(Closed) How soon is too soon to start hiring vendors and planning?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: When did you start hiring vendors after getting engaged?
    Started looking RIGHT AWAY : (14 votes)
    61 %
    Waited a month or so : (3 votes)
    13 %
    Waited a few months : (2 votes)
    9 %
    I waited a while.... : (2 votes)
    9 %
    I REALLY waited a while because we decided on a 2+ year engagement time : (2 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think you’re doing great! 1 year of planning isn’t too much at all, and the more you can do now, the less to do later. The only risk is seeing something else and changing your  mind, but some people just aren’t wired that way.

    We got engaged in late July and started debating dates and looking at venues within 2 weeks. Mid-August, we locked down the April date and venue. By the end of August, we also locked down all key vendors – DJ/lighting/decor/photobooth, photorapher, videographer, officiant (a friend actually), cake, hotel blocks, rehearsal dinner location, not sure if I’m missing any here. Got the Save the Dates out mid-September. Website was up early September and registries were done.

    Bought my dress in late August, about a month after getting enaged. Decided on what my DIY projects were (invitations, silk flowers, centerpieces, card box, aisle runner, etc) and started ordering materials. I think I pretty much have all my materials ordered and on-hand now, just need to put them together. Have all my jewelry. Hair stylist/make up is booked. Bridesmaid gifts are purchased

    Got a seamstress for bridesmaids dresses and my alterations mid-September. Been working on specific music, ceremony timeline, etc.

    There are a million little details to still be done, but the only major things left still to do for the April wedding are:

    – Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses being made (this is being done by a seamstress closer to the wedding because 2 of the 3 are pregnant)

    – Design our monogram and paint it onto the aisle runner/send to the lighting guy

    – Finalize the ceremony & music

    – Book the caterer for the rehearsal dinner (Mexican restaurant so not booking until closer to the date)

    – Pick our menu (can’t do until after the holidays)

    There is obviously stuff to do like seating charts, programs, bar menus, shuttle arrangements (secured, just have to pick specific times with the hotels when it gets closer), re-packing everything so it is easy to unpack to decorate, etc. But we’re pretty good.

    I didn’t want to leave a lot to do over the winter because I’m moving, the holidays, and our wedding is 2 hours away so I don’t want to drive a lot in the winter. Then February will probably be shower/parties, and March will be all that last minute stuff you can’t do in advance.

    The sooner the better to me!

    Post # 4
    4439 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    I think you’re doing GREAT!  But I’m an early planner too!  The only harm is that your plans/ideas might change, but you seem focused and good to go!  Planning really depends on your area and when (like if it’s a holiday weekend or destination wedding) it might take more planning.

    If 3 photogs were already booked I’d take that as a sign and start looking for other vendors.

    Post # 5
    1598 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I am one of those people who plans EVERYTHING early!! 

    Our wedding was over a year away and we already had the reception venue, ceremony venue, DJ, caterer, my dress, and a photographer.

    Now that we are 11 months away, I am already looking for an offiant, decor, and stuff like jewelry,  cake toppers, etc.

    I don’t want to leave ANYTHING last minute. And in my mind, last minute is, like, 3 months before the wedding. lol. 

    Some people might try saying you’re planning too early, but if you feel better doing things this way, that’s all that matters.

    And I’m right there with ya! 

    Post # 6
    3769 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    It all depends on your style and if you prefer being prepared/planning early or if you just want to go with the flow… but I started planning and booking right at the beginning of our engagement, which was 1.5 years away from our actual date.  I had venue (including caterer and cake), dj, photographer, videographer and photobooth booked pretty much within 2 months of engagement.  We’re now at the 10 month mark, and we have diy florals, centerpieces, save the dates, and invitations figured out if not started or completed, and I have my dress and accessories as well.

    Post # 7
    191 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    We got engaged in June. The date was set 2 weeks later. Our venue was booked 2 weeks after that.The DJ,and Flowers are all done I’m just working on the centre pieces and the invites at the moment.  My girls and I have had our dresses since mid July…I love early planning. It really feels like it’s finally coming together  (I hope)   I think whatever you can do and be truly happy with as early as you can..Good for You!!

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