Post # 1
Okay I am just recently engaged and so very excited to be married to the love of my life. We are planning on October of next year. When is it too early to start looking for a dress? Or planning in general? Plus if anyone has suggestions or advice for this time of engagement and planning I would greatly appreciate it!
Post # 3
@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
@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
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
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
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
@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
@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
@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 # 11
Thank you everyone soo much! We have discussed budget and actually found our venue! @NicoleLyn1218 We actually wanted 10/4/14 but it was booked also.:/ Im so excited to enjoy this engagement but it really does get overwhelming pretty fast!
Post # 12
My wedding is planned and my dress is in my closet!!! We are getting married in 2015.