Post # 1
..It seems like such a long time!
With over a year to plan I’m having a hard time figuring out exactly how to go about things..
When should I send out STD’s?
Should I make a wedding website? Figure out registries?
Ive looked at a few dresses here and there, but is it to soon to pick one out and purchase?
Im not much of a planner so for the last couple months I haven’t really planned anything and my sister and a few friends keep pushing for me to do something!
Pretty much the only thing done currently is a rough draft of the invite list and FH and I picked out our wedding bands (haven’t purchased yet).
Im just confused and don’t know where to go from here…
Post # 3
I have a year a 2 months to go! I knew that I didn’t want to have to deal with picking reception and ceremony locations based on available dates, so we did that this summer (we’re going to be engaged for 23 months) and got both of those booked in July. I also fell in love with a photographer who had GREAT rates, so we booked her as well.
For right now I am just browsing lots of websites and pinterest gathering ideas. I have a lot of stuff picked out, but not purchased. I found centerpiece parts for super cheap on craigslist so I have snatched those up. I also have my bridesmaid dress colors and flowers picked out and will be booking those this summer. I plan on sending my STDs out somewhere between April and June (we’re having a friday wedding and want to give everyone lots of heads up notice). I do plan on booking a limo and DJ soon, but have spent a lot of my time just browsing.
I am a HUGE planner and love spending my free time planning the wedding, so I may not be much of a help to you. Also, FI and I may be moving across the country in July/August so I have been keeping that in mind as I go through my planning as well.
Hope this helps!
Post # 4
If i were you i would definately start looking for a venue and try get it booked asap, you dont want to be left with all the reject dates… you can then start to get a feel of what everything you want will look like …. it makes choosing your dress easier and saves stressing at the last min because all the good suppliers are booked!
Post # 5
@KaitKitten: Uch, I know the feeling! It’s overwhelming when you are trying to figure out where to start. The good news is, I think you still have plenty of time to get everything done. Here are my thoughts about what to do to get started.
1. Head to the library or Amazon and check out the wedding etiquette books. There a MILLION different ones, and I don’t know quite how to tell which are the best. I found a cheap one at a consignment store. It’s an Emily Post guide to Wedding Etiquette. You don’t have to read the whole thing cover to cover (a lot of etiquette books are thick and can be a bit dull), and I don’t recommend becoming an etiquette-crazed bride because too much rigidity can detract from the fun. Still, etiquette books are great for answering some of your basic questions, like when do I send out save-the-dates.
2. For save-the-dates, I have heard you should send them anywhere from 1 year to 6 months before the wedding.
3. For the dress, a lot of books recommend that you find the dress before you do anything else. That’s not how I am going about it, but experts say finding a dress right off the bat can help set the tone of the wedding. Plus, it will give you plenty of time for alterations or whatnot, and it might help you figure out how you want to dress your bridal party.
Good luck! You still have plenty of time, so don’t worry! Check out a wedding etiquette book and maybe a fun book like “The Bride’s Instruction Manual” (lots of cheap used copies on Amazon) for tips on when to do what. Hang in there! You’ll get it all done. 🙂