Post # 1
My boyfriend and I just got engaged (March 17, 2012) after only dating for a very short amount of time. We’re both college students and want to wait until at least he’s graduated from college, which will be in 2015. So we are considering a wedding in October of that year though the date isn’t yet set.
1. When should we send out engagement announcements?
2. When should we start planning our big day, since we’re going to have a long engagement?
Post # 3
You can start planning now (as in getting ideas of what you’d like, dont like, and possibly start looking at different venues to get a feel for them). And I’m not sure about the engagment announcements. Either way Congrats on teh engagement!
Post # 3
I would do both in 2014 and just focus on your studies for now. A lot can change between now and then.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
What she said. 🙂 Styles, trends, your lifestyle, your friends, etc. may change A LOT between now and then. I’d just hold off on planning for a good while.
Post # 5
Engagement announcements should be sent out soon but wait till at most a year and a half before planning your wedding. Too much time is not a good thing in my mind. Things change including you. Ive had my centerpieces planned for over a year and a half and changed them a few days ago again.
Post # 6
One thing I would definitely wait on is planning who is going to be in your bridal party. As PP have suggested, things can change a lot between now and 2015. The last thing you want is to ask a friend to be a bridesmaid, then grow apart. Wait until about 18 months out to pick them.
In the meantime, use the time to look at bridal planning magazines and the Hive to get an idea of styles, colors, etc. that you love.
Enjoy the planning!
Post # 8
Congratulations on the engagement!! That is very exciting!!
Since you are doing a long engagment, I would personally wait at least a year on most stuff. Unless you are 100% set on the date you want, I wouldn’t set that in stone until about 1.5 years out. Things may change such as location you want to get married, where you two are living that year, etc., so I think booking it too early and changing it would cause more stress. However, make sure you book it still far enough out where you can get the venue you want and the date you decide.
Most engagement notices I have seen also serve as Save the Dates. That way you can save a little money. I would send those out anywhere from 8-12 months out. Just my opinion, but I think that gives people enough time to actually save the date, but not too much time where they forget that it’s coming up in the future.
Good luck!! And congrats again!