(Closed) Planning…when did you start? Need input

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 47
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@realtreegal:  I have been planning for 2 months now and my wedding is October 4th 2014. I have the venue, food, linens, dj, photographer, wedding party, and dress. We have deposits down on the venue, photographer, and my dress is paid for. We are trying to get everything done early though so we can enjoy our engagement.

Post # 48
1430 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@realtreegal:  We got engaged back in January and are having an engagement of about 2 years and 2 months. I started really planning a few months after we got engaged. The first few months I spent looking up ideas on Pinterest and looking at potential DIY projects here. So far we have our videographer, caterer, and venue picked out. There’s nothing I wish I would’ve done sooner at this point. By putting down deposits now, we got lots of stuff cheaper than had we waited to pay later. For instance, I got my videographer about $300 cheaper, by putting down earlier this year since his new prices just went up when they invested in better video equipment. So I’m all for getting big things paid for now, well at least deposits, to lock in rates.


Post # 49
1710 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Our engagement was about 13 months long. I started planning right away, we booked our venue about 2 weeks after getting engaged (everyone told me to do that immediately). We also booked our photographer and decorater early. I got my dress last October (so about a year before the wedding). I found that after we had all of the big stuff booked there was a lull, then we got our invitations/RSVPs and favours next, then another lull. Then there was lots of last minute things to do in the last month before the wedding (final payments, seating chart, etc).

Post # 51
794 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@realtreegal:  Congratulations!  The biggest concern now should be time-sensitive things like finding and reserving a venue for the date you want.  That was my biggest thing a year out, and we booked our venue in January of 2013 (for our January 2014 wedding).


When did you start planning? January 2013


How long was your engagement? it will be 13 months total


Anything you wish you had done sooner? Not yet, I feel very on top of things!  


Anything you took care of too early and wish you had waited on? Sending save the dates to people and adding “and guest” to the envelope.  That was STUPID.  Now I have to give them a guest invite even though our guest list has kept growing….lesson learned.




Post # 52
8574 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We got engaged this past January, we set a date and I started planning shortly after that for our October 31, 2014 wedding. However, I did no planning during the summer as I have very long work hours [12-16 hours, 6 days a week], and just cannot commit to any planning during that time.

Now that summer is over, my plans will be in full force again until about April, 2014, in which case, I hope to be done planning by then and have everything good to go [besides fittings and pre-wedding parties].

Right now, we have quite a bit done, right down to my dress. I’ve been working on save the dates, but won’t send those out until March or so.

Post # 53
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@realtreegal:  Yes, the one in January is DEFINITELY where you will get a lot of vendors and discounts! 🙂 Good luck with wedding planning…you will have tons of fun!

Post # 55
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@realtreegal:  I think the best place to start is the venue… when i thoought i was getting married next aug i got enegaged in may found the venue in june july but our date is now up in the air so its not booked anyways …. def start with the venue 


You have to go see places so make a short list and on his day off say this needs to be booked or we will lose the nice places 


I also was looking for food pretty quick too cause well good stuff will go … the place I found did both witch is great 


after venue food, I start thinking of if you have dj or a band you like you might not wanna lose maybe your hair stylist b.c. nov just b.c. thanksgiving people might be getting all done up for family gatherings i tend to go get my hair done b4 holiday dinners and things 


just lil things like that … i start brain storming ideas of how you want things to look and talk with a few florists (my friends weddign was 5000 in flowers she got me sooo scared) and 2 pleasd iwent wee 2-3k well local place in my town not the city that used to bring flowers to the starbucks i worked at she said about 800-1500 … my friends brial parties flowers were 170 and hers wer 260 but the ones this lady does are just as nice for 160 for mine and ten 90 for the girls …. so ya start shopping around


bridal look you need to order 6-8 months early so if your picky get shopping in a few months and have your ideaas … I have gone shopping for dresses once already tis really fun i know i gonan nedd alil time though b.c. well i am losing wight i lost 30lbs so i dont see why i should order anything earlier then that window there 


Also by finding your venue b4 dress it canhelp u match your dress to the room 


you should also figure out invites and if you want save the dates and since you know your date fun photo session might be a good way to kick off your planning by sending out the save the dates (dont send them till you have the venue booked though 

Post # 56
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

We’re getting married 6th Feb 2015 and have booked the venue, the band and the string quartet, bought candelabras and candles. Thats it for now lol

Post # 57
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

You’ll want to take care of booking a venue first. Then you can have your date set. Next, I’d look into photographers and book one since they usually start booking a year ahead. You don’t want to fall in love with a photographer and then they aren’t available.  Next start narrowing down other vendors (catering, coordinator, officient, cake, hair/makeup etc). Venue is important because it locks in your date. All other vendors are determined based on date. 

I started pretty much right away on my planning mostly because my wedding is in wine country aka hot Destination Wedding spot. Stuff fills up fast here.

Post # 59
417 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My engagement will be approximately a year and a half.  I started the planning a few weeks after getting engaged, by that I started scouting out venues.  I got engaged at the end of October and we decided we didn’t want to officially book anything until the new year.  So we looked at and picked our venue in November and booked it in January.  After that I’ve tried to do one big thing and a few small things a month to keep on track.

Post # 60
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@realtreegal:  Our wedding is 10/3/14 and we got engaged 2/23/13. We started booking things 16 months out. We already have our venue, photographer, day of coordinator, my dress, his suit, and are getting the STD’s ready to send out. I also started the DIY projects and just finished our cake topper! 

If you aren’t picky, you can wait but if things feel up fast in your area or you have a specific idea of what you want, you should start booking now. I say choose the date and then get your venue and photographer booked asap.

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