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UKbride Member Request 7 Jan 2020

Is it too early to start booking?

Just set my date for my wedding, it’s in November 2023! I’ve booked the chapel already for the ceremony and asked the girls to be my bridesmaids, is there anything else I can start doing now or am I really early to be doing anything? Also when can I send out save the date cards?

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UKbride Member 8 Jan 2020

I've been picking bits and pieces I find that are on sale etc I'm doing all my own centre pieces x

UKbride Member 8 Jan 2020

Book your venue? Start looking at ideas and suppliers and going to wedding fayres. We booked and had our wedding in 5 months but I had 5 years before to think about things.
Don't do too much too soon as things will change and more will be on offer in a couple of years. But start your wedding scrapbook of ideas and use Pinterest.
Most importantly enjoy every second and revel in the planning.
Congratulations x

UKbride Member 8 Jan 2020

I'm having an artificial bouquet so I'm planning that and I'm looking at photographers to follow on websites to narrow down the search

UKbride Member 8 Jan 2020

Find a venue and a good photographer and book them as the good ones go quick x

UKbride Member 8 Jan 2020

Were september 2023. Weve booked the church and photographer, band and soon to book the venue. Ive also decided on flower and cake as I'm making those - i need that many flower that ill be starting those asap :s
Were sending save the dates out this year as we have family abroad who will want to come. Then its just ideas as dress, suits and caters I'm told need to be 12 to 18 months before. But its mega fun planning and i go to loads of fayres to get ideas!
Good luck and have fun planning!

UKbride Member 8 Jan 2020

Go to some wedding fairs to get an idea of what’s about and what type of things you want. Certain suppliers can book up quick or if you want bespoke items these can take time to make. So just keep that in mind. In regards to save the dates if your getting married abroad or have an odd date like a Sunday send them out early so guests can book the time off in advance. Otherwise you can leave them til a year before hand.

UKbride Member 8 Jan 2020

I'm getting married in July 2021 and I first did the guest list (to know how big a venue I needed) then found the venue. I sending save the dates magnets (chose that instead of cards!) end of this month.

UKbride Member 8 Jan 2020

Calm down...You have 3 years to organise. Dont let it take over your life...It's just one day. A special day granted but don't forget to live and appreciate each other between now and then x

UKbride Member 8 Jan 2020

We get married 2022 and booked our wedding venue and photographer at the end of last year. 2021 is already starting to get booked up so we are ahead. No rush but maybe towards the end of the year you can some book other things. I’ve started buying little bits that I’ve seen to save money. Our biggest budget is the venue so trying to save some pennies. There is no harm in being organised and you may save money booking things early xx happy planning

UKbride Member 8 Jan 2020

Never too early to start planning and booking things. Photographers and venues get booked 2 years in advance so book the big things early and you'll find everything else just follows. Enjoy the planning while you've got the time to appreciate it and the time to make decisions. X

UKbride Member 8 Jan 2020

Book your venue, esp if youre interested in a really popular one. But i would say wait until next year to book all the big things, flowers, dj/band, videographer, photographer etc... im getting married this July, have been planning since I got engaged April 2018. I booked my venue pretty much straight away. Waited early 2019 to book alot of the big things and quickly found alot of companies book up really quickly! Cars especially. But most importantly enjoy your planning! You have 3 years... just plan it in writing now (i have a planner and have all my ideas down) what helped me... (me being a super organised freak) was I wrote down when I was going to ring/book the big things... made lists of each step. It's kept me on the ball and prevented rushing and panic lol but do what work for you 😊

For save the dates we didnt want to waste any money on them so we just sent fb messages to our guests, I think we sent them Oct 2019... so 9 months before.

UKbride Member 8 Jan 2020

No harm in doing any of it now many suppliers will honour this or next years prices so you may be able to save some monies by booking this early

UKbride Member 8 Jan 2020

I’m getting married in April 2021 and I book my venue,registrar and photographer at the beginning of last year. I also asked my bridesmaids before I even booked the wedding. I don’t think it’s ever to early to start planning. I have my dress being made which is due back in August and my centre prices being made which are due back in July xx

UKbride Member 8 Jan 2020

I’m using Bridebooks timeframes. I’m a little ahead but it gives you full information of when things need to be done by. Download the app x

UKbride Member 9 Jan 2020

I started everything 9 months out 😂

UKbride Member 9 Jan 2020

I’m looking at 2022 and went to see a venue last weekend as they had an open day... they wouldn’t let me book yet as they said it was too early and wouldn’t be able to give prices..

UKbride Member 9 Jan 2020

We did the same as you and booked wedding 3yrs in advance! We booked venue and photographer straight away so we knew we had date/place we wanted and asked our bridesmaids/ushers etc .... and then apart from visitinf the venues wedding fayres occasionally we didnt do anything until the year before! The whole process was so relaxed tho because we took our time over everything!

UKbride Member 9 Jan 2020

Reception venue and photographers get booked up really quickly.

UKbride Member 9 Jan 2020

I get married oct 21 but i had my venue, cake, car, dj booked within a month of getting engaged (june 2018) then had a folder of ideas for all the other bits. Were paying for it all ourselves so wanted plenty of time to pay everything xxx

UKbride Member 9 Jan 2020

Hi I'm a wedding planner who's currently planning her own wedding nd in the first year it's always good to do research on all the suppliers that you will be using for your big day, and keep them in a separate folder jst for wedding related items nd getting inspiration nd ideas is from bridal magazines, places you go, shops you walk past ,etc send out your save the dates bout 18mths then you can send your actual invites out about a month later hope that has in some way.
It always pays to check out all your suppliers as I've had trou le with a couple with suppliers in the past so I would definitely recommend doing your research. Xxx

UKbride Member 10 Jan 2020

I’d say you can start booking whatever you’re ready to book, gives you more time to pay everything off x

UKbride Member 14 Jan 2020

Hello! That is fantastic you have secured the chapel! You may find however a lot of the other suppliers may require you start booking them from two years prior but it doesn’t hurt to source them and enquire.

There’s great benefits when allowing a longer period of time for planning, means you can plan clearly and gain more control and also allows time to build your wedding fund 😉

For now, enjoy creating your mood boards and attend wedding shows for lots of inspiration.

Save the dates can be sent at anytime but i would suggest at least 18 months prior to the wedding so your big day is not forgotten about.

Wishing you a happy planning process xx 😊

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