(Closed) Unsure on the timeline…

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Let me preface this with the fact that I have a 2 year 3 month engagement so I have no issues with planning early. Most timelines are about a year long, and you can find a ton of them on the internet. My favorites are on weddingwire.com andtheknot.com because they include so much.

Before you do any of this get a rough idea of the size and feel of your wedding. Also determine your budget. I like the budgeting tool on weddingwire best.

How early is too early to book/look at venues? Start now.yMost places book 1 year-6 months out. In some locations they can book as early as 2 years out. We booked about a year and a half out and had the entire month to choose from for dates. If you find somewhere you love right away then you have your choice of dates. If you take a few months, you’re still technically ahead of schedule.

How late is the latest to look at wedding gowns? (I’m am in the process of losing weight, so far so good!) I would look for the wedding gown that looks good on you now. Many gowns take 6-9 months to come in. It varies based on the designer. Most gowns can be altered up 1 size and down 2 sizes, so if you are losing weight it shouldn’t be a big deal to get it taken in. But that depends on the dress. Make suree you ask your consultant when you purchase it. If you go the used route (I highly reccomend it) then your dress can arrive in as little as a week. But thats assuming a listing you like is currently out there. If you fall in love with a popular dress or aren’t picky, this is a great option.

When is the right time to look at bridesmaids dresses? I started looking after I purchased my dress and had chosen colors. That way I could eliminate designers who didn’t have the right colors and I could pick dresses which would compliment mine. I would consider waiting until you have picked your bridal party if you want them to be a part of the decision. I chose a designer, fabric and color before I asked my maids, but I’m letting them pick their own dress within those constraints. If you want them all to wear one dress I would let them try it on before you make your final decision since some dresses only look good on certain body types.

 When should we talk to a florist? A baker? A photographer? Once you have booked your ceremony and reception venue you can start researching your other vendors. You can book once you make your final decision about who you like best. Booking early means you get your first choice of vendors. The timelines will give you a better idea about when to book specific vendors.

When is a good time to do tuxes? What about looking at flower girl dresses? The timelines I mentioned will tell you. I don’t remember off the top of my head, but I think its a couple months before the wedding.

*edit* Is it too early to be going to bridal fairs? Go and enjoy them :).


Post # 5
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Personally, I dont thing there is such a thing as too early for planning.  I gave myself two weeks to relish in my new engagement and then hit the ground running.  I dont have as long of a timeline as you do, but why not get the big things out of the way?  My goal is to get all big things booked before Christmas. 

I picked my bridal party within the first week of planning and the reception venue in the first month.  I use theknot.com’s and Martha Stewart’s timelines broken down by month.  Both tools have been really helpful in keeping me less overwhelmed. 

Post # 6
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

IMO Wedding Fairs / Bridal Shows (magazines & websites too) are all fair-game once you are Engaged.  Because in some instances you will now qualify for contests, mail-outs, specials etc (fine print will say supply Engagement or Wedding Date)

Enjoy !!


Post # 7
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Fiance and I are getting married June 2014 – so we have just under 2 years. That being said, we booked our reception venue last week, and are planning on booking our photographer and ceremony venue before Christmas.

I went to a wedding show just a month or so after our engagment, mostly so my BFF and I could scream over how excited we were, ha!

Since you have a popular wedding month picked, I would highly suggest booking your venue and anything else you care a LOT about (for example, photographer) before Thanksgiving. A lot of people get engaged over the holidays, and those girls will more than likely be wanted a May or June 2014 wedding (since 18 month-ish engagements are popular). Around here, “good” venues/vendors book by a year out, but it may vary in your area.

Post # 8
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

When is the right time to look at bridesmaids dresses?

Start looking now, to decide what you like and what fits with your overall theme, then– order about 6 months before the wedding (or more if you find a dress that takes a long time or get in or something)

How early is too early to book/look at venues?

It depends on how much you love it, and their availability.  Some places book 1-2 years in advance, so it’s a good idea to at least start looking soon, then– based  on their demand, you’ll want to book whenever you’ve found your perfect place, since you’re only 20 months out, I don’t think you need to worry about being too early . 

When should we talk to a florist? A baker? A photographer?

Same as the venue– if you have someone in mind who is in high demand, ASAP.  Otherwise, wait until you’ve got your venue locked in and the date set; it’ll make those conversations easier. 

How late is the latest to look at wedding gowns? (I’m am in the process of losing weight, so far so good!)

I would start no later than 6 months before the wedding, most dresses require 12 weeks to deliver, so you want to makve at least a few weeks to look so you’re not feeling rushed to order something just so it’ll arrive in time. 

When is a good time to do tuxes?

This one takes less  time, since they’re usually rented– but if you want something outside the ordinary, you may want to tlak to them early about how long it takes to fit and order. 

What about looking at flower girl dresses?

 Same as bridesmaids. 

*edit* Is it too early to be going to bridal fairs?

Not at all! Enjoy the show, and if you can, bring pre-printed labels with your contact info to make it easy to sign up for contests and join any mailing lists or things that look like fun!

Post # 9
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Honestly it’s never too early to get started.  We are getting married February 2013 and did a lot of things in the springtime.  My fiance works on the road so there was certain stuff I needed him here for (engagement photos, picking out his tuxes, marriage classes).  We picked our date then booked our hall.  Actually the hall wasn’t available so we changed our date.  🙂  I then talked to my photographer, florist, and DJ since I knew them and knew I wanted them.

I’m also trying to get as much little stuff done as possible NOW.  About three weeks before my big day I have a work convention so I know the weeks leading up to that will be stressful for me at work.  Right now I have the time to get stuff done so I’m taking advantage of it.

Good luck to you!


Post # 10
3267 posts
Sugar bee

I think you can think about anything and start looking and pricing out options.

The only thing I would say hold off on (though in your case it seems it’s too late) is on actually asking the bridal party.

There are way too many posts on here about people wanting to change their bridal party after they have already asked them.  EVERYONE of them all say they won’t chnange their minds, but then they are back on here in 6 months saying they have drifted.

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