June 3, 2017 bride here! We got engaged last August and I started planning almost immediately. I wanted a June 2016 wedding but logistically it wasn’t going to work because of finance’s and my FI’s brother’s wedding. I’m so, so happy that we are under the year mark now! Here’s where I’m at, and I included dates in case any future brides come poking around in here:
Venue (with exclusive caterer): booked and deposit paid 12/15
Dress: purchased 3/16, dress arrived 5/16 (waaaaayyy earlier than expected, oh well)
Photographer: booked and deposit paid 3/16, engagement photos taken 5/16
DJ: booked and deposit paid 6/16
Wedding Planner (day of coordinator): booked and deposit paid 6/16, same company as DJ
Florist: I’ve received several quotes and am in the process of narrowing it down and figuring out my best option. I plan to have my florist booked by mid-August.
Videographer: I have just started researching because I didn’t think it was in the budget. Now I feel like I’ll regret not having one, so I’m trying to find a budget friendly option!
Save the Dates: I just put in my order from Minted! I’m still in the proof approval process, because I wanted my design to be tweaked, so I’m waiting on an updated proof. I want to have these sent out by the end of August since we’re having a destination wedding.
Website: I purchased a domain name and am actively updating the site to get all of the info we need up before Save the Dates go out.
Room Blocks: I finally booked a room block at our preferred hotel, and am working on getting a 2nd block set up since ALL our guests will be travelling.
I am so glad that most of our big vendors are done or will be done by September! I really want the last 6 months of our engagement to be about finishing up the little details, with some time for DIY. I’m in a new job working for a very well known hospitality/entertainment company in Florida, so 99% of my energy is being put into my job so planning isn’t fun right now. It’s hard to balance everything!