Post # 1
I just got engaged a week ago and I kicked the planing into high gear with the hopes of getting married in a year. But after speaking to my fiance over the weekend, we’ve both come to realize that we won’t be able to get married until 2 years from now (lame, I know. But it’s for the best).
Anyhoo, since the wedding will be in 2 years is it too soon to plan the wedding? Example: contacting vendors, caterers, photographers, trying on dresses, etc.
We currently live in S. Cal but I planning to get married in N. Cal (where I grew up) I’ve already contacted a venue before I knew the date and I don’t want to waste their time. However we’re going to N. Cal for thankgiving and I was thinking of making an appointment during that weekend so I can view the venue and get more information since driving to N. Cal takes a lot of time and money so I want to be efficient.
Thanks everyone, any tips will help!
Post # 2
My wedding isnt until summer 2016 and every vendor I have contacted doesn’t take me seriously when they find out the date. I have been ignored, promised follow-up emails were never sent and it has been utterly frustrating. I’ve been waiting for a catering proposal for almost two months; mind you I just wanted to get a GUESTIMATE on the catering pricing(exclusive caterer) so we could figure out whether the venue was affordable or not. Honestly wait until March when all the Christmas proposal brides start planning.
Post # 3
I’m in the same boat as you! I’d say probably it’s too early for some things, but not all. Venues, photographers, and caterers can be booked up quickly if they’re very in-demand, so it’s good to get a headstart. However, I’ve read many things saying that it’s not good to start actively looking for a dress so far in advance, because chances are you’ll find THE ONE and then have two years to question your decision and see other dresses that you think might be more beautiful.
Plus, you might as well start getting information from vendors now so you can plan your wedding at a slower pace and not be (as) stressed about it!
Post # 4
Congratulations! I think you can still start planning especially when venues get booked up quite quickly. You could start having a look at places and get some prices. The thing is if you book this year, you get things at this year’s prices before they increase in 2015. I would probably hold off buying a dress so soon as you could change your mind with so much time ahead of your wedding. I have booked the majority of the wedding within 4-5 months after getting engaged and have just over 7 months to sort out the details. If you’re like me you’ll have nothing to do for a year so I would spread things out! Good luck and enjoy the wedding planning 🙂 x
Post # 5
I think it’s fine if you want to start looking at venues, photography, and invitation designs. But before doing any research, I would make sure you have the date, budget, and and guest list (or estimated head count) squared away (if you haven’t already done so).
And you can probably start looking at dresses when you’re 10 – 12 months out. If you’re indecisive, then maybe add an additional month or two to that estimate. I personally found my dress within a few appointments.
However, if you decide to start planning 12 months before the wedding, then that would be fine too.
Post # 6
Jenny905: Thanks Jenny905! That’s what I was afraid of. I’m in the same boat as you! There is a venue that I really want and a bit more then what I was expecting to pay so I also want to get quotes from caterers to see if it all fits within the budget.
Post # 7
it’s never too early! researching is just as much planning as booking, in my opinion.
Post # 8
I would say it’s okay to start some of the planning. Do you have a date? Guest list? Budget? I would start with getting an idea about those. Look around at vendors to help with budget. But I think you’re probably a bit ffar out to actually start booking any thing. And definitely too far out to start looking at dresses. But it’s definitely okay to start talking to your fiance about what you both want from a wedding!
Post # 9
KatFishWedding: this was exactly my thinking! I have a venue I love and I’m hanging on to the idea of it but unfortunately the catering company is dropping the ball. I’m getting really fed up and that company is my only choice for this venue. Anyways honestly it’s such a better idea to just go Pinterest crazy and wait. I think I’m going to get more serious about stuff in February.
Post # 10
I’m getting married Labor Day 2016 and already booked my venue. It’s a really popular place and it’s been my dream to get married there since I was 12 so I didn’t want to leave anything to chance. They also said that they were already booking holiday weekends for 2016.
Post # 11
- Wedding: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
KatFishWedding: My fiancé and I are also having a 2 year engagremen. I called some hotels just to see if they gave a discount for renting out most of their rooms. Once I told them the date (because they insisted) they were like “oh okay, we’ll email you.” That was last February and I still had not gotten the email. I was just trying to get a quote so that I can see the average prices. Since then I stopped calling venues and places to find out prices because they always insist in me telling them the date and that is when there is problems. I’m going to hold off on the venues until approximately 14 months before the wedding because it’s pretty embarrassing when people don’t take you seriously.
Post # 12
I’m in the same boat. Two year engagement. I wish it could be shorter, but it’s what makes sense for myself and my Fi.
We’ve talked about what kind of wedding we want, and come up with a guest list and a budget. Some venues I’ve talked to are already booking Summer 2016/Fall 2016- so I guess it all depends.
We’ll probably set a date before Christmas if we find a venue we like 🙂