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    • AmyL180
      CommentAuthorAmyL180
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
     
    Hello ladies! I'm new to all this having only gotten engaged this month. Needless to say I'm pretty clueless on all of this buy very excited to start getting ideas together. We plan to just enjoy being engaged for a little while before ploughing into this wedding planning world. However what I wanted to know was how long you would recommend giving yourselves to actually plan the big day? Also as I am new to all of this when do companies expect final payments etc. I expect this will have a big effect on when we start planning... Thank you!
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    • Glitterfairy
      CommentAuthorGlitterfairy
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    Welcome and congratulations.

    Planning can take months or years, just depends on what you are having really. Venues normally want payment about 6 weeks or so prior to the date with final numbers, registrars about 3 weeks before, not sure on churches though.

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    Firstly and congratulations!

    To get 5ou started please have a read of the forum rules, check out the brides checklist and add your date to the wedding calendar, all at the top of the forum - if you have not already. 

    The brides checklist is great for giving you an idea on what to plan and in what order. Final payments for suppliers range between 2 and 6 weeks before the big day usually.

    Enjoy the site!

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    • Becci93
      CommentAuthorBecci93
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    Our church takes payment after the wedding :) most of our suppliers are 4 weeks prior but the honeymoon is more like 3 months prior

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    • Becci93
      CommentAuthorBecci93
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    I'd try to give yourself at least 1 year to plan the wedding as dresses and things often need booking that far in advance but if you have a particular date in mind then I would look to booking venues sooner rather than later especially if you want a peak season weddjng as dates sell out years in advance at some places

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    We were engaged 16 months before we got married but didn't really plan much for the first 2 months. We booked church and reception venue about 6 weeks after getting engaged just to set the date then took it easy, just doing things without any rush.

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    My sister and BIL though were engaged for a year before they started planning, they then did everything in 6 months.

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    • Becci93
      CommentAuthorBecci93
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    That would stress me out trying to arrange everything within 6 months! It's atill 11 months for me and I'm gettjng tetchy at the lack of progress with stationery and silly things!

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    It can be done with help. I helped her a lot, I took my MOH duties seriously lol.

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    • Becci93
      CommentAuthorBecci93
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    Mm I think that's ny downfall haha .. Because I like things a certain way I think my bms are a bit nervous of helping with too much however j completely delegated hen party arrangements to them .. That I can't be bothered with!

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    My sister and I are super close so 100% trust each other to get things right. She did so much to help with our wedding she was fab. She and my best mate organised my entire hen and did a better job than I ever could, I actually felt guilty that I didn't do something as good for my sister, well I think they did better than I did but I had no help as my sister's other BM lives abroad so had to organise her hen all alone.

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    • AmyL180
      CommentAuthorAmyL180
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
     
    Fab! Thank you ladies! I can't wait to start planning! The thing I am realising very quickly is that there aren't many rules in this wedding planning business! Lots of options how exciting!
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    • Becci93
      CommentAuthorBecci93
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    Nope you get to choose what you want when you want but that doesn't always make for easy planning with all the options!!

    Have you got a preference on dates or even year of marriage?

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    • MichelleC961
      CommentAuthorMichelleC961
      Got married 33 months ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    Welcome :-) I'm hoping that next year I can start planning my again- I get so excited at looking at what everyone else is doing on here, I've got loads of ideas saved just want to start planning properly!

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    Amy - the only 'rule' is you need to do the legal bit lol - the rest is anything you want it to be. Have fun planning!

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    • clair
      CommentAuthorclair
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    :)! My advice is to think about a relistic (ish) budget 1st then you can plan around that really! Weddings can be done for a little as £1000 to as much as you can afford to spend. I would say of you are not so picky as to what month you get married in then you can plan a wedding quickly as lots of venues have cancelations or generally have dated free in the winter months. But if you are very set on a certain time of year then you need to book 18 months to a year in advance. Also quite a few venues will let you pay off a bit at a time wich can be helpful.
    if you need any advice at all just post on her and we will help you as much as we can. Xx

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    • LadyC
      CommentAuthorLadyC
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    I have given myself 10 months! We are having a fairly laid back affair though and the little details really don't worry me. I just want to marry my soul mate.

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    • AmyL180
      CommentAuthorAmyL180
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
     
    Aw! That's lovely! Oh yes of course the legal part! That's lovely Charlotte! And so true art he end of the day it's all about declaring your love and commitment to each other! Xx
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    • FutureMrsW
      CommentAuthorFutureMrsW
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    Welcome Amy \o/

    I'd recommend giving yourself at least a year for planning, to give yourself some time, but I have known a couple of brides who have pulled everything off in 4-6 months! Although they did have to compromise a bit.

    When we got engaged the first thing we properly did was set (choose) the date. We could have gone for 2016, giving us approx. 18 months to plan, but my older sister is getting married late August 2016 and I didn't want to shoehorn in before her so settled for July 2017. That gave us about 2 years to plan.

    We then decided on the type of wedding we wanted eg. Church, Registry Office or complete venue package etc. and decided on a church wedding and separate reception venue. A hasty first-draft of the gust list to figure out numbers, then we started looking for venues and booked the church.

    I would recommend setting the date 'properly' by booking your ceremony and/or venue sooner rather than later, not only does this give you a solid date to work towards, you might also get to book at this year's prices and save a bit of money :)

    Good luck and let us know how you get on!




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    • AmyL180
      CommentAuthorAmyL180
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
     
    I'm thinking either September 2017 or may/June 2018 I'd rather go 2017 but will depend in costs xx
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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Oct 18th 2015
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    If you can push it to the first week in October it'll be cheaper than September.

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    • StephanieM158
      CommentAuthorStephanieM158
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Oct 19th 2015
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    I have 10 months to go. I have ideas just not the money. LOL
    I'm slowly getting things together but it seems so wiffly at the moment.
    Im even scared things wont "go" together. Its not like I can set up the room to check. haha.

    Congratulations on your engagement, I hope you're not as flappy as I am with all this stuff!

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    • Mrs Jones
      CommentAuthorMrs Jones
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Oct 19th 2015
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    I didn't really start planning until end of August and I am getting married in June, so have given myself about 10 months altogether.

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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Oct 19th 2015
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    We had been engaged for just over 2 years before we even began thinking about booking and planning our wedding... when we did the book the wedding even then we booked it 2 years in advance to allow ourselves to plan and pay for everything xx

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    • KerryBolderson2be
      CommentAuthorKerryBolderson2be
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Oct 19th 2015
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    Congratulations and welcome.. it took me 24hours to find my venue photographer piper everything but I had been up the full 24hrs x

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    • AmyL180
      CommentAuthorAmyL180
      Posted: Oct 19th 2015
     
    I think I will be just the same with worrying if things will go together! For now I think I will just need to get excited about saving for the big day! Thank you ladies!
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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Oct 20th 2015
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    Things always will fall into place and fit together x

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    • Elinor Claire
      CommentAuthorElinor Claire
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Oct 20th 2015
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    We had more than eighteen months, simply because we got engaged in October 2012, and knew that summer 2013 was already too busy with my parents moving house, so we opted for summer 2014. We did leave it until January to start things, and then only booked things that can get booked well in advance like the venue and photography. We left a lot until the summer before. It's perfectly possible to do it all in a few months, provided you don't have your heart set on a really popular venue. I would suggest working backwards, think of when would be an ideal time to get married and work from that. Congratulations on your engagement x

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    • AmyL180
      CommentAuthorAmyL180
      Posted: Oct 20th 2015
     
    Thank you. I think we're looking at Summer 2017 for something quite outdoorsy xx
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    • Emily17
      CommentAuthorEmily17
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Oct 20th 2015
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    Perfectly OK to book now. I booked our church in Jan for Oct 207

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    • StephH96
      CommentAuthorStephH96
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Oct 21st 2015
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    Hi Amy, you can plan for as long or short as you like, as long as you have the budget to cover what you want. We will have been engaged for 3 years by the time we are married, but only started organising properly in August this year, giving us 11 months to do everything. This is plenty of time as we are getting married abroad.

    I know of one couple that got a cancellation and were married in about 6 months of getting engaged, some on here are having 3/4 year engagements, so there's no hard and fast rule really.
 
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