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

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 16
1011 posts
Bumble bee

If I were to do it again I’d plan the honeymoon if you plan on taking it right after the wedding.  At this moment, I’m kind of looking forward to my honey moon more than the wedding cause I’ll get to relax!

Post # 17
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

A year out I would prioritize chilling out and trying to save/stash as much ££ as possible… It will make things a lot less stressful when like me you’re 4 months out and counting down the pay days until all the balances are due 0.o

Post # 18
1480 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

bellsprout :  Yes I agree with this! I’m at a bit of a stand-still as far as actual planning goes, but I’m actively trying to save up money, and putting as much as I can into my wedding savings account every month.

Post # 19
3879 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

You’re way ahead! I mean some people don’t even have a year-long engagement. At a year out all we had done was book the venue. There is definitely a quiet period after the big things are booked but before the little things need to be done. 

Post # 20
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Hi!! Here are some practical things that you can do now.  

Buy forever stamps.  You will need SO MANY STAMPS between Save-The-Date Cards, invites, RSVP cards, thank you notes, if you want to help cover costs by giving your girls stamps for bachelorette/shower invites, etc.  I was stunned when I realized that stamps were an actual significant expense.

Buy basic things that will feel costly a few months from now that you’ll need, but won’t be a big deal financially now.  Things like sparklers, a cake topper, easles, etc.  We didn’t put these little touches into our budget and it was a real bummer realizing how much they were!

If you already know who your bridesmaids will be (mine are my 3 best friends of 17 years and our sisters.  There was zero chance of anything changing) you can go ahead and spend time selecting gifts for all of them.  I know that’s not a good idea for everyone though depending on the situation.

Pre-marital counseling!!! I know not everyone does this, but we did and we loved it.  We did the SYMBIS online course with our pastor and it was so much fun.  I know not everyone would like that but for us it was great, and it’s something you can do now.

You can go ahead and go to alcohol tastings/etc and decide which alcohol you want at the wedding.

You can start picking out your songs.  There are SOOOO many songs you need for your wedding! First dance, parent dances, precessional, recessional, bridal entrance, grand entrance… the list just keeps going.  You can even just make a list of “must play” “don’t play” etc. songs to give your DJ.  This takes a lot of time and music will change in a year, so it’s a great opportunity to be paying attention all year and now for music!

WEDDING BANDS.  It has been a huuuuuuuge huge huge HUGE pain for us to get our wedding bands.  Taking WAY longer than expected.  We still don’t have his with no ETA and our wedding is coming up.  Getting nervous.  The earlier you can get those the better.

Those are just a few things you can do now! 🙂 I   l o v e   to plan things and I struggled a year out too! I felt like it was too early, but there are things you can do now 🙂 good luck bee and happy planning!!! 

Post # 21
3 posts
  • Wedding: August 2018

hydrangea87 :  Mines is next august, so in the meantime i have been slowly making purchases. for example my welcome bags and all personalized items are slowly being ordered. each time i get one item i order the next, going by the time it takes them to be made and shipped

Post # 22
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018 - Inn On Broadway

Our wedding is 18 months away and we’ve booked the church, venue, florist and DJ. I also bought my dress. Even though people may say it’s way too early, it depends on where you are the venues you choose. If we didn’t book our venue our October 2018 would’ve been taken. So in my opinion you can always start planning anytime 🙂

Post # 23
1350 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

hydrangea87 :  I had a longer engament at about 18 months. What I took the everything is booked quiet time was to start figuring out the details so I wasnr’t stressed later on ex:guestbook, shoes, bag, where I’m getting ready, favors etc. 


Post # 24
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

hydrangea87 :  I’m exactly the same about the dress, even when I loved one, I just felt I had to confirm it by trying on more. I’ll probably organise that in the next few weeks.

I’m also about a year out and have venue (includes catering, linens, centre pieces etc) and photographer booked, and rings bought (we both found bands we loved a while back).  Trying to meet with celebrants now but finding that a few are already booked for our date! 

Next things will probably be cake, hair and makeup, bridal party attire, save the dates, honey moon plans, and probably flowers.

Great thread idea, it’s great to see where others are at and to get some ideas of what I might have overlooked.


ETA – during the quiet period I’ll probably start lists of the smaller detail planning as I think of them to make sure it doesn’t get too overwhelming at crunch time. Stuff like decorations you might need, songs to be played, invitation wording ideas..

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