Wedding planning is different for everyone, so it makes sense that there isn’t one set way to start planning. It seems like every wedding website has its own checklists, tips, and timelines, which just serves to make the beginning of wedding planning even more confusing and overwhelming.
As soon as we got engaged (in March 2012), the first thing we decided was roughly when the wedding would be. I knew I didn’t want to get married until after I graduated with my Masters, so that made Fall 2014 the earliest we could get married. I always wanted to get married in October because I love fall (and Monsieur P didn’t care either way), so we decided October 2014 would be the time. That left us with about 2½ years before the wedding. Since most wedding planning timelines are set up for about a year-long engagement, they were not that helpful to us.
Now, before I get ahead of myself, I’m just going to say that we shirked tradition and didn’t listen to a lot of timelines or wedding websites, because having a 2+ year engagement is unusual and we had to make things fit our situation, as everyone does. That said, we pulled some no-no’s and made some (minor) mistakes. Continue reading Wedding Planning 101: Where to Begin?