Post # 1
Ladies! I’ve hit that lull where all of my vendors are booked, but it’s too soon to have final detail appointments with them, and I’m afriad its too soon to start craft projects because they could get knocked around in the next 10 months. I’m bored to death! How are all of you killing the time?
Post # 3
That totally happened to me. I made the mistake of going crazy buying little *things* I thought I needed without a plan of how I was going to use them. After running out of most of our money, I ran around all last weekend returning stuff. I say, cruise around the internet looking at inspiration, think about songs, your ceremony – these are all things that are annoying at the end, but will be great to get done in advance.
Post # 4
Work on the craft stuff! Don’t let it sit because it’s better to just get it done now. I only had 4.5 months between the proposal and wedding. It was a crafting nightmare.
Post # 5
I would work on craft stuff that you know you’ll use! Like aisle decor/chair bows, altar decorations, and definitely lots of inspiration and going ahead and planning the logistics of where and how everything will get to it’s home at the wedding 🙂
Post # 6
I know what you mean! I feel like there is so much that I want to do but I don’t want to do it and then change my mind when I get closer to the day. There are so many great inspirations out there, everytime I see a new one I think that would just be perfect lol!
Post # 7
@chloeb0825: I’m the same way! The wedding in my mind has changed so much since I got engaged. I’m kind of worried that if I get started now on my crafting I’ll be so sick of looking at everything I’ll end up hating it and changing everything.
@joannet123: Good call on the songs and ceremony. We have had a running list going for wedding music that could probably use some updating. My ceremony is in a church so we’re not allowed to change anything about the ceremony itself. I have been knocking around ideas for ceremony decor though, but then I go right back to the too soon for crafting defense lol.. It’s a boring time for planning!
Post # 8
Wow–I wish I was there. I’m beginning to think that I’m way behind. But I like the suggestion of working on the ceremony and playlist. Also, it might be a good time to get bridesmaids/groomsmen gifts out of the way. I know what you mean about changing your mind, I think that when I start on the big projects I will have to unsubscribe to a couple wedding blogs so I don’t second guess myself.
Post # 9
I’m so jealous! We have the same date and we only have our reception venue booked! But I see what you mean about where you are in your planning. If I were you, I’d probably start designing DIY stuff but not actually making it. Like if you’re going to DIY your invitations, maybe start designing them on the computer? Then, if you change your mind, you can always change them.
Post # 10
@MissNewYork: We got engaged in December, and we have been planning since. We really didn’t need such a long engagement. Don’t get down on yourself for only having that much done. There’s still sooo much time left!
Post # 11
I agree with other people – spend this time working on your theme, color scheme, etc. – put together an inspiration board and if there are any ideas that you see that you think you will definitely pursue, start working on them now if they are DIY and don’t involve perishable things! I would also encourage you to start thinking about details that may not seem that important right now, but may be easily overlooked in the frenzy in the one-two months before the wedding: photographer’s shot list (specifically people you want to be sure your photog captures!), song or playlist, venue decor (personal photos, candles, photobooth, candy/dessert bar, etc), favor ideas/sources…I think having a short list of these things at the ready will be helpful when you do get around to your interim or final vendor meetings.
Also, I discovered the best part about being engaged over a year before our wedding: post holiday sales!! We are planning to do a “faux-to” booth, so I’ll be hitting up the costume shops for props and such in the days after Halloween! And I’m definitely planning to start working on invitations (I’m making my own pocketfolds) once our save-the-dates go out next month, while I have some life and work downtime. I have to make many so even if the finished product sits in a closet for 6 months, all that will have to be done when it comes time to send them is assembly and mailing!
And lastly, ENJOY THE DOWNTIME! Go on a mini-vacation with your FI or by yourself. Treat yourself to something nice and not wedding-related (massage, a new pair of shoes, a class, or even a new book).