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Just Said Yes May 2021

Planning too early?

Liberty, on January 27, 2020 at 6:21 PM Posted in Planning 47 489
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Hi fellow brides and brides-to-be! Our wedding isn't until next May but so far I have booked our venue for the ceremony and reception, our caterer, and our photographer just to get an idea of how much money I have to spend. I'm getting a lot of snarky comments from people saying that I'm planning too early. I'm not sure if it's because I'm overly sensitive or that they're right. I think I'm just anxious about the whole thing. I have a very strict budget and by planning this sixteen months early I feel like I have a better idea of how much I want to save every month. Any thoughts or comments?

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  • Shelby
    Expert November 2020
    Shelby ·
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    We got engaged March 2019. I went and toured a venue in July, brought FH back in August and we booked it and set the date (November 7, 2020). I wanted to get big main stuff done before the holidays came plus that way I didn’t have to worry about stuff the closer the wedding date got. I say plan at your own pace Smiley smile
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  • Kaleigh
    Dedicated September 2020
    Kaleigh ·
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    I think you’re doing great! I had a two year engagement and got most of my planning done in the first year and a half! Now I’m 90 days out and the only things I need to do are small and fun!
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  • Erin
    VIP April 2022
    Erin ·
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    If you’re able to book the date, it’s not too early Smiley smile my wedding is next July and the only reason I haven’t booked my ceremony venue is because they won’t let me until 1 year out. Do what works best for you, your budget, and your wedding Smiley smile. I find being prepared early on can help alleviate a lot of stress towards the end.
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  • Kristen
    Rockstar November 2020
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    LOL I am doing a very intimate elopement ceremony and a photographer I spoke to today told me that I am ahead of the game but at the same time some places have popular wedding months and venues and photographers book up fast so yeah sometimes you need to. Do what is right for you and nothing wrong with being ahead of the game. Some people are ahead of the game and some are last minute. Stuff can come up so better than looking last minute and then nothing you want is available.

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  • Suzie
    Super October 2020
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    I don’t think people realize how far out wedding vendors book. Don’t pay them any mind. We got engaged end of May 2019, and picked October 2020 for our wedding. I started planning immediately and we still had to change our date to a Sunday bc everywhere in our area was booked. By July (15 months out) we had our venue, photographer, caterer, officiant and day of coordinator. Spring a big wedding season, so I think if you can book things now, do it! The more you’re able to check off your list now, the longer you can enjoy just being engaged. You’ll have a better chance of booking vendors you really want by planning ahead. People commented to me on how long our engagement was (rude!) and I just responded with, well everything books at least a year out. They aren’t planning your day for you, so just ignore their comments.

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  • April
    Dedicated November 2020
    April ·
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    I don’t think there’s such thing as “too early”. We got engaged in September of 2018, booked our venue the following month (we’re getting married 11/21/2020) and I had about 85% of my vendors booked by the end of 2018. It’s a huge relief to get stuff out of the way early and you’ll have a really good idea of your budget, don’t listen to anyone negative!
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  • Nikki
    Just Said Yes September 2021
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    Hi! I do not think You’re planning too early. It’s great to book things ahead of time. Once the wedding is really close you won’t have to stress over those big things... I’m getting married 9-17-2021 and I’ve got my venue, photographer, videographer, and dress already! I’ve heard the same thing from people but I don’t pay them any mind. Good luck and happy planning! This is an exciting time, enjoy it 💕
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  • Tiffani
    Just Said Yes December 2020
    Tiffani ·
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    I say it's never too early to be prepared! If you can book then book. That's one less item off your list. I believe some vendors are insensitive because we are excited and want to make moves towards our day. My date is Dec 13, 2020 and truth be told I've been having a wedding ideas folder on my laptop for over 10 years now. It's your special day, so do what you need to do for you and yours😘
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  • Kim
    Savvy June 2021
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    Girl I’m in the same boat as you except our wedding will be in June of next year. Our caterer told us they already have bookings for 2021 so it’s best to book things now. A lot of proposals are going to happen around Valentine’s Day and you can bet a lot of places will star getting a lot of inquiries and booking shortly after. Do it now and get it out of the way and enjoy less stress later ☺️
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  • Caitlin
    Devoted September 2021
    Caitlin ·
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    Fam I'm not getting married until September 2021 and I've got all the vendors you mentioned already. 😅👍 Less stress for us. Let the snarkers sulk in their snarky darkness.
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  • Megan
    Expert May 2022
    Megan ·
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    I'm planning for next June-August and I keep telling myself I have time but I worry if I wait until June to start booking things nothing will be available that I want.
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  • Tara
    Savvy June 2021
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    I got engaged 12/2/19 and immediately started looking at venues since we were planning to get married June 2021. Venues book really quickly. We put a deposit down for the venue at the beginning of this month, last week we met with a DJ and booked him. Today we met with a photographer and put a deposit down with them. IMHO, I think those are the 3 most important things that should be booked early on.
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  • Amy
    Dedicated August 2020
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    I got engaged April 2018 & I'm getting married in august 2020 everything is pretty much paid for I started the same month we got engaged not only because iwas excited,but also because i didn't want the stress of having to pay for everything last minute your doing the right thing don't worry what people think 👍
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  • Sexypoodle
    Master October 2021
    Sexypoodle ·
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    Not sure why YOUR planning decisions would make someone else get snarky. That’s crazy. They can plan their wedding starting whenever they choose. But it’s perfectly fine for you to start planning now.
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  • Ally
    Dedicated June 2021
    Ally ·
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    You definitely are NOT planning too early! We’re getting married next June and booked our photographer this month and the venue in November. Both of them told me they book fast and it’s better to do it sooner rather than later and miss out on the specific one you want. It also gives you time to slowly pay for vendor deposits and not have to book them all at once.
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  • Tanyia
    Expert February 2020
    Tanyia ·
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    I don’t think you are. My wedding is next month. I booked the venue in Jan 2019, photog in March, DJ by July... and so on. Now I’m 30 days out and am basically all paid in cash. Even able to spend on extras - like a photobooth and guest bags for guests flying in from out of town. You are doing great.
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  • Gabbie
    Dedicated May 2021
    Gabbie ·
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    My wedding is also may next year and I'm planning early for the exact same reason. It's not wrong to be excited about your own wedding, and it's smart to get things before they're booked up *especially* with a budget. I started last month, and it's taken me this long just to make a smart choice about a photographer
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  • Ashley
    Expert October 2021
    Ashley ·
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    Def not too early. Booked all my majors (venue, catering, dj, photographer, and videographer) in the first few months of being engaged with 2 years to go to wedding. Booking early gets you the people/places that you want and rates go up every year so it’s cheaper too. Now I’m almost 9 months out and I have almost EVERYTHING done. Excuse me while I enjoy being engaged 😂😂
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  • Richelle
    Just Said Yes September 2021
    Richelle ·
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    We got engaged Christmas of 2019, and as of January 11, 2020, I already had our destination wedding venue booked for our September 2021 wedding 😂 The venue was all-inclusive, so it already included catering, alcohol, cake, DJ, and even a photographer! I also already booked our videographer 😂 sorry, I had no chill. I just never got used to cramming, and I wanted a venue for our date so I couldn't sleep well knowing we have not reserved anything yet. After we paid the downpayment, I was able to sleep well again. HAHAHA.
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  • D
    Dedicated July 2020
    D ·
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    Enjoy every second of being engaged! If you are enjoying planning now and feeling less stress, then that is the best thing possible for you. Don’t feel pressured by other people’s time tables.
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