(Closed) Any early planners out there?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Welcome to Weddingbee! You picked a great night to join!

I started planning two years before my wedding, and I loved it! I booked my reception hall and got 2009 prices for my 2011 wedding, which saved me, literally, $2600 on my reception alone. I also started looking at photographers and videographers, and I started dress shopping about 18 months out.

If you can, try to figure out your date and venues as soon as you can. This far in advance, you can choose your date instead of being limited by what’s available. And obviously, in order to choose a venue, you’ll need an approximate guest list.

Post # 4
1975 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

welcome!! and congrats! i got engaged Jan 1st 2012 and wedding is November 9 2013 so almost 2 years πŸ™ Im super organised though

Post # 5
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Also, anything you can do ahead of time will help lessen your stress later on!

Post # 6
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

FH & I will have been engaged for 4 years by the time we tie the knot. We’ve been planning for most of that time in some form or another, but have been for the most part taking our time with it. (We also did a 180 on our wedding vision about halfway through, so really we’ve planned 1.5 weddings, LOL.)

For the first bit, we just took our time picking vendors and really deciding what we wanted. I’ve used the time to do a lot of DIY. We started booking people about a year out.

Post # 7
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Me! I had our venue, limos, photographer and photo booth booked 22 months out. I also had colors picked, a pretty good draft guest list, and a boatload of DIY stuff around the same time. For the last few months my focus has been dress shopping. I don’t know what I’ll do with myself  once I get that done!

Post # 8
5371 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada β™₯ EDD- April 2016

Me (: My Fiance proposed in January and we aren’t getting married until June 2014. We booked our photographer a couple weeks ago and that’s the first thing we booked (so that we could secure a date). But we’ve already planned out most of the other stuff, written the ceremony, and done lots of DIY projects (: I wanted a long engagement so that we could spread everything out nicely haha

Post # 9
182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Welcome to the hive! I started planning my wedding about a year and half out. I got engaged in October of last year and almost immediately starting planning! I wanted to have our wedding this year, but we decided for a 2013 wedding to give us enough time to save more. We booked the wedding venue in June, along with the DJ. I am hoping to put a deposit down on my dress by the end of this month.

The sooner you book the better! As PP mentioned, you have the oppurtunity to lock in some rates, and I think your wedding planning will be less stressful since you have more time. Good luck and happy planning!

Post # 10
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve still got two months until my “12 month mark” and I’ve already bought a dress, put a deposit on a venue/caterer, lined up family/friends to do music, hair/makeup, the cake, and possibly the florals and officiant. I’ve been shopping for hotel deals and may have already found a place for my girls and myself to stay before the wedding. I’ve been super organized and already drafted a bunch of stuff like possible menus and schedule of events. I’m going to start trying to design my Save-The-Date Cards and invites and then being to pull together the details. I want to get as much as possible done so that I can just kick back and relax the 6 months before the wedding and only worry about minor details. There is nothing wrong with getting a head start! πŸ™‚

Post # 12
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have a 2 year 3 month engagement. We took 3-4 months to figure out the guest list. Then we looked at venues for a couple months. That prompted us to figure out the budget (and my parents to decide on a solid number for what they would be contributing). Then we booked the venue 1.5 years out. We got to completely pick our day which was awesome. I started dress browsing at the beginning of our engagement. I went shopping at 21 months. I bought my dress at 20 months because the perfect used listing came up. Otherwise I would have waited until the 1 year mark. We’ve spent the last couple months designing save the dates.

Post # 13
40 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

 Yep πŸ™‚  We got engaged in March 2012, and aren’t tying the knot until April 2014, on our 5-year anniversary.  I’ve started planning some–decided on colors and flowers.  I also know who my photographer will be, but I haven’t decided on a package yet.  We also know who we want to officiate and where, but haven’t made that official yet.


EDIT:  We also have a running guest list and we’ve been playing around with save the date mock-ups.  And my sister did an early engagement photo shoot for us.  πŸ™‚

Post # 14
9631 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

Me! I got engaged in mid January 2012 and we aren’t getting married until July 2015! We haven’t booked or bought anything yet, but know where we want to get married, where we want to have our reception, who we want as our photographer, our colour scheme and our general theme πŸ™‚ oh and our guest list and our bridal party!

Post # 15
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Beth11222008:  Congratulations!! We’re getting married in May 2014, so we have almost 2 whole years, as well. While we haven’t booked anything yet, we’ve picked our venue, photographer, color scheme, bridal party, and honeymoon. I’ve already bought our cake topper (it was selling out, and I absolutely loved it)!! Our wedding will be around the time I finish grad school; planning this early means I won’t have to stress about it later. πŸ˜‰

@Pinkmoon:  Wow!! Did booking your venue and photographer that early cause any problems later on, if things had to change for some reason? I would love to start booking, but am worried it might backfire, due to unforeseen complications. πŸ˜›

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