Post # 1
Hello everyone! I’m currently in college, engaged, and just set a wedding date for 2 1/2 years from now (right after we both graduate from school). We were highschool sweethearts, engaged our senior year, and now waiting for after college to finally get married. Our budget is going to be slightly tight, about $3000, preferably a lot under that though so we can start paying of school loans. Most of the money will be from me and him as our families don’t have too much to contribute financially. My question is, is it too early to start planning and if not, then what should I start with first? Do you all know of any wedding planning timelines for long engagements? I’ve found a few for 12 month engagements but thats it. I’m such an organizer and I love having everything set and planned out neatly.
Also, for those of you who had DIY weddings, how did you do food? Did you cater or make it yourself. I was thinking about just having a desert bar instead of a full meal just to save money. Whats the best time of the day to have a reception with only a dessert bar? Ahhh so much planning and it seems like so little time! I’m so excited!
Post # 3
Basically, there’s no real need to plan any of the big stuff earlier than 12 months (which is why the timelines are for that time period). I’ve been engaged since March 2011, so I know how you feel – you want to jump right in! And you should. Learn as much as you can about the wedding industry and what’s available in the area you plan to get married. Go to wedding shows, read websites and use websites like Pinterest to create inspiration boards as you feel out what you want.
Since you want to keep to a low budget, you can get started collecting items right now so when the time comes you won’t be scrambling. I remember reading about one bee who used mason jars and she just started collecting them from the beginning, and spread the word to family/friends to save them for her.
If you find a place you want for ceremony/reception and know it books fast, you may want to book earlier than 12 months in advance.
Congrats and happy planning!
Post # 4
I agree that you should wait until you are closer. There are so many things that might change in 2 and a half years and you don’t want to put money out on something that might change later and waste the money on your small budget.
We had a long engagement too and I waited until close to the wedding to plan most of it.
Post # 5
I Love that you asked this! as I need to know two and think our date will be around the beginning of may 🙂
Post # 6
@lvanvalk: With my daughter’s wedding, I started by looking for the type of venue she wanted and a potential guest list. I got an idea of what she wanted, then started collecting things and paying for them over time-I looked for good prices on things, and I also started to deduct what I spent from what I thought my budget might be. You may find it helpful to make an inspiration board for yourself, and see what you absolutely “must have”, and then look for that.
Post # 7
I kind of think that with a tight budget it wont hurt to start looking around now at vendors and suppliers. That way you can make sure you’re getting the best value for money when it comes to booking things. I booked venue, photographer and videographer 18 months early which was helpful to the budget as they all put prices up yearly so I got the cheaper price for all.
Post # 8
@bali_y: I completely agree. Especially on a tight budget I think you need more time to be creative, maybe wait for seasonal/holiday sales to snag certain items, and do a lot more pricing.