candy buffet :