Post # 1
Have you or would you do any pre-planning before the engagement? So my Boyfriend or Best Friend and I are going through a pre-engagement workshop through October and I feel like the proposal will come after that. So we had the financial talk on Sunday (we went through all of our bills/obligations and discussed budgeting/planning for paying things off). Then my Boyfriend or Best Friend said he’s been working on a guest list and we needed to start thinking about the cost of the wedding and explore different venues. I’m just not sure about looking at venues before a proposal, I feel like people will ask about a ring. What do you think?
Post # 3
What do you mean by planning? I don’t think there’s anything wrong with getting ideas together of what you want, but I personally wouldn’t and didn’t book anything until I was engaged. I think it’s jumping the gun a bit, IMO.
Post # 4
@Soontobemrs2012: I’ve got all kinds of ideas and thoughts and have narrowed down my venue choices to well…1. LOL I havne’t gone to look and am trying to hold out until he actually proposes to do so. I won’t book it until after he asks. We’ve discussed budget, guestlist, clothing, table numbers, what we like/don’t like, what HAS to be included, what can be left out…yeah…it’s pretty planned in idea space. Nothing is concrete or will be until he asks.
So tell him to ask already!!! 🙂
Post # 5
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with doing reconnaissance. My bf and I just had a sit down/discussion about wedding planning this past weekend: dates, # of people, guest list, potential venues, budgets, honeymoon destination. I think the proposal is coming in the next few weeks but as long as I know it’s inevitable and I’ve got a timeline, I’m okay with doing research and letting my mind wander. However, I won’t be booking vendors or venues, paying deposits, or buying anything before the proposal.
Post # 6
@aithinne: Yea, it would be much easier if he just asked already.
I guess I was just thinking about looking at venues in person, not actually booking anything. It never crossed my mind until he brought it up and I emailed some places to get prices and many were already booked through September/October next year.
Post # 7
My Fiance and I actually had our venue picked out before we were engaged! We talked about getting married, and it was actually HIS idea to go look at venues! Of course by then he had already told me that he planned on us being engaged by the end of the year…but yep…we had the venue before the ring, go figure! haha. We also started looking into costs and stuff around that time so that we could figure out how much money we were going to need to save up to be able to afford the wedding we wanted. It worked out though! We already have all big things done and taken care of and a lot of details figured out…and the wedding is still 9 months away 🙂
Post # 8
@Soontobemrs2012: Venue’s book father than most people think. I’m lucky that mine is owned by the city, and they won’t open up to booking 2015 until Jan of 2014, so I’m lucky. I’ve told him that as well, that if he takes to long, we might not get to have it where we want unless he lets me book first.
Post # 9
Lol i’m pretty much the same in term of planning. We have an agreed amount on the guest list,a budget, an idea of a location ..down to a few choices,we already have the blessing of who will marry us,rough idea of Bridal Party, honeslty 95% of tings are decided just need to book and organise.
@Soontobemrs2012: I think that answer isn’t so black and white. I started getting ideas without SO knowing as i saw fun things I might want to consider. One day we were talking and it kinda tured into planning from there I told him my ideas he agreed to all if not most of them and then told me what we wanted just 3 things were a 100% most and he getting those 3 wishes 100%. If there is a chance of your SO freaking out or thinking your rushing hold off til he propses. Because some guys get excited and women go a lil crazy and scare the poor guy off that way. It’s a partnership if you both agree it shuldn’t matter what others think the proper/right way to do it.
Post # 10
Wow… who would have thought that “No” would out weigh the “yes”
We’re not engaged as yet but we too have pre-planned a lot. We even narrowed down 3 countries for the honeymoon.
We have not made any wedding purchases nor booking though. It is okay to pre-plan. I will be having a short engagement and all of the pre-planning will be helpful.
I would usually say that we are planning to get married.
Post # 11
@Soontobemrs2012: I think it’s fine to sort of dream and poke around looking for a venue online, figure out what style of dress you like, have an idea of what the budget would be, and throw together an informal guest list. And maybe compile a list of ideas of stuff you want to include in your wedding day. I’ve done most of these and am not yet engaged, but it was all for my own enjoyment and it’s all super casual, secret, and will be easily changed (other than what I want in a dress!) once we’re engaged and we actually discuss these things.
It sounds like you are in a different situation, though, where both of you are actively planning and discussing it. So I’m not sure what I’d do in that situation; but I do think that things like setting a date and booking the venue and vendors should wait until after you are engaged, unless for some reason you already know you’ll be having a very short engagement. It is likely that people will ask you things about your engagement if you start talking to people and formally arranging things like that.
Post # 12
i personally wouldn’t put any deposits down, but we already have a wedding account and have talked finances with my parents. We are also going on an inn tour that happens to include a venue we love
Post # 13
I haven’t actively planned anything, but my mother and I have sat down a few times to figure out a preliminary guest list…which without any of my friends was around 60 people! We do this and try to figure out what kind of budget I might need to have, then we get frustrated and stop talking about it. So, I don’t really call that planning because absolutely nothing has been determined at all!
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
I did nothing before we got engaged. Wedding planning is enough of a bother that I’m really glad I didn’t waste time before the engagement planning anything — the eleven months we’re going to be engaged by the time we get married in October are going to be way more than enough.
Post # 15
I think as long as your SO is on board, it’s fine to start planning. My SO and I have started looking at venues, talking about colors, themes, invitations, etc… However, we haven’t made any purchases and would not go out to visit a venue until we are engaged. I work in the wedding industry and there are a lot of people who are legitimately working to get a leg up on planning before engagement, but there are also a lot of people who are simply playing pretend and wasting your time. I absolutely do not want to risk being percieved as the latter, so I will not speak to vendors about things until we “look” engaged. I know it’s a social construct, but I’d be mortified if someone treated me rudely because they found out we were not officially engaged yet. (Just to be clear, I don’t pre-judge people I deal with who aren’t engaged since I know there is a grey area between being serious and being engaged, but I see a lot of other people in the industry who feel very strongly on the subject!)
Post # 16
@Soontobemrs2012: We bought my dress in March I believe, and we’ve been steady planning (talking to vendors, agents, etc) since February.
He proposed on Saturday.
As weird as some people like to tell me it was, it’s been a great decision for us: now, we just get to sit back, work out a few details, and have fun.
There is nothing wrong with planning before the ring *if he is on board.*