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On Thursday I got engaged. Yay.
On Friday I plugged a possible wedding date (Oct of next year) into Wedding Wire’s planning tool and was promptly notified that I’m “past due” on like 8 things.
Somebody please tell me that’s bull. I’m not planning to get married in a popular venue or anything. In fact, to save money & be more personalized we are specifically looking at spaces that are not meant for weddings.
So, they’re crazy, right? Or am I already the worst bride ever?
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@MexiPino: We got engaged in mid feb and married in mid oct, so 8 months total. We had two ceremonies, three venues and aprox 100 guests. It was totally fine and we had plenty of time.
Post # 5
Congrats!!! You are fine on your time line but the recommended to – do lists are extremely helpful! I felt a little guilty about even thinking about planning this soon but once I sent out a couple of feeler emails I realized that I needed to get on top of things a lot quicker. I have had a hard time finding a venue and was shocked at how everything was already booked! A lot of the items listed on the lists the websites put together can be pushed back but I would definitely recommend collecting information, pricing and availability now so that you aren’t caught off guard when you start to really dig into planning.
Post # 6
@MexiPino: I am having an 8 month engagement. When I plugged my date into the knot, it gave me approximately 30 items past due (maybe more, point is that it initially created panic lol). But now the knot has a shorter engagement planning tool, so maybe try that one? Don’t worry, you have PLENTYYYYYYYY of time. 8 months feels like torture to me right now at the halfway point
Post # 7
I’m getting married in June and haven’t done a thing yet. I’m terrified to think of how many things I’m “past due” on. Oh well!
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- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@MexiPino: You’re fine. For my first wedding we got engaged in August. But we didn’t set our date until October. We set the date for March so I only had 5 months to plan. It was plenty.
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- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
@MexiPino: I really like the checklists on the knot and wedding wire. They are based on a one year engagement but all that really means is do those 8 things when you get engaged. I do see how a wedding can take a year to plan. think about colors, theme, decor, pick a venue and photographer should be done pretty early.
Post # 10
@MexiPino: I didnt follow those timelines, but I do suggest finding a venue and getting a dress sooner than later. 🙂
Post # 11
Thank you all!! I thought is be a fairly zen bride but last night I freaked and couldn’t sleep because of the stupid list!
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You’re fine! I got engaged early Feb last year and we got married 10/5. We had PLENTY of time. I would recommend focusing on venue/numbers first (so you get a venue big enough to host all the guests you plan to invite), and everything starts falling into place from there. I used the Knot’s checklist but I imagine WeddingWire’s is similar.
Post # 13
You are fine, but you shouldn’t be too laid back. We contracted one of my DD’s photographer’s in Feb 2008 for her May 2009 wedding. At that time the photographer only had 2 openings for the rest of 2009.
We are planning my last DD’s wedding in 9 months and have gotten extremely lucky, seeing she is a June bride. We had some vendors already totally booked but we did get ones we were very happy with.
Post # 14
@MexiPino: Congratulations! Most of those calendars and checklists are set up for a 12 month engagement, which seems to be the traditional timeline. I had a year to plan, and had months inbetween that I didn’t have anything wedding related to do. Don’t worry, it can be done in 8 months or less, but I would get a move on finding a venue and any other vendors that are important to you. Once the biggies are booked, it’ll be smooth sailing!
Post # 15
I planned my wedding in 3 months and it was top notch and amazing! You can totally do it!
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We got engaged in February 2012, I didn’t even start considering dates until September 2012 and didn’t start looking at venues until February 2013. We got married in October 2013 and it was magical – everything was the way i wanted it.