Post # 1
Ok. I just got engaged Jan. 15 2011…I have noticed that so many brides are already booking venues, dress shopping and everything in between. We are not even getting married until the end of July 2012 and I feel like getting so prepared this soon is just crazy! I have been “planning” my wedding since I was like 13 and I thought I had it all figured out. Now that I see that the timeline is the only thing I forgot to acknowledge, I am getting a bit nervous. What is the “norm” for wedding planning and all of the bookings and such???
Post # 3
Depends where you live. We booked pretty much everything 8-9 months before the wedding and had our choice of all of April 2011 cuz no one had booked it up yet. But I know some places (like in NYC) will book up 2 years in advance!
Post # 4
No need to panic, you’re WAY ahead of the game compared to a lot of brides. I only had a nine month engagement and had no problems booking anything. There are even girls who plan a wedding in under six months. 18 months is an eternity. Just relax and enjoy being engaged! 🙂
If you want to start creating a checklist here are some good resources:
Post # 5
No. Most people start planning a year out. If you want a really popular venue (or photographer, caterer, etc) on a super popular day then it’s best to book as far in advance as possible. But generally, I don’t think you really need to start planning until the summer.
Post # 6
You have plenty of time!! Most brides I’ve talked to start planning between 9 months to a year. If I were you I would take the next 6 months to SERIOUSLY consider where/how/what/theme/colors/etc BEFORE you start booking ANYTHING!! I’ve seen waaayyyyy to many times on here how brides have put deposits on stuff and then changed there mind (lost their deposits) or changed their mind about dresses after they’ve bought and paid for them (non refundable)…..I would just really think about it for several months and know exactly what you want and in about 6 months go from there! Don’t panic, you have soooo much time! I only have 4 months until my wedding and have a million and one things left to do!!!!
Post # 7
Between people changing their minds and vendors going out of business don’t feel rushed to do anything so far in advance. The only thing I did really far in advance was book my venue because I really wanted it there and on a certain date. You may just want to collect ideas for a few months but not give any deposits.
Post # 8
Try and book the important things like venue and photographer. Or if you are getting married in a church then book that day as well. They go fast. Especially since your wedding is during a summer month.
Post # 9
You have plenty of time!! We didnt book our venue until 6 months out from our wedding date. It really will depend on the venue, area, and time you are getting married but don’t worry because there will be an awesome venue available, a great photographer, etc.
Here is another great checklist for you – http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/weddings/planning/wedding-planning-checklist-00000000000222/index.html
Post # 10
Relax and enjoy being engaged 🙂 The planning will come eventually…
Post # 11
we booked most of our big vendors (venue, photographer, officiant, band) a year out. you have plenty of time!!
Post # 12
You have plenty of time! I think the reason you see other ladies booking so far in advance is if they have a venue or vendor that they know is hugely popular and want to make sure they get it/them for their date. I planned my wedding from start to finish in 6 months, so the timelines that the wedding sites give you aren’t hard fast rules by any means! 🙂
Post # 13
I know most brides will say that you have plenty of time, which you do, but when we first got engaged (June 2010) we started looking at venues right away for our Fall 2011 wedding. A lot of dates were already booked for the venues we were interested in. If you’re getting married during a popular wedding month, which you are, I kind of think the sooner the better. Some venues won’t take bookings anymore than a year ahead of time but most will. We booked our venue right around the 15 month mark and we only had our choice of 3-4 dates for Fall 2011. I would call around and see how far in advance you can book some of the venues you are considering and then you can better access your timeline.