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Expert October 2021

When did you start buying 'things'?!

Lisa, on February 3, 2020 at 5:15 PM Posted in Planning 5 237
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So our wedding is in October and I am anxious to starting buying ‘things’! How far out did you buy your bridal party/parents gifts, your guest book, reception items (toasting flutes/cake cutting set) and all your other wedding days ‘things’? I’m not sure why I am hesitating, but something is keeping me from hitting the checkout button!


Latest activity by Christi, on March 14, 2020 at 11:26 PM
  • Kaitlyn
    Devoted October 2020
    Kaitlyn ·
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    I know what you mean! We’re getting married in October and I got a cake topper and our champagne flutes but everything else I keep holding off on
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  • Caitlin
    Devoted June 2021
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    We are getting married in August and we’ve been buying things for a while! Probably since last summer.
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  • Emily
    Devoted May 2021
    Emily ·
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    I’m having the same issue! I want to buy things so bad but I’m scared lol
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  • Lauren
    VIP February 2020
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    I'm getting married this month, but I started buying signs and decorations last March!

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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I waited for certain deals like after major holidays
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  • Meghan
    Rockstar October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    I started buying things as soon as I found what I wanted. It was nice to spread out the spending so I was dropping large amounts of money all at once.
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  • Flame Princess
    Dedicated April 2021
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    I started ASAP bc I knew I would have a lot to do since Im DIYing a bunch and didnt want to stress later. Its mostly things Im not too hung up over, like reception decor, signage, guest book stuff. Not getting his ring, my earrings, and his cufflinks until after we move this summer.
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  • Jordan
    Expert March 2021
    Jordan ·
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    I started getting stuff here and there about a year out. Thank god I did do that, now only a few months out there is a only a few things i have left to actually get and now i can really focus on all the other wedding things. Smiley smile

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  • Suzie
    Super October 2021
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    I am in the same boat! We’re also October Smiley laugh I keep holding off in case I change my mind lol.

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  • Nikki
    Devoted April 2021
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    I’m getting married in August and started buying stuff back in November, but we’re DIYing a lot of our decor. I got huge savings during Black Friday and underestimated on some stuff in the thought that I could buy more if the rsvps end up being higher than what we estimated.

    So far we have charger plates, runners, frames for signs, jars for the snacks tables, and our centerpieces. We’re trying to spread it out over multiple months to make it more manageable expense-wise and I try to buy during sales only
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  • Nicole
    Super August 2020
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    Our wedding is in August. We're starting to buy all the little things just so we can't cross them off the list already and not have to do anything last minute.

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  • Mrs. S
    Master November 2019
    Mrs. S ·
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    I bought things like that between 1-2 years ahead of time
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  • Chrysta
    Master November 2022
    Chrysta ·
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    I started a couple months after getting engaged. I was about 16 months out from the wedding. I just couldn’t wait!
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  • Alisa
    Devoted October 2021
    Alisa ·
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    I started buying things right when we got engaged. My mom and I started buying things for centerpieces and other decorations. I think its fine to start a bit early so that way its not all at once.
    Make sure to save all your receipts.
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  • Michelle
    Super October 2020
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    I just started looking at Facebook marketplace, Poshmark, Ebay and Amazon here and there. Wedding is in October as well.
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  • Kaylynn
    Dedicated June 2020
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    I spoke with all my vendors first before I started buying things like centerpieces, lights, linens, toasting flutes, ect... I'm so glad I did because I found that all my vendors offered to barrow me things that I could use, (It helps them when posting RL photos of their products when they help make it look great). So at least in my experience, I waited until all vendors were locked in then I made a list of what I still needed. I gave myself about 6 months and now I'm slowly buying things here and there. Also a tip of advice, go to a wedding show, read bridal magazines and make absolutely sure that you love everything before you lock it in since its still 8 months away to reduce the risk of changing your mind!

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  • Ashley
    Super October 2020
    Ashley ·
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    We are paying for everything so I have already bought a lot for my October wedding:

    centerpiece vases/marbles/candles
    frames for our signs

    Love is sweet words for cake table

    votive candle holders for the cake/popcorn bar tables and cocktail tables if we have any left over

    votive candles for those holders

    cake topper

    ring box

    table numbers

    I could go on. I say if you know you like it buy it.

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  • Taylor
    VIP October 2020
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    I am in the same boat. Getting married in October and have been looking for a number of items but haven't been able to pull the trigger. I just keep reminding myself once all of this is purchased, I'll be able to see exactly how much we have left to save on the fixed deposits. These miscellaneous items could be less or more than my estimates. I just finally purchased our envelopes for the invitations and my FH's wedding band. I would definitely look on AliExpress for little things. You can get a personalized cake topper for super cheap. I'll also be buying my table runners from there.

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  • A
    Super August 2020
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    3-5 months prior.

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  • Mandi
    Master October 2020
    Mandi ·
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    I'm getting married in 55 days.
    We just bought groomsman gifts. I picked our my bridesmaid gifts, but have to finish making them. Bought their earrings on a Black Friday sale. Bought the guestbook 3 months ago. Just purchased our cake cutting set on Friday and I'm waiting on it to be delivered.

    I bought some decor items last spring... but I'm no longer planning to use them. Luckily I didn't buy a ton.
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