(Closed) Is it too soon to start planing

posted 5 years ago in DIY
  • poll: Is it too soon?
  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    Soontobeasisco:  Honestly, yes. I think so. I have had a fairly long engagement (it’ll be just shy of 20 months when we get married in 2 weeks) and what I thought I liked and wanted has changed SO much in the past 18+ months. Actually, I’ve made the best and most decisive decisions in the past week..the pressure is good for me. That said, I didn’t DIY much (I’m doing my programs and a few other things, but that’s it) – so you do need more time if you’re planning on doing everything yourself. I’d say that until you have a venue, date and specific “feel” for your wedding, hold off. I wasted a bunch of money buying stupid little things at the beginning that now don’t fit with our wedding at all.

    But definitely look into venues and the “big” stuff now, if you can. We booked our venue almost 16 months out and they only had 2 Saturdays left in the summer of 2015. Our band only had a select few dates left, too. So definitely don’t wait on your big vendors!

    Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Yes and no. I think if you have a clear vision of what you want then thats great! You are giving yourself enough time to start collecting the various items you need and you have time on your side to nab them when they are on sale or when you have an awesome coupon (Hello 50% one item at Micheals…I totally would go there every other week buying one item to get it half off).

    If you aren’t totally commited to a vision and keep on changing your ideas, then yes, it will be too early. You will change your mind and then not be happy with what you have already started to make which will cause stress.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    If you have a pretty clear idea of what you like and what you want out of the wedding, I don’t think it’s too soon to start planning some things. It can’t hurt to start researching venues and getting first pick. I know with our venue, we started a little early and they didn’t book any further than 18 months in advance, but they did allow us to hold the date and have first option on the venue once the 18 month mark rolled around. Start researching your options, and start on the DIY projects that won’t be affected too much by the venue

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    You should research and start planning on booking a venue at about 18 months out? Go on from there… 

    Post # 6
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I agree with what most of the girls are saying. 

    I think Yes and No. For me, I started booking the big things like reception venue, ceremony venue, dj, and photographer early. These things tend to get booked really quickly. As for DIYs.. hmm that’s really iffy. Unless you have a definite clear vision of what you want, I would hold off for about a year before the wedding or even later. 

    For example for me, I started pinning things on Pinterest the moment I got engaged and my wedding board has changed drastically!! I’m glad I didn’t really start DIY’ing until about 6 months before the wedding. I went from rustic chic, to whimsical garden party theme. And I have LOTS to DIY.

    Post # 7
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    Newbee

    I don’t think it’s too early. I’m two years out, and we just put the deposit down on our venue. It’s a good thing we did, because it’s already booked through February 2017. The only things in my wedding that won’t DIY will be the cake and the caterring. Fiance and I are completely committed to our theme (actually he picked the theme way before we actually got engaged).

    I should also mention that I plan corporate events, so my schedule is pretty crazy during my busy season. If I don’t start doing little things now, it probably won’t get done lol. I’m waiting til 12 month before to look at dresses, catering, ect.

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Maybe for picking specific themes/colors. My wedding is in 33 days and we will have had a 20 month engagement. I, too, had a drastic change in what I liked. I went from wanting matching, long dresses, to mismatched short. That being said, it was no big deal to change my colors, and other preferences, as I didn’t commit to any purchases, so as long as you dont buy a bunch of things too early, you’ll be fine.  As far as big things, like the venue and the date,booking now can save you $$. I see nothing wrong with starting to do research on stuff. I was early on vendors, picking songs, etc but it sure is nice now because I am not scrambling to get things together now that we are moving to a new state/new jobs, etc. 

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I think it also depends where you are getting married. I’m getting married in my hometown church, which barely ever has weddings. Some things will vary by where you are an how in-demand wedding vendors are there, but it’s definitely worth looking into because I’d rather ask about it early than attempt to book it too late.

    Good advice someone gave me was to start boards on Pinterest for each part of the wedding (centerpieces, dresses, favors, colours, flowerd, etc), and unpin stuff once you don’t want it anymore. It’s easy to go crazy pinning everything you see when you get engaged, and your mind changes so much. Start by getting inspiration, and narrowing down your ideas. But I would say it’s a bit too early if you plan to DIY hundreds of favors or centerpieces, because you might change your mind over the next year or so and waste time and money. 

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I think yes too. My wedding is in July 16 and I am trying to find things to do and when i suggest them to Fiance hes like we have already sorted this and that etc and im like oh yeah haha. I havent got much else to do as most is to just finalise the little things closer to the time.

    I feel like im getting a bit bored of not having anything else to do. Im also dIYing most things. 

    Post # 11
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    While I think it’s never too early to start planning and getting ideas, I think it’s too early to book stuff. I can promise your tasts will change SO MUCH in that time frame because you’ll be constantly looking at wedding stuff – and the trends are always changing. Outside of venues, which usually will book at any time, most vendors won’t book more than 18 months out. I know as a wedding photographer I won’t book anything more than 18 months, so you might find it hard to do any actual planning. That being said, you can certainly email and check out vendors you like, get pricing, etc. That way you can start having a plan in action for who/what you want.

    Post # 12
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    Yes, but you could begin researching venues and collect ideas. I’m getting married in November 2016, and I have changed my mind about everthing that I thought I liked in just a couple of months and I still have over a year to plan. 

    We have selected our venue, since my fiancé is bring deployed and will be gone fir the majority of our engagement. Other than that I’m taking my time and researching but noy making many solid decisions ay this point. 

    Additionally, if you attempt to plan too early you may run into road blocks with certain vendors. We had this happen with a baker because we wanted to decide on a cake flavor together and she preferred not to set dates more than a year out. That wasn’t the only time this has happened so that’s just something to be aware of. 

     

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