(Closed) So How Early Is Too Early?

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
276 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I wouldn’t really buy stuff yet, as your taste and trends may change. But you could do a lot of research on your venues cause some of the really good ones get booked 1-2 years in advance depending on where you live. So thats an advantage you have. You can start a wedding scrapbook tho! Start tearing out inspiration pics so you nail the ideas for the big day:)

Post # 4
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would wait until about a year out.  You might change your mind and end up wasting money on all these things that you buy now.

Post # 5
1542 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

12 months!  Now we’re on a 15 month engagement and we started looking at venues the weekends after he proposed, we booked our venue 12 months away. I tought I was on schedule but the venue manager told me we were about 2 months ahead of schedule.

You can always start planning, just make 100% sure you know what you want and that it’s the final decision before buying something.. oh and that you have place to store everything you buy without it getting damage.

Lots of vendors don’t want to work with you prior to the 13month mark so be patient about that.

Long engagements are to be enjoyed, have fun Laughing.

Post # 6
1842 posts
Buzzing bee

I agree that I would wait to start collecting things until you are about a year away. But you can do a whole lot of planning between now and then that does not involve buying things quite yet. 

Research a venue, start deciding on colours, look in to what kind of dresses and styles suit you, first before any of that is even dreamed of Set A Budget!!!!! I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a budget in place before you even start looking at halls etc. 

Best of luck planning!

Post # 7
864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would start looking at venues that you might be interested now and how you would like your wedding to feel. I see you live in South Carolina so if you are getting married there you should start looking at weather reports so you get an idea of how weather patterns will have an influence on your wedding like hurricane season. Also you might think about what time of year the important people will be available, you don’t want to pick a time were people will be busy with other things (which is difficult a couple years out but you still might know some school finals dates, etc).


We thought about getting married in SC, and the popular venues booked up quickly about the time your looking at so two years may not even be that much time (the bigger historical plantations and rentable yatchs like the Carolina Girl.)

Post # 9
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m itching to shop too, but I’m restraining myself to window shopping and keeping track of ideas! I’m shopping, without buying, so I can get a confident budget to save for (though I do confess to playing with bits of material to see if I could pull off DIY fabric flowers). I’m still in the waiting stage but it’s looking like 2014 for me too.

Post # 10
2724 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I would wait. You might change your mind about everything. You could start looking at venues and get your inspiration boards.

Post # 11
2582 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Save lots of pictures, look at lots of websites – but do not start buying things!!

Ive probably seen two dozen posts on here of girls who bought stuff way too far in advance and then changed their minds, bought too much or too little of something, had to change venues, or fell in love with a dress or something else that ended up getting discontinued, etc.

Post # 12
10361 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think it’s ok to book a venue, caterer, etc a year and a half out. I wouldn’t start buying anything – including your dress – until a year out!

Post # 13
1844 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  I was in a similar position to you! I had a 22 month engagement and I could NOT wait to start doing things!

  I would focus your time right now on your vendors. One of the perks of having such a long engagement is that you have a better chance of getting the things you want. We booked our reception venue 19 months out, and our photographer about 17 months out. That was really, really helpful.

  Have fun gathering ideas! The big advice I can give you now is to start saving money. I didn’t start this nearly early enough.

Post # 14
23589 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would wait, but looking and planning now should be fine!!

Post # 16
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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@ihavethemusicinme:  congrats! I need to hit the massive weightloss plan too, great job!

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