When is it too early?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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1888 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsHullToBe:  Biggest piece of advice:  Enjoy it!  Don’t start obssessing yet this is the time to relax and have fun!  Beyond that start gathering ideas.  There’s not really a technical ‘too early’ for most things.  It’s a good idea to start looking at venues, looking at the big B (budget) and figuring out the preliminaries (how big a wedding, budget, etc.).  It’s fun to go dress shopping, esp. if you find ‘the one’ and if you start looking it gives you the chance to wait for sales (always a good thing).

Post # 4
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1020 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@MrsHullToBe:  I got engaged July 17th and started right away after we got back from vacation. We discussed budgets and guest lists almost right away. Then I researched venues and whatnot and we looked at the venue we wanted in August and wanted 10/4/14 but that was booked…..along with all of Septemer, most of August, and only one weekend was left open in October so we took it (10/25/14). I have my photographer and cake maker already….I’m going to look at dresses (mine and bridesmaids too) on November 3rd and have engagement pics November 2nd. I have a good idea of what the center pieces are going to be. I asked all my wedding party in August. Ummmm. I’m doing fake/silk flowers. I have the box I’m going to DIY my card box with…and yeah. It’s never to early to plan as long as the engagement is official!

But like PP said, please enjoy this time and don’t obsess!! 🙂

 

Post # 5
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3596 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

You can start planning right away. I got to know a lot of vendors and venues. The only thing is some vendors seem a little rude, for example I went to order flowers for something else and as the florist to see his book and he straight up refused when I told him I was a year and half out. Other Vendors weren’t as rude but told me to come back at a year out.

Post # 6
Hostess
30313 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Planning can start right away, as can dress shopping if you’d like! 9 months would be a comfortable point to order your dress, so looking through magazines now, or starting to have bridal appointments at salons is a good idea.  It also might help to start with looking at venues first, so you have an idea of what kind of dress you’ll want to have to suit your venue! 🙂  Happy engagement, and happy planning!

Post # 7
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2132 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Definitely enjoy it, but use the long engagement to your advantage. A lot of foreign gowns can take close to a year to come in. My wedding is July 2014, and I started looking for dresses at the end of last February to get an idea of styles I liked. I feel in love with one, and put money down on it in August. Good thing too, because it is an Italian gown that must be ordered at least 10 months before the wedding. Engagement is special and important and should be enjoyed, but more time equals more options.

Post # 8
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866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsHullToBe:  I would definitley go ahead and decide on a budget, wedding size and venue.  Also, if you are using a coordinator (which will be worth their weight in gold), go ahead and interview and hire them, the rest can wait a couple months.

Post # 9
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1197 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsHullToBe:  congrats on your engagement!! I started planning right away, and I would highly recommend it.  venues we were looking at filled up so quickly, and I’m very glad we started planning early.  I’d say choose the big things first (budget, guest count, location), and decide the rest around those things.  enjoy!!

Post # 10
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6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsHullToBe:  Congrats on your engagement!!!!! Take your time and enjoy this bc it will fly by!!!!!!!!!

As for your dress, it depends. If you plan on going to a store like David’s Bridal, you can wait a little while because they sell their dresses right off the hanger, where as if you go to a privately owned boutique, it can take up to a year for the dress to come in. My dress took a little over 10 months to come in.

Post # 12
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767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

My wedding is planned and my dress is in my closet!!! We are getting married in 2015.

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