Post # 1
I just got engaged yesterday (yay!) and are planning on getting married when I am close to graduating college (he is graduating next semester). The thing is, I’m a freshman, so our engagement will be roughly 2-3 years depending on the financial situation. What do I do during all that free time?! I’m just itching to plan and try on dresses. In fact, I snuck and indulged somewhat in trying on dresses when the topic of marriage first started and found a dress that I am in love with:
So, how far out is it practical to begin making serious wedding plans, dress-buying, ect? We are planning on a very simple, small backyard ceremony (we are both too introverted to have anything fancy, LOL) with around 80-100 guests. We have been dating for 4 years before the engagement.
Post # 3
I would wait a year before you make any big purchases… Dress Regret is a huge topic here and with all the new styles coming out- I wouldnt want you to go through that. Booking a venue about 18 months out is a good start. Take this time to research & just enjoy the engagement! Congrats!
Post # 4
I hear about the dreaded “dress regret” but I am also worried about not finding another dress that I love so much and it no longer being in stock. We aren’t worried about venues and ceremony planning as much (not to say it won’t require careful planning). Like I said, it will for sure be an small, intimate backyard affair with a close family friend who is a minister marrying us.
Post # 5
@london: I would wait… but maybe research to see if they will be available for a while or not. I bought my dress over a year ago and it is still available , so you never know.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t buy a dress before you have a date. A lot can change fashion-wise in a couple of years and you might find things in newer collections you like just as much if not more. Plus, that’s part of what makes the wedding feel “real” during a long engagement.
Post # 7
@london: We got engaged Christmas 2010 and The wedding is 2012 so I did some early planning to get started so I could breathe in between and not be stressed out. Its also giving us time to save money for the wedding and for our new home. My advice would be to stay on the bee, collect ideas, start thinking about what you want and save money
Post # 8
Ours will be almost exactly two years.
Next month will be the year out mark and that is when I plan to start really “planning.” We’ll actually book the ceremony and make reservations for the reception dinner (we’re not doing a traditional reception so we might have to wait until we’re closer). Then will come Save-The-Date Cards and all of the other fun stuff.
I agree, it’s WAY too soon to buy a dress. What I decided to do was to gather inspiration, research venues, ceremony options, etc. Create a Pinterest board for your wedding so you can just grab ideas as you go (PM me your email if you need an invite).
Then I decided to work on a DIY project that I know would take up a ton of my time. Strassing my wedding shoes. You can see pictures of the progress in this thread. I also know I want a brooch bouquet, so that will probably be the next big time sucking DIY.