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Liberty
Beginner May 2021

Planning too early?

Liberty, on January 27, 2020 at 6:21 PM

Posted in Planning 507

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...
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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  • Amber
    Devoted January 2022
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    I don’t think you’re planning too early. Our wedding is planned for Jan 2022 and we have venue (which includes food) , dj, and photographer booked already. Booking early allows you to have more options, spread out payments and also locks you into current pricing. We are waiting until the summer before we start looking into other vendors. In my opinion you’re right on track.
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  • Morgan
    Beginner May 2021
    Morgan ·
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    We booked our venue 2 days ago and its May 2021. I'm already looking to book things because we also have a strict budget and if we have to go over then we pay ourselves and need to make sure we save enough so I think your okay. Everyone tells me to wait but I'm just not that kind of person. Things can happen last minute.
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  • Brittany
    Beginner June 2021
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    I dont think that is to early at all. FH and I got engaged 07.10.2019... set date for 06.19.2021. We had photographer, videographer, and dj a month later and the venue the next month. I feel its better to be early than to wait and not be able to do what you truly envisioned for your wedding. As of today we have everything booked dresses/tuxes picked out now able to relax and work on small things that we want
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  • Megan
    Savvy October 2021
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    If you can book vendors it’s not too early. We got engaged in April 2019 and wanted to get married in October the following year. I pushed to start planning right away and found out a lot of places were almost booked for the month. By August we had over half of our vendors booked.

    We then were able to take a break and enjoy being engaged without feeling stressed that we might miss a vendor we wanted.
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  • I
    Devoted August 2021
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    All of the things I've read about timing on when to do things seems to off in terms actually happening. Be ahead of the game, know what you are getting into and and be prepared for it. . .nothing wrong with that! We got engaged in early May 2019, I had a venue booked by June, DJ & Photo booked before the venue. Just hired the florist and getting married in September! Enjoy the process!
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  • Sarah
    Devoted October 2021
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    You can never plan to early. At least this way you have time to fully save up, create your wedding plans, decide on the wedding party, etc. I know my fiancé and I will he engaged for a year and a half before we say I do. Even though, wedding planning is still stressful, I am glad that my fiancé and I did not rush the engagement, this way we can have the wedding we want, in our price range.
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  • Brittanyann
    Just Said Yes October 2024
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    I wouldn’t listen to what they say. It’s your day not theirs. You can do what you want. I’m rough draft planning my wedding and I’m not even getting married until October of 2024. Haha. People keep saying we have year until the wedding, but We are allowed to be excited. Also, if you are anything like me, you like to be on track and have everything planned ahead of time and perfectly just the way you want it. People thought I was crazy when I was planning my sons first birthday when he was just born haha. But it sure did help having it planned out early.
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  • Serenity
    Dedicated May 2021
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    Don’t listen to that negative lol. You are doing just fine with booking those things because those few things are some of the main things! Keep doing you & congratulations!
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  • Alex
    Savvy May 2021
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    May 2021 bride here too!
    And no, it’s not too early. You can plan as early as you want to.
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  • Mayra
    Savvy October 2021
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    Im getting married May 30 2021 and already booked my venue. It’s giving us time to pay everything monthly and be prepared. I already tried dresses on and I’m already looking for save the dates and other things. You’re good on time.
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  • Lindsey
    Savvy June 2020
    Lindsey ·
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    I got engaged in September of 2018 and I'm not getting married until June 20, 2020. We booked the venue in Novemeber of 2018 and have been slowly booking everything else because - like you - I'm worried about cost. People say snarky things about how long we've been engaged (even my family) and how far in advance we're booking things, but I've come to the realization that I just don't care anymore. The more we get done sooner, the less I'll have to stress about when it gets closer to the wedding and I can actually enjoy myself.
    Most of the time I just smile and laugh and say, "it's been really nice to make payments over a few months rather than having huge costs at one time" and then people seem to get it.
    I've thought about moving the wedding date closer several times to avoid the comments, but this way causes ME less stress and I'm all about less stress.
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  • Christal
    Dedicated January 2021
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    Hi, Liberty -
    I say do not worry about what everyone else says. I started my planning in October 2019 and my wedding is this June. I have the caterer, venue, church, and dress. I felt I was ahead of the game. But, life can catch up with you! With work, school, and family you can lose days of wedding planning,—not just for the big ticket items but for the small essentials; for example: your wedding jewelry, garter, table numbers, favors, vows, etc...and before you know it...you have only 4 months left to pay off everything! It goes by quickly!

    It is easy for others to say your starting too early, but only you are aware of your budget and all the “small” details that are important to you that make your day special. By not rushing, you won’t leave anything out. Good luck and press on!
    Christal
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  • Jaime
    Savvy May 2021
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    Don’t let those comments get to you people are very opinionated and sometimes I wish they just shut there mouth. You are totally fine with everything your doing I did the same thing it’s good to be ahead because things come up sometimes and you have to make those changes being organized like you are helps ease the tension
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  • Desiree
    Super March 2020
    Desiree ·
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    Yes yes yes! In my opinion you're doing it right. When you're paying for your own wedding, you need to be budget conscious and NOT stress yourself out when planning. (I made that exact mistake, trust me.) The more time the better. Plus, planning is SO fun, I'd totally drag it out as long as I could if I were you.
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  • Fmv
    Super October 2020
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    Its never to early to plan! We are getting married october 2020. I started really planning January 2019. Its better to start hiring vendors sooner then later
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  • Cassie
    Beginner December 2021
    Cassie ·
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    I got engaged December 15th and I already have my venue, photographer, DJ, and videographer booked. I’m in talks with the caterer and have my dress......... have I mentioned my wedding isn’t until December 31st.... 2021 lol I have almost 2 years but I need that to be able to afford what I want and have time to plan around a busy life. I’m so thankful I’m getting the big things out of the way early so I can ENJOY all the parties and celebrations and enjoy adding smaller details! Do whatever is best for you and leave all that negativity out!
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  • Amanda
    VIP December 2020
    Amanda ·
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    It's never too early once you have booked your venue/date. We got engaged in December 2018 and booked all of our vendors between February-April 2019 for our June 2020 wedding. Having this much time has allowed us to spread out our spending and not feel large hits to our bank accounts yet. We have paid off our DJ and Photographer as well as half of our venue which includes bar, catering, etc. I have also been able to spread out the bridal party gift spending and had the time do some DIY projects for them and the wedding that is going to save us money in the long run. Enjoy your engagement and planning time as I'm telling you and others will also, it goes FAST!!

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  • Maggie
    Super April 2020
    Maggie ·
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    I was in the same boat! We got engaged Feb 24 and our date is April 26 (14 months and 2 days). By the one year mark we had: our venue (caterer and bartender incl.) our photographer, florist, hotel, HMU salon (not exact artist yet), officiant, centerpieces to diy, engagement photos, STDs printed, hotel blocks, website up, wedding party picked and asked, and wedding dress found.



    We had a strict budget and when I’m anxious I plan things, and I had a 3 hour train ride into work 3 days a week where I could plan. If you find a deal, go with it, especially if you plan on getting married peak season
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  • Ashley
    Super October 2020
    Ashley ·
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    I am a planner so we got engaged Christmas Eve 2018 and set our 10-10-20 date. I had our venue that is also our caterer and ceremony space booked on Jan 5 2019. In doing so we got to take advantage of the 2018 prices etc. I got my dress in April.


    Now that I am 8.5 months out I am realizing how happy I am that I got all the big stuff done because the little stuff really adds up and now I can take my time on those since I plan to DIY a lot.

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  • Devoted June 2020
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    We got engaged February 2019 and are getting married June 6, 2020. I booked ceremony and reception venues also in February, photographer in March, bought my dress in April and booked photo booth, videographer and DJ all before July. We booked our cake and flowers this month and really all we have left is our honeymoon. We are also pretty decisive people so it hasn’t been hard for us to make decisions quickly.


    There is nothing wrong with planning early. Some vendors need to book a year in advance so that’s great that you got the one you wanted! We have *loved* having the last few months just to chill and enjoy our engagement!! Happy planning!!!
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