Well, good for you guys getting what you want!! Yes, i would deffinately book that venue NOW!!
We got engaged and planned for a wedding in 14 months, THEN, a month into it, my mom was freaking out ( we were house hunting also ) and said that it would be too much, so we pushed it back. It then became a 21 month engagement.
I did start planning and getting ideas together soon after our engagement. Which was fine. I already knew who would be my bridal party – just 3 girls. My best friends. so that was easy for me.
Vendors will absolutely take you seriously… some book very quickly as you already know!! We just had our engagement pics the other day actually and I had my make up done by the same girl who is doing our wedding, and she said that she is already booking in 2013. So, even MAKE UP artists book up quick!!
But this is good for you, bc you CAN take your time, and do your research and find the best deals!! No big need to rush!
I think i booked my florist, and photographer – it would have been about 16 months ahead of time.
My dress I bought a few months after the engagement, I just couldnt wait!! lol. I looked and looked, taking my time. and I just found one I died for. So i got it. I sometimes wonder if I rushed into it. But, i look at it, as there are SO MANY, im sure you cant find the absolute perfect #1 ever! Plus i sitll love it! so thats good. haha.
I changed my mind with favors and centerpiecs, and the little things about 100 times!! and 2 different themes. BC i did have so much time, I would decide on something, then when i started to get really serious about the planning again, I changed my mind and im sticking to it now. Just keep your decisions loose and keep track of it all. Im very organized, so that works with me.
This way, you can make a budget and stick to it. You can take time to look at everything!!!!
I think I got back on the real serious planning track about 9 months out. Now is the time ( 9-8 months ) that things need to begin getting done. My girls and I are dress hunting for them, and we are getting the little things.
Take your time… Go ahead and plan now!! your engaged have fun!! But research before you commit!
Sorry this is so long!!! But hope some might help you out a little. 🙂