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Liberty
Beginner May 2021

Planning too early?

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

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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...
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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  • Janae
    Beginner July 2021
    Janae ·
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    It’s never too early! I just got engaged Nov 23, 2019 and my wedding is May 21, 2021. I feel like you need to start early because everything books up super fast! I have officially booked my date and venue, so now I’m working on everything else that we would need to prepare for the wedding. Even though it seems so far away, I’m sure the wedding will be here before I know it!
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  • Shelby
    Just Said Yes September 2020
    Shelby ·
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    I think your doing a great job! Keep up the great work!
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  • Lena
    Devoted May 2021
    Lena ·
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    A lot of people that have never planned a wedding or got married a long time ago have no idea how far everything books out. I'm getting married next May too and everything is basically done. All the popular and the most beautiful venues get booked out a few years around here. Enjoy the process Smiley smile

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  • Taylor
    Dedicated June 2020
    Taylor ·
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    You’re absolutely doing the right thing. Most of those people will let you put money down on everything every month. I would do that so that when the time comes around your not having over chucks of money! You got this! Tell those people who think your planning to early, if they that heavy of an opinion they can help you pay for everything. That usually shut people up 😂
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  • Taylor
    Beginner May 2021
    Taylor ·
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    We are planning on July 2021 and I plan to have all of that booked by next month! You are not planning to early! Venues and things book up so fast so you need to plan way in advance to ensure you get exactly what you dreamed of! Do not let peoples snarky comments bother you! Enjoy planning your wedding the way you choose!

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  • Lisette
    Beginner May 2023
    Lisette ·
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    I’m planning for 2023. It’s never too early to budget.
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I don't think that's too early. A lot of people are 1.5 years out
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  • Ali
    Dedicated September 2021
    Ali ·
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    Hi! In late spring of 2019, I went to a bridal show and spoke to a vendor who told me she was already booking into 2021. I thought I was ahead of the curb/a little early as my wedding isn’t until fall of 2021 but apparently I was wrong! The good thing about planning “early” is you get the vendors you want, you can stay on top of the cost/really shop around, if you’re struggling with an aspect you have time to work on it and hopefully it reduces stress later on! It’s YOURS and YOUR S/O’s wedding, as long as you are doing what feels best for you two you are fine!
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  • K
    Just Said Yes June 2021
    Kerstin ·
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    I am doing the same thing! It just seems easier to get the big stuff out of the way with plenty of time to spare so you're not up against the clock and can budget effectively. I have terrible anxiety about the whole thing so it also makes me feel like I would have time to arrange a backup plan in the event that something falls through between now and the wedding.


    As long as you're not making hasty decisions and are happy with the choices you've made thus far, I think you're killing it. Smiley smile
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  • Christine
    Dedicated April 2020
    Christine ·
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    Girl we booked our venue before he even proposed! We knew we wanted to get married and In spring and venues book a year or two out! I booked mine over 8 months out ! I just got officially engaged engaged with a ring and proposal last night! You do things how you want not how everyone else wants you to do things Planning too early? 1

    Planning too early? 2

    Planning too early? 3

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    I think you're fine. Before we were 1 year out, we booked our venue, photographer, DOC, HAMU, and florist. I had gone to two dress salons, picked the bridesmaids dresses & proposed to the BM. We had also decided on a honeymoon spot. The only vendor I regret doing so far in advance was the florist, I wish I had taken more time.

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  • Chelsea
    Expert July 2021
    Chelsea ·
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    You are doing just fine. Im getting married next July. I got engaged June 2019 and in the fall time I have venues already booked for our date. Now is the time to plan, book and get quotes. So far ive booked Venue, planner, decorator, photobooth. This week im working on florist and photographer. Gather quotes till i fine the best. Work on things two at a time so your not over whelmed either.

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  • Mallory
    Dedicated November 2020
    Mallory ·
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    I don’t think you’re planning to early at all! You do you! When you book early you get the first pick at the best vendors and you have no chance that your venue will already be booked! Plus it’s so much less stressful to have more time to pay for everything! Don’t worry about what people say it’s your wedding! 💕 have fun planning!
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  • Jennifer
    VIP August 2021
    Jennifer ·
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    IMO, it is never too early to book and plan. Things get derailed and plans can change, but having things in place will save you a headache later on!

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  • Nina
    Savvy September 2020
    Nina ·
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    I do not think you're planning too early. In my experience it seems so much easier and less stressful starting early, this way you can make sure you stick to the budget plus spread out the payments for all the vendors. We got engaged in June 2018, didn't do any planning until January of 2019 and getting married Sept 2020. It honestly has been relaxing having it spread out over a year and do not feel rushed at all. I hope this helps and don't listen to anybody who makes comments like that. Positive vibesSmiley smile

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  • Nina Arszulowicz
    Savvy September 2020
    Nina Arszulowicz ·
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    Well I can say that that is NOT too early. I was engaged December 2017 and getting married sept 2020 😅 I booked the reception venue and caterer 3 months after I got engaged, and everything else had pretty much been booked months after. For photographers and DJs it’s nice to get it out of the way and get it done earlier- especially if you really want them. If you want something’s will be booked. I figured the year of the wedding will be less stressful with it all out of the way
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  • Melissa
    Just Said Yes October 2021
    Melissa ·
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    Our wedding is still over a year and a half away (October 2021) and I'm in full swing planning mode too! We booked our venue, ordered invitation/save the date samples, and have tastings scheduled for the caterer and cake! You do what feels right for you and keep on planning.... just think about how much less stress we will have right before the wedding by getting things done early! Congrats!

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  • Andrea
    Super May 2020
    Andrea ·
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    I don’t think you’re planning too early at all. Big things like venue and caterer do book up early. I had my venue (which was all inclusive so i didn’t have to worry about food) 13 months in advance. I had my dress, Dj, and photographer all about a year out too. The only things I’ve changed my mind on have been linen colors, tables cloths, accent colors, little things like that that don’t need to be set in stone early anyways.
    I would plan all the big things early, and then start saving pictures of ideas you like for decisions that don’t need to be made a year in advance (colors, cake topper, guest book etc etc) After we made all our big decisions we just kinda relaxed for a few months, only now that we are 95 days out are we getting everything else done! But I did order the guest book, cake topper and card box that I had saved maybe 9 months ago 🤷🏼‍♀️ Haha so unless you’re an indecisive person plan as much as you want as early as you want!

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  • Katherine
    Devoted October 2021
    Katherine ·
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    I got engaged last September and my wedding isn't until October of 2020 and I've been planning since day one from excitment! It's an exciting time so enjoy it! The more effort you put into your wedding day is going to make the big day that much more perfect who cares if u get a lil head start you definitely wont be rushing and will be able to relax and not be stressed out!
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  • Sierra
    Beginner May 2021
    Sierra ·
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    Our wedding is May 29, 2021. We have already booked venue for ceremony and reception. We have also hired a catering service. And looking at photographers/videographers now. I say that it’s your day and if this gives you peace of mind, then don’t listen to anyone else’s comments! I’m going to have to tell myself the same thing!
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