Post # 1
Were about a year and 3 months from our Wedding day.
I feel a little anxious that we have not really done anything. Better yet, not PURCHASED anything. We know ALOT of what we want (favors, flowers, attire, etc.) But I have this feeling that were behind because we have not signed contracts, booked, or put deposits down on the BIG things (church, hall, DJ, photographer).
Some family members have said I’m doing too much too soon, That I have a long time to plan, BUT, I know its going to come fast & I think thats whats making me worried.
Should I feel this anxious so soon? Or am I on the right track by just having ideas of what we want?
Post # 3
Call the places venues/vendors you want and ask how far out you need to book/sign contracts.
Post # 4
I don’t think you’re behind, but it wouldn’t hurt to start looking into signing contracts for the BIG stuff like the venue and photographer. Speaking from experience, look around at favors, Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, etc., but don’t make any purchases until a little closer to your wedding. We went through so many ideas and ended up having to resell decorations, favors, etc. because we jumped in too fast and then changed our minds.
Don’t panic; take your time and have FUN!
Post # 5
I definitely don’t think you need to feel nervous or anxious yet. You can start planning now, but realistically the most important things should start to be looked at 6-9 months in advance. It’s smart to book venues early depending on where you live, but everything else can be done within a 4-6 month time frame. I found that it was that way for myself at least.
The only things you should worry about now are your venue, anything you want done custom, and projects that you want to make yourself. Also pay attention to vendors who are famous for booking in advance. You have a lot of time for everything else. I bought my wedding dress 1 year in advance because I wanted to be organized, but part of me regretted that because I didn’t wait to see the newer fashions that were coming out. If I had waited I probably would have been in a different, newer dress on my wedding day.
Don’t stress now girl because trust me there will be plenty to be anxious over leading up to the big day. My best advice would be to take things nice and slow and to enjoy every minute of it 🙂
Post # 6
Depends on where you live. There are venues here booked already for 2013.
Post # 7
I think it really depends on where you live, how much free time you have, the location that interests you, and how elaborate your wedding will be.
Post # 8
@Hollymarieee: Depending on where you live, it might not be too early. I started planning 1 year and 4 months early and I had to compete with another couple for our venue on the same day!!!
Post # 9
Depends on your location and how popular the venue location is.
Its never too early to look for what you want!
For example I booked our photographer and Venue in 2010, and got the rates before they changed for 2011, that might help you too! =)
Post # 10
I live in southern California and I do have 2 different venues in mind for my reception. I’m going to call and see if they are booked for my day, or how far out they are booking right now.
Thank everyone 🙂
Post # 11
I planned our July intimate wedding in March. Now I am using a local park(Dana Point) for the ceremony and I’m having a wedding dinner(Dana Point Restaurant) so it was easy. My gf bro and wife planned a wedding in 2 months.(Temecula golf course) Another friend and his Fiance started in Feb for their Sept wedding.(Long Beach)
My gf was a wedding planner and I was a little helper in another lifetime so I suggest that start looking @ venues. If you are willing to have your wedding on a non-traditional day like a Sun or Friday, options will be abound. I would hold off on a dress unless you are 100% sure your dream dress is the dress you want.
Need any referrals, let me know.
Photographer- My photographer is great and extremely personable.
Dress-Try on dresses and then check out the pre-own sites to see if you can get a discount. Recycled bride, preownedweddingdresses.com, and oncewed.com
Post # 12
I would start getting the ball rolling. 3 months to go we were basically down to a list of 10 things left to do and they were small & last minute things.
Post # 13
I feel like you should start as early as possible with the things that can be done now so things will be less stressful closer to the wedding. But it depends on what works for you, my best friend planned her wedding in 4 months. My wedding is after yours and i booked my venue and coordinator, started my dress search, and have researched all of our other vendors.
Post # 14
If you can lock in this year’s prices for some of your vendors that’s good. You might like a photographer who ends up being super popular and then the rates are going to skyrocket
Post # 15
I would definitely make sure you start with venue and photographer first. Those are probably the most important ones! Getting your venue locked down is by far the most stressful part. Once you have that out of the way, you’ll have a little breathing room to browse photographer portfolios!