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When should I start planning?
My wedding is not until next October. When should I start? I don't want to seem to crazy.

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Posted On: Apr 16, 2010 at 5:48 AM | Vendors are allowed | Add to My Watchlist | Flag As Inappropriate

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Apr 16, 2010 at 12:03 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Shailenea, I don't think it's too early to at least talk to venues for the ceremony and reception. But, I've heard some places won't book more than a year in advance.
Of course, you'll need to know an approximate head count for both locations.
Apr 16, 2010 at 12:10 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Shailenea, there's nothing wrong with planning now. In fact, I think it is a great idea to allow yourself time to do so. It will help eliminate the stress from meeting timelines and getting what you want at the price that will accommodate your budget. Also, you might be able to come across some great deals. Some vendors may not book you because of your wedding date but if they do you will be ahead of the curve. Good Luck!!
Apr 16, 2010 at 4:25 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Many couples do plan 12 to 18 months in advance. I received many calls from couples getting marriend in late 2011. I would definitely set a date and get your ceremony and reception sites secured. The earlier you book, the more time you have to pay on the reception which is your biggest expense. Casually surf the net for next couple of months for some wedding planners (if you are thinking of hiring one) and then by this fall you can be ready to interview a couple and get your planning under way. Congrats and best of luck!!
Apr 16, 2010 at 6:37 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Definitely start now. Get your general ideas written down so you have a better look at what you want. If there are specific ideas, write those, too, because they might affect venue choices. Then...search venues--that will really open your eyes, and help get you focused.

I had a couple call me saying they had been planning for 4 years, but were confused, so all we contracted for was a one-time consultation. Turns out they had only talked, and never wrote anything and never bought anything...no colors, no nothing! We met for three hours, and 2 hours after I left, she emailed me saying she already got her dress, her mother's dress, the groom checked out the two venues we had narrowed it down to and reserved one, and groom got his tux picked out. a week later more they accomplished more. Write it down!!!

Chunky M.

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Apr 16, 2010 at 8:54 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Its never to early to begin, Make a list of things to do and a time line along with it and start knocking them out of the park one at a time. Also I would like to mention an aspect that a lot of couples don't think about, Where will all of the Guest park?. We are full service parking Management Company that strives to be the number one choice in bringing style and sophistication to any event. Check us out...

Phairis

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Apr 17, 2010 at 11:20 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Honey you should definately start plannning early or at least start checking out available vendors, venues etc. Start with a place that you would like to get married at and research different venues in the area. Once you have your have your venue booked you can start looking at different color pallettes and get an idea for the style etc. you want. Its so much fun!!! Enjoy it and the earlier you start the better chances of everything being available that you want :)
Good luck

WiseWeddingStyles

Wise Wedding Styles
Apr 18, 2010 at 2:26 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Congratulations on your wedding! I think it would smart to start some planning now. It’s great that you have time to carefully plan your budget and discuss with your fiancé what you want to spend and what your priorities are. Definitely start visiting venues and working to secure a date. You can be a little more casual with your search for overall wedding styles, colors, themes, etc. Happy Planning!
Apr 18, 2010 at 6:03 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I agree with what everyone said above me, and would add to secure your Officiant. If you are getting married in a church, you may have to go by their calendar, and may need to change your date. If you are getting married by an Officiant at a venue, they are most likely booking now as well. The one thing you don't want to leave to chance is the ceremony. Too many couples leave this as an afterthought. I turn down literally about 20-30 weddings a year because I am already booked, and they are calling me weeks before their wedding. Good luck, and remember to have fun in the planning stage as well.
Apr 20, 2010 at 10:52 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
This is definitely not too early to start planning. One of the first things you may want to do, is start making your invite list. This will give you a number of guest to start with. It will undoubtedly grow, as the date gets closer, but it's a good number to have, when you start pulling the pieces together. You need guest count to pick the right venue, plan your catering budget, and costs for almost everything else needed! That would be a good place to start. Once you have that done, start looking for the venue next, and get pricing info, so you can start getting realistic figures, for the type of wedding your trying to have.
Apr 21, 2010 at 5:21 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
The earlier the better! This ensures you will get all the best vendors. Happy Planning!
Apr 21, 2010 at 10:18 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I agree with Judith too; your officiant should be one of the first things on your list. I am working with clients for next year already, and have been for months. Many of your vendors can only accomodate one couple a day,a nd you want it to be you!
 

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