(Closed) when to start planning?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@alyssa247: Well the first order of business is to decide on a budget. That way you can know how much money is alloted for each item. The Knot website has a really good budget breakdown tool. It’ll tell you what % of your budget should be spent on what items.

If you have a date you really really want, I think getting a venue is the first order of business. That way you can secure your date ASAP. 

The other things you may want to secure early (if they are important to you) are a photographer and your entertainment (DJ or band).

Our first choice photographer happened to book up 2 years in advance, so since we were only having a year long engagement we weren’t able to hire him. We ended up with a fantastic photographer anyway, but some things book up crazy early, especially if they are the best in their field or are located in a wedding hotspot.

So, I don’t think it’s too early to start scoping out locations/venues and maybe get that tied down since the date is so important to both of you.

Congratulations on your engagement!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@KatNYC2011:  I agree with all of this.

 

Set budget and book vendors ASAP to get what you want (location, video, photographer, officient, DJ, coordinator, etc). The dress usually takes 6months (or MORE) to order in, so start looking this summer for that. The rest of the details (invites, decor, favours, etc) can be done 6 months out.

I’d also add that if you want a destination wedding people will need a LOT of advanced notice (at least a year) so they can save, take time off work, etc. I would think about sending out STD’s for this summer.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@alyssa247:  Don’t panic. You have plenty of time. I had exactly a year to plan and the only little snag we hit was with the photographer, but it turned out for the best anyway.

Just take things one piece at a time and you’ll be fine.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@alyssa247:  When I saw I had 6 months and 200 things to do on the knot I almost cried, but some of it is repetative, some of it won’t be for you (live bands, favours, videographer we are skipping), etc. Go through it and take out what you don’t need, make a quick list of things you can do easily (i.e. make a tentative guest list) and then do it!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You have plenty of time.  You can start putting together ideas and slowly start looking for vendors. 

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