Post # 1
So we’ve finally set our date…… May 21, 2011.
Is it too soon to be planning things? Purchasing my dress? Going dress shopping with the girls?
How long did you guys wait or how soon before did you start shopping around?
Post # 3
i’d plan for the big things, vendors and venues. you can lock in current prices which will save you money in the long run plus you’ll essentially have first pick of everything! as far as dress shopping, i would maybe hold off on that for now, at least until you get the vision of your day set. then you can pick your dress accordingly. that and waiting might cut down on becoming a multiple dress bride. good luck and congrats!
Post # 4
We got engaged Memorial Day weekend 2009 and our date is October 29, 2010. I waited about a month and 1/2 and then plugged away at the larger tasks. And tea is right, you might be able to lock in lower prices if you book sooner than later.
Post # 5
i don’t think it’s ever really too early to start planning. the fiance and i have been engaged since this january and we’re getting married in december 2010 – that’s two whole years! actually, it’ll be 11 days shy of two whole years, but who’s counting… lol
it’s good to get a jump start on things b/c sometimes it can become overwhelming. just keep in mind that depending on where you’re getting married, some churches/hotels/halls/etc. don’t open up their books til about a year out, which makes it a bit difficult (read: frustrating) to really nail down a date. but if you have all that already (not sure if you do since you say you have a date already), then i say plan away! just make sure to take a few breaks here and there – you don’t want to burn yourself or your fiance out or your wedding party.
have fun and enjoy being engaged!!!
the time will fly by – i promise. we started with 23 months to go and now we’re at 15 – where those other eight months went, i have no idea!! lol.
Post # 6
oh yes, and i second what tea said – locking in this year’s prices would be fantastic. we did with our reception venue which is great b/c they were obviously going to up in 2010, and because we’re getting married on the last day of 2010 (new year’s eve!), we could have ended up paying 2011 prices because our ‘event’ will go into 2011 – albeit for only like an hour or so, but still! we signed the contract last month and are gauranteed 2009 prices for the entire event – score! haha!!
Post # 7
I agree.. not too early to plan out large things, get ideas in place for what you want and start on some DIY stuff you can easily put away that won’t get damaged.
Post # 8
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
We got engaged last month and are getting married in January 2011. I’m already planning (in fact, I’m meeting with my favorite venue this Saturday, and I’m SO excited), because I want to spread out the fun as much as possible. I want my wedding planning to be a completely enjoyable experience, and if I wait until later I may get stressed out. This way, when it comes closer to the wedding I will be able to just slow down, relax, and enjoy everything!!
I agree with everyone else about holding off on buying a dress, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look! I will actually be going on my first dress shopping trip this weekend, just to get an idea of what I want, and because it’s fun!
Post # 9
We’re date twins!!! I’m collecting ideas that I like but not making too many solid plans yet. We did find a fantastic (and great priced) photographer so we are going to put a down payment on her services just to make sure we get her for our date. We also know where we’d like to have it so we’re going to the resort next month to talk to them about what they require to hold the date. I have a dress that I bought years ago but still love so I don’t have to dress shop but I am going to wait on bridesmaids dresses, flower girls, etc.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
I think it’s too early for the dress stuff, but booking big vendors like photog, venue, caterer, etc is fine now. 🙂
Post # 11
I guess I win for longest wedding from now.. we got engaged last month and we’ll be tying the knot in July 2012. I pretty much have an idea of everything that I want already! I wanted to find out what was out there, so I didn’t miss out on anything I REALLY wanted. for example, my wedding venue takes reservations beginning in January for 2012 and it books fairly quickly. if I hadn’t have found that out now, I might have been out of luck for the place I’ve been dreaming about since I was a little girl! my friends are already jokingly calling me bridezilla 🙂 I have held off on dresses and all things clothing. like I said, I have ideas, but as everyone else mentioned, only the big things are really necessary to plan in advance.
Post # 12
Even though I am a bit of an OCD personality ..I definitely don’t think so..My date is June 19 2010 and I already have venue/reception site, dress, and I am working on the photographer..and I’m glad I started early b/c I only got the date I wanted at my venue b/c someone else cancelled! At least get your venue, they book up fast.
Post # 13
- Wedding: April 2010 - Marie Gabrielle, Dallas
I don’t think it’s too early for a lot of the planning, but you might want to wait a little bit on the dress stuff. The venue that you choose might help you narrow down your dress choices. But it’s definitely not too early to look at vendors and venues!
Post # 14
I would say start looking at venues, photogs and music options.But for details like dress, favors, flowers… you may want to wait. I’ve been an engaged the same difference in time and have already changed my mind a lot.
If you don’t already, I recommend getting a list of blogs to read to give you inspiration and ideas. There are a lot of unique and interesting ideas out there! Plus, reading blogs also gives advice from brides who have “been there, done that”.
Here’s mine! http://crosscountrywed.blogspot.com
Some of my other favorites are Style Me Pretty, Snippet & Ink and Weddingbee (of course!)
Post # 15
I started planning about 16 months before our proposed wedding date… and I have changed my mind 1000 times over.
I don’t think you should book vendors yet, especially because of the economy. You could book a vendor, but by the end of the next year they could be out of business & then you’re out a deposit.
One of the good things about having so much time is that, once you have a general idea of what you want, you can find deals to make it happen. You don’t have to rush… if you like a certain dress style, you have time to shop around to find the right price. You can take advantage of end of season sales to get different supplies for DIY projects etc… don’t book any vendors until you’re 100% committed to your vision of your day.