(Closed) How soon is TOO soon?!

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
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  • Post # 3
    1046 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Call the places venues/vendors you want and ask how far out you need to book/sign contracts.

    Post # 4
    3254 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    633 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    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
    7300 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Depends on where you live. There are venues here booked already for 2013.

    Post # 7
    1679 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
    2947 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @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
    3364 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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 # 11
    2550 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    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

    Good Luck!!!!

    Post # 12
    610 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    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
    566 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    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
    23597 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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!

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