You and your partner have always talked about getting married. Then one day you decide to hell with it, let’s just do it, let’s get engaged and get married. Congratulations! You’ve not set a date in stone yet, but know it will be in a couple of years time. But when to start wedding planning?

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How Long?

Giving yourself plenty of time is key in wedding planning. To make it as stress free as possible. You will need time to research and find your perfect venue. Find your ideal suppliers, that share your vision for your wedding day. Baring in mind that with some popular venues and suppliers being booked up to 18 months in advance, it is advisable to start booking and paying deposits for them as soon as possible.

You will need time also for invitations to be sent out and received back. In plenty of time for giving numbers and meal choices to your venue. If you are having any personalised or hand made items for the wedding, like shoes or jackets, that supplier will also have a timeframe. Or if you’re having a DIY wedding, you will need to give yourself plenty of time to create and make everything.

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Smaller Wedding?

Fear not, this is not to say it can’t be done in less time. Your options will just be a little more limited. For example you will have less dates and times to choose from to get married, with the registrar or celebrant and venue. Your suppliers like the caterers or florist you’ve always wanted to work with may be fully booked. You may have less choice when it comes to choosing wedding outfits, it may have to be off the peg.

But if your are a very laid back couple, can make decisions quickly and it’s a smaller wedding with smaller details and less fluff. You can still have your wedding planned in a much quicker timescale.

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Hiring in Help

If you were looking for a quick turn around for your wedding, hiring a wedding planner would be very beneficial to you. Having all the venues and suppliers all ready to hand saving you a lot of time. Knowing when and who to book/hire first, leaving you to relax throughout the wedding planning journey. Knowing exactly what you need to do, so you don’t need to learn or research as you go, taking up more of you time, when you can be getting on with the fun stuff, like giving notice and trying on outfits.

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To summarise you can start wedding planning and will pull it off with any timescale you give yourself. As long as you are open to the fact some suppliers and venues, that you may have had your eye on, may not be available. It will still be one of the best days of your lives. That you will look back on with fond memories.

Thanks for Reading

x Jodie x

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