(Closed) How long did you take to plan your wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Married Life
  • poll: How early is TOO early to begin reserving venues, determining color scheme & style, etc?
    less than 6 months : (26 votes)
    20 %
    6-9 months : (31 votes)
    24 %
    a whole year : (29 votes)
    22 %
    more than a year : (44 votes)
    34 %
  • Post # 32
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    166 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Congrats! My wedding is a week prior to yours (Sept 22, 2012) and I’m feeling the same way. We’ve been engaged since April 21, 2011 and I started coming up with ideas around that time, but hadn’t acted on most of the bigger stuff. However, September was the first start to officially booking anything (venue). I picked over a year because we will have been engaged for 17 months almost to the day when we get married. I just purchased my dress yesterday (YAY). In the few months before September, I worked on easing the stress behind the big stuff so I researched places, came up with our colors, selected our wedding party, etc. I’ll leave the next 10-11 months to actually booking and purchasing. Its ok to be excited. I know I have the same fear of changing my mind on the dress, colors, etc. I know that for sure my main color is deep red (my fave color) and this dress I just picked, I’ve been eyeing for months and scared to try it on for fear I would love it and buy a dress at month 11, but I can’t picture myself in anything BUT this dress. Things you second guess, give it time. You’ll know whats right when it feels right. Trust your gut. Good luck!

    Post # 33
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    7310 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    If you want popular or well known vendors and are planning during a peak time (e.g. Saturdays, late spring and early-to-mid- fall), planning as far in advance as possible is a good idea. One, you can lock in their rates for this year, before they go up for 2012. Two, you have more vendor options to choose from, so you are more likely to get one of your top choices. And three, crossing stuff off of the “to-do” list feels good! But for a lot of the other stuff, 6-9 months is plenty of time.

    Post # 34
    Member
    1088 posts
    Bumble bee

    6 months!

    Post # 35
    Member
    775 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I started planning my wedding over a year and a half in advance (I know, I’m crazy!). I’m thankful I did though because I had issues with the venue that I FIRST chose and they waited 6 months to tell me and I ended up having to leave that venue and find a new one because everything we agreed to they could no longer do. Had I been planning my wedding a year in advance…I would only have 6 months left and there would be have been no wedding. My wedding is also in a very big destination wedding area, so venues fill up VERY quickly. I sent my save the dates 14 months in advance. Typically I would not have done save the dates, but since it was far away for guests (over 800 miles for some) I had no other choice. I had my wedding colors picked out prior to the engagement. I don’t think everything is too far away for you to decide. I book vendors and venues ASAP because those fill up. you can ALWAYS order a dress, but you can’t get your favorite DJ or Photographer if he has it already booked. 

    Post # 36
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    91 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    7 months.

    Post # 37
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    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    It is NEVER too early to plan.  I planned over the course of a year, but I’d say I really got down to business at about the 13 month mark. 

    My friend had a long engagement due to different reasons, and one year before her wedding she had almost every single detail ordered/done/finalized.  She is so happy and is enjoying this last year of getting ready for the wedding. 

    It’s never too early, but it’s easy for things to be already booked if you wait too long.

    Post # 38
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    3525 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Our engagement was 18 months because we wanted a summer wedding. Could it have been planned in less? No, because we weren’t living locally so it took us almost 9 months to find the perfect venue since it had to revolve around visits home.

    If you’re in a big city I would honestly try to have your venue booked by one year out. The best ones fill up really fast.

    Post # 41
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    7683 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Okay, I don’t think I really answered the poll correctly.  We planned ours in 4 months.  But with that said-a minimum of a year is much better.  It did work out fine for us-except one of our parents didn’t end up making it. 🙁

    Post # 42
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    2194 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We got engaged in March and we’re getting married next week, almost exactly 8 months apart. We started planning right away and are pretty much done other than a few last minutes.

    Post # 43
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    579 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We were engaged in April and married at the end of september. We choose a Friday so we didn’t have problems booking our vendors. If your are doing a Saturday wedding suggest start researching and booking your vendors so you get your first pick! The first thing you should book is your venue and officiant. Also keep in mind that dresses can take 4 – 6 months to be ordered in! So don’t leave it too long!

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