My wedding is a year away – what should I be doing now?!

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’m kind of wondering the same thing. I have venue, church, photographer, caterer, bakery, florist and DJ booked. Bought my dress and have plenty of pinterest boards outlining the details. I feel like its too early to start some of the things.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

My wedding is also a year away. It has been quiet for us as well so we have been focusing on a budget remodel to our townhouse in the meantime. We have our engagement photos next month so I can finding our wedding website and save the dates soon. We are also making a flower wall so we will start that soon. Besides that we are saving up money and going to enjoy the spring and summer. I would say you can focus on other things in your life right now and then regroup as far as wedding stuff in a few months. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

You’re way ahead of the game! We booked our venue for a date that was 9 months away, and now we’re almost 4 months out and I still don’t have a florist lol. I think you can relax for a bit, unless you haven’t started looking for your dress yet. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

So I was initially ahead of the game when planning, booking our venue and photographer, asking my wedding party, but then got discouraged when I started tackling caterers ($$$$$) and had other stressors going on. Something I’d wish I had done was focus more on the details because now that I’m there, I wish I had more time to DIY things. I’m still going to do what I want but could have saved more money. I’m almost to the finished stages of our invitations (they’re getting printed today, and I just have to foil them which is easy but not necessarily quick). And my next step is to continue learning calligraphy. So. That’s what I’d recommend. Figure out details, things you can / want to DIY, and pursue those!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Oh! And you’ve said you’ve got most of the big vendors booked. Curious what that includes?

 

if you haven’t already, you should definitely book your DOC – he/she will give you plenty of logistical things to tackle lol. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i had a 7 month engagement and booked everything in the first 2 months, not much in the middle, then worked on all the final details the last 2 months.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Beach

My engagement was 18 months. I had all the important things booked about a year out. I didn’t really start to worry about the finer details until about 2 1/2 months before the wedding. The last few weeks were pretty hectic.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

bubblescomere :  Our engagement was 24 months. We booked the venue over a year ago along with all the other vendors. I bought my dress in October. For a while there wasn’t much to do but now we are about 2 months out and taking care of more last minute details like seating chart as the RSVP’s roll in, marriage license, etc. 

I would recommend thinking of everything you will need to do and getting a planner and writing down when you want to have things done by. That really helped me break up the planning to keep from getting overwhelmed. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Are you DIY’ing anything? I would start any big projects now so you can work on them slowly over the next year. Also, if you don’t have your dress I’d probably look now. Do you have your officient booked (if needed?) Start looking @ bridesmaid dresses and outfits for the groomsmen? Catering, florist, cake baker are all things you could start looking into…DJ if you haven’t booked already. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Same here. Wedding is April 2018. We have booked:

– venue (comes with all tables/chairs/china/flatware/crystal/linens)

– officiant

– catering/cake

– flowers

– photographer

– wedding party & color scheme picked

………??? There isn’t much else for me to do right now. I’ll be going dress shopping and sending save the dates in late summer, but other than that we’re not busy planning at all!

Post # 12
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Busy bee

hydrangea87 :  We had a 22 month engagement, and there are a few things I wish I would have started sooner!

First off, book ALL the vendors you can now! By the time a year rolled around, I couldnt have my first choice MUA or photobooth! Crazy right?!? I would get the venue, band/dj, caterer, DOC, hair/MUA, photobooth, cake, florist, officiant, and get your dress ordered. I would also get the honeymoon planned. 

Things I waited until 4-5 months out and regret: linens, chair covers, flower girl/ring bearer items, cake stands, room blocks, transportation, candles… we bought soooo many candles and I waited too last minute to shop around. Now I still havent nailed down the final ceremony wording, seating charts, escort cards, gifts and its overwhelming. 

There are so many details, I thought it would be easy to get them all done in 2 months and have plenty of time, but I didnt!!! Plus, you have honeymoon planning, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, alterations appointments and other people’s weddings during the crunch time of your own stuff, all while trying to diet and exercise everyday! 

Long story short: There is nothing you NEED to be doing now, but anything you can do in advance, you will thank yourself later! 

Post # 14
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Busy bee

hydrangea87 :  If you’re planning on DIY-ing anything, do it in advance because it always takes longer than you intend it to. Here’s a list of some things that I did in advance that could be forgotten or overlooked. 

– Book as many vendors as possible.

– Painted Signage (bride and groom, welcome to the wedding, etc.)

– Bought small jarred candles from the dollar store & spray painted them all gold

– Bought cocktail napkins that have our name and whatnot printed on it

– Bought wedding bands (ours took almost 3 months to be made, so I’m glad we did it early on)

– Make that budget plan and save, save, save money. 

– Made & gave bridesmaid boxes and decided upon the gifts I would buy them for the wedding (jewelry–so it’s not perishable, haha). Bought the gifts.

– Went to thrift stores to buy vases for centerpieces (I’m a Costco Flower bride, haha).

– Bought fabric napkins (cheaper to buy than rent in my area)

– Planned activities for honeymoon and priced everything. Read travel books and blogs on the destination that you’re going to. 

– Honeymoon clothes shopping 🙂

– I’d say go dress shopping 7-9 months out. I waited until too late (apparently–I was still shopping 5 months in advance) and got some sideeye from sales associates. If you shop too early, you may change your mind by the time the wedding comes though. 

 

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