Wedding timeline for buying and hiring?

posted 7 months ago in Logistics
Post # 2
967 posts
Busy bee

I booked my photographer, venue/caterer, reception music, and even got my dress a little under two years before the wedding, so I don’t really think it’s ever too early for certain things if you know exactly what you want and know that you won’t change your mind. We got our officiant, flowers, wedding bands, and bridesmaids dresses about seven or eight months out.

So much of this stuff depends on your location– we live in a city but are having the wedding in a smaller town, so certain things we knew would be popular and book up fast while others were more flexible. I think you should go ahead and book/buy anything you’re certain about as early you want, and leave the rest for later.

Post # 3
8159 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i got engaged at the end of february and started looking at venues in march.  we booked a date for october.  so i had about 7 months to do everything.  i booked everything the first 2 months. 

we had 120, formal affair.  i would not have wanted or needed any more time.

Post # 4
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A Historic Inn

We became engaged in Feb 2016 and will get married in June 2017. Everything is done, and I didn’t follow a “timeline.” I’d say generally, the earlier the better on everything. I’m a hyper-planner, but I also know my taste and preferences. I made the biggest decisions first (our photographer and venue–venue includes linen, chair, and table rentals). Then, I created my vision off of my venue and made purchases along the way so I wouldn’t get overwhelmed. For example, I wanted milk glass vases for my centerpieces. My mom and I started finding them at antique stores and flea markets last summer, and they were mostly <$5 each! We currently have 70ish pieces, but didn’t spend more than $150 total because we shopped around a lot and didn’t feel pressure to buy. If you’ve already found decor, rings, or even a particular vendor with a great price, I’d say go for it. IMO, it’s super nice to sit back with less than 100 days before my wedding with minimal stress or concerns. Happy planning! 

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