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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?

514 Comments

  • Mariel
    Beginner August 2021
    Mariel ·
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    I got engaged October 19,2019 and have majority of things all things laid out and ready. Like you, I wanted everything to be organized and set so it’s out of sight and out of mind for me as well as keeping in mind budgeting monthly and expenses to cover everything. You do what’s best for you! Not every wedding planning will be the same. I’m doing this all by myself with no wedding planner so it does get overwhelming but I’m doing it the way I want it done so that’s enough for me! Congratulations on the engagement too!
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  • Brittney
    Just Said Yes April 2021
    Brittney ·
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    Not at all! I got engaged 7/20/19 and we booked our venue not even a month later for 4/30/21. And we still had to change our date because 5/1/21 was already taken! Almost two years out! I'm doing the exact same thing. We have our venue, photographer, caterer, DJ, bartender, someone to print invites, I have my dress and my hair and makeup stylists! I would much rather be over prepared and enjoy the days leading up to my wedding instead of stressing and late planning. Most of the vendors I am talking to are already booking well into 2021. Keep doing you girl! If booking vendors early alleviates some stress I think that's reason enough to do it! Happy wedding planning!❤
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  • Ashley
    Just Said Yes February 2021
    Ashley ·
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    No I am struggling to find venues
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  • Latonya
    Just Said Yes December 2020
    Latonya ·
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    Nothing is wrong, with that. My thinking if u can avoid a huge bill later. I will pay for it know when it is cheaper
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  • Ariel Menzies
    Just Said Yes September 2021
    Ariel Menzies ·
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    I totally agree with you! My wedding isn’t until next September and we’ve already booked our venue, photographer and videographer! Looking into catering and bartenders cause you just never know if people will have your dates!
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  • Kaitlin
    Beginner June 2021
    Kaitlin ·
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    I'm not getting married until June next year, and like you, I've already booked the ceremony and reception venues, photographer and the DJ. I also have been getting comments from others about how fast I'm going with all the planning. I feel as though we shouldn't have to be stuck on a strict timeline or criticize for getting those expenses out of the way. They way I'm looking it is A.) I'm guaranteed to get the venues and vendors I want. B
    ) I am doing this at a time when I'm positive I can afford those expenses. And C.) I wont have to worry about them later on when others may be scrambling to find their vendors. To me, 16 months or even a little longer is not too early at all. I'm someone who likes to plan ahead with everything in my life. Why not my wedding? Ignore those snarky comments and enjoy relaxing when it gets closer to your big day.
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  • Michele
    Savvy October 2022
    Michele ·
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    I wouldn't worry about what others are saying. It's your wedding. I'm looking at May, 2021 also, and am hoping to book a venue by March, and a few other items. Mainly because I want to know what my budget/spending will be, so I can be prepared to save and pay for cash. I guess a lot of people put costs on loans/credit cards, but if you'd like to pay cash or as much as possible, then you need to know your budget, well in advance. Just be aware if you think you may want to change anything...like maybe flower type or details on a cake or dress, what your options are with that, and what type of costs are associated with changes. Happy planning!

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  • Jennifer
    Just Said Yes June 2021
    Jennifer ·
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    Its never to early to plan and book things. Makes it easier in the end.
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  • Valencia
    Just Said Yes March 2021
    Valencia ·
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    My wedding is March 27, 2021 and I am totally almost done booking vendors. Oh well, I would rather know upfront than to be shocked in the end!

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  • Jenica
    Just Said Yes April 2021
    Jenica ·
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    Oh my gosh! Our wedding isn’t until June 2021 and we are about to book our venue, florals, photographer, etc. as well! I’ve been getting a lot of snarky comments as well, sadly from family members included, about being way too far ahead but we are on a tight budget as well! I think that everyone’s comments are unnecessary. It will be a lot less stress in the long run! And hey, budgeting is much easier this far in advance! Also, once the planning is all done, we can kick our feet back and not worry about a think for the next year! I say, you can never be too prepared!
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  • Samantha
    Just Said Yes October 2021
    Samantha ·
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    I have had the venue, photographer, and caterer booked for over 2 years in advance and im glad i did because the date the month we have for our venue is already booked solid. If you want to have your first choices you have to book early.
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  • Krys
    Just Said Yes September 2021
    Krys ·
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    We’ve already booked our venue, have our preferred photographer have our date penciled in (she’s a friend of ours, but also a professional photographer, not booking for 2021 yet but we would’ve missed out on her if we kept our 2020 date when I inquired of her services last year), DJ booked (they’re booking up 2021 pretty quickly now, too), and I’m going to begin talking to caterers soon.


    In early 2019 when looking for 2020 venues, everything in our price range on our ideal dates was already booked, so we pushed out to 2021 to give ourselves more options and more time to pay. Definitely the best decision and I learned to book as early as possible.
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  • K
    Just Said Yes June 2021
    Kelly ·
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    Our Wedding is June 2021. I have been planning since October 2019. Personally I think there are so many positives to planning early. Not only will you have time to access all of your options and meet with different vendors tp pick the best one for you. But, when it comes to budget it gives you more time to find the vendors that are going to give you the biggest bang for your buck! Happy Planning!!!

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  • Angie
    Just Said Yes August 2021
    Angie ·
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    Our wedding is August 28th 2021 and we have booked our venue and photographer already. Based on checklists and things on the internet I felt I was way ahead and maybe too early but as I started meeting with vendors, I found that they were already booked up for 2020 and into 2021. So many were booked that we ended up having to change our original date because the venue we wanted was already booked that day. I’m finding it is absolutely NEVER too early to start booking and placing deposits. I also wanted to get as much done now as possible to help save money where I can and just to not have to worry about it for the next year.. haha. Keep going girl!
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  • Karley
    Just Said Yes March 2021
    Karley ·
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    We got engaged in September 2019 and our wedding isn't until March 6, 2021! We booked our photographer back in October because I wanted to go ahead and have engagements taken, I've already hired a DJ, and we will be booking our venue this weekend! Wedding planning is supposed to be a fun time and I don't think there is anything wrong with starting early! I also think it helps to minimize stress when you can stretch it out and do things at your own pace! Don't listen to the negativity, just focus on the positive and enjoy your engagement! Congratulations!!
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  • Kendra
    Devoted July 2021
    Kendra ·
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    Never too early to plan! Our wedding is this July and we got engaged 2 years ago. I knew exactly what i wanted to as long as you aren’t someone who changes their mind a lot plan away!


    We have 2 vendors left to get which my FH is in the music industry so I’m not worried. But other than that everything is already planned and we have already started packing up bins to bring to the venue when it’s time. 😁
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  • Susie
    Just Said Yes June 2021
    Susie ·
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    Do what you want! It’s your wedding ❤️
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  • Moriah
    Beginner May 2021
    Moriah ·
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    I don't think there is anything wrong with planning too early. My wedding isnt until May of 2021 and I'm already about to book a venue as well. I think it's a good idea to get ahead of the game so that way you dont have to stress as much when the day gets closer.
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  • Rachel
    Just Said Yes September 2021
    Rachel ·
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    Got engaged this past New Years and had our venue booked 5 days later. Our wedding isn’t until September 2021. Am hoping to have everything booked ASAP, I am seeing that all the good photographers, MUA, etc. book up super fast. No shame here!
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  • Chanelly
    Savvy January 2021
    Chanelly ·
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    I don't think you are planning too early. Depending on where you are it can be difficult to find the venue you want available for your date. It's better to plan early and have a nice blue print of what you want so you and your FH don't overwhelm yourselves down the road.
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