ProBride: Wedding Planning Early
Is it always better to do your wedding planning early?
As a Bride:
It’s kind of hard not to want to plan everything out right away. Or, on the contrary, you might not know exactly what to plan. Sure, there are the big things like the venue, photographer and the DJ, but what about the bridesmaids gifts, parents gifts, linens, etc.? There are lots of resources out there that you can look to. For instance, I know that any Chicago Style Weddings magazine you buy at the local drugstore will have a countdown to the wedding. This year its page 48. This will breakdown wedding planning into what will need to be done and at what time. That way you will always have something to look forward to and to focus on.
If you are someone who seems to run behind more often than not, then this won’t be enough time for you. Most of these things are suggested at the perfect time and if you wait too long after the suggested time, then you might not have as many options open.
As a Planner:
If you have planner qualities in you, then you will find yourself way ahead of schedule booking dates, sending payments, and locking in ideas. I have to admit that I had my wedding planned in two weeks…. back in September of 2013…13 months before the wedding! That’s kind of crazy, right? I have people ask me all the time, “How’s the planning?”. I almost regret to tell them that it’s all done. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the way I planned my wedding but it sure makes the remaining months seem pretty boring. For me, I knew what I wanted and I knew who to get it from. However, what if you change your mind on something? What if you decide on different colors or find a better bridesmaid dress? I would say that if you catch it far in advance most vendors would work with you to accommodate your wants. If you wait too long than you might have to compromise.
I say the best way is to spread out the planning – make your engagement fun and worth it. That way the wait won’t seem so long. Also, another way to think of it is that by spreading out the planning process, the spending aspect of it doesn’t seem as bad.
PRO TIP: If you are planning on getting married on a holiday, the sooner the planning – the better! Venues and services book fast on holidays.
Farrah is a Certified Professional Wedding and Event Planner (CPWEP).
Her company Simply Azure Events helps brides create stress free breath taking weddings.