(Closed) When do I start…? I need a time line…

posted 7 years ago in September 2013
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You have loads and loads and loads of time. You can start looking for venues and such, but there’s really no point in setting anything in stone yet. Plus in the next almost-two years, your tastes may change with how you want things, and who you want in your wedding.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’d say start making concrete plans one year out.  Maybe even a year plus a few months if you know your venue is in high demand.  Good luck and congrats!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@hannahmarie: yikes, start with the venue asap if that’s the case!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yay potential date twin! That’s when we’re aiming to get married, too. I’ve been trying on dresses and getting ideas, but I haven’t set anything in stone.. It’ll drive me crazy having so much time and trying to set things in stone!! But I guess it’s also harder because I don’t even know where we’ll be living/where the wedding will be yet.

Anyway, I’m aiming on only setting stuff in stone a year out πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

The first big thing I did was book the venue. After that I started to do a lot of research. You can sign up for salon mailing lists so you know when theyhave sample sales. Once you get an idea of their sales pattern you’ll be able to time your purchase. You have a whole year to learn the cycles of things. 

If you are the type of person that changes her mind a lot I wouldn’t book anything or buy anything yet. You can also start looking at photo and video. I booked mine about 18 months out which was good since I got to them before they raised their rates.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’d say get your venue and other big ticket items out of the way NOW. Everything else can be done in less than six months, from what I’ve been told.

Fiance and I have been engaged for almost a year, and haven’t purchased a single thing for the wedding except for Save-The-Date Cards (and we changed our color scheme for the second time, two days after getting them in the mail!)

Besides picking our main vendors (most of whom are friends!) we literally haven’t done anything besides gather inspiration. I’ll let you know in June if this was a good idea or not, but I know it’s too far away for me to set my mind to something!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Congrats!!!

If your venue books up quick (which ours does also) get that out of the way. It will be a huge relief to have your venue and date down. We booked ours right away. Now I’m just taking a step back and researching, and filling my “binder” with things I love… things I hate… so when I go to vendors I am completely prepared!

I’m going to ask some of my bridesmaids and def my maid of honor and man of honor when I see them over the holidays (we all live scattered across the country) so that I can start getting excited with them. The dress, vendors etc I’m leaving until next summer…. I’m worried some of my tastes may change so I don’t want to lock myself into anything now.

I’ve started working on little things like table number DIY crafts because I’m getting antsy and I know those won’t change much between now and the day regardless of what colors etc I end up with πŸ™‚
Hope this helps!! πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

YAY! Date TWIN! πŸ™‚ We’ve already booked our Venue. It was already booking for 2013 so book if you can!! My tastes don’t change a lot so I don’t anticipate any of that. πŸ™‚ At least plan get ideas of what you want and possibly get quotes. Prices may go up but I don’t see them skyrocketing. πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We just booked our venue for Sept 7, 2013 because it is in such high demand! Now that that’s out of the way, I feel no pressure to rush into anything else. Just gather inspiration and ideas until about 12 months out. Is that reasonable? Maybe I’m not feeling the urgency the way I should :/

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We booked our venue, photographer, transporation (becuase we won half off), chair covers (because we got a great deal 50% off plus an extra $50.00 off)!! now i will be good until the 1st part of the year!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We have our venue booked and some caterers lined up. Everything in Chicago is booking about 20-24 months in advance, so this was perfect timing to get on the planning trip.

Basically, we are going to get everything big done and booked now and slowly purchase everything else as we go along.

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