What should I be planning 18 months ahead of my wedding date?

posted 11 months ago in Ceremony
Post # 16
288 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Here’s what we did!
We booked a venue 18 months from our date. (venue is a hotel venue and includes catering)
17 months- photographer and DJ
13 months- bridal party
11 months- sent save the dates (friday wedding so we needed family to know early) and booked our officiant
10 months- booked my makeup artist and chose and ordered my dress (I’ve heard if people choose a dress too early they tend to change their minds so I waited til 10 months so it’ll arrive in time for alterations but its not too early)
9 months- ordered flowers from etsy, booked hair
8 months- started ordering bridesmaids gifts (black friday sales), ordered wedding bands
And that takes me to now… soon we will be registering, ordering invites and getting bridesmaid dresses

Hope this helps!

Post # 17
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

sparkosity :  I’m doing the same thing! We are 13 months out after changing our date so I immediately wanted to get all the big stuff done even with timelines on Pinterest and things saying I could wait. 

Post # 18
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

19 months out here, we’ve booked our reception venue- they only had 3 weekends left over the whole of June/July/August 2019, so I was glad we locked them down πŸ™‚ 

Post # 19
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We booked our venue, photographer, and videographer 16 months before our wedding.  If we would have waited even days/weeks longer, we would not have had our first choices.  

Post # 20
794 posts
Busy bee

tpursl :  ooohhh!! I finally found a fellow bee getting married in may 2019!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ˜‚

So far we’ve decided on the date, met the priest who’s my university chaplain, sort of decided on the wedding mass venue and decided against sit down formal reception. I’ve contacted someone who might be helpful to get me a dress within budget, I accidentally and excitedly bought the shoes, started Pinterest collection of dresses, bouquets, wedding bands. Contacted a photographer whom we both like… I’m writing up my PhD thesis, have to submit this month 😱 viva, moving continents, moving out 😱😱 yeah.. we sort of have a crude idea after being engaged for 2 months. After all these, we can enjoy the engagement!

When did you get engaged??

Post # 21
72 posts
Worker bee

I got engaged in Feb 17 and booked our venue in March 17. That was a huge stress as we were on a waiting list for the last Saturday date in 2018 at our dream venue. Fortunately those who provisionally booked it decided to give up their spot!

Since then i quickly booked most things because i couldn’t handle that sort of stress.

My advice? It’s never too early to secure a venue. 

Post # 22
8881 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i had a 7 month engagement and got everything done.  so to me you have plenty of time.

if there are specific vendors you want for a specific date, i would book them sooner.

venue is most important.  after that, everything really falls into place.


Post # 23
1346 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

My engagement is 22 months but we were in the middle of moving and paying for that so we didn’t started planning until 18 months. Venue and photographer should be booked as far out as you can go because the good dates/venues book fast! DJ was booked a couple months after.

Post # 24
1763 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

tpursl :  I started planning when I got engaged, so 20 months before our wedding. I got the venue and photographer booked first as I know they are the first to fill up. I then worked on getting other vendors taken care of. Started with Caterer and DJ. Then I started to slowly book other things as they came up. I waited until a year out to buy my dress, and didnt do fittings until about 3 months before. We also did Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses a year out as well. 

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