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!