It's time to kick start your planning!
If your wedding is months away or even in late 2020, so you might be thinking "I've got plenty of time to plan." You would be correct in that you have time to plan, however, the more time you take (or procrastinate) will most likely lead to not-so-easy planning. I don't say this to sound negative, but I'm speaking from my experience with weddings. Those who plan early are the ones who get the places they desire for their ceremony and reception, and also get the photographer, DJ, etc. that they want for their wedding.
When you plan early and set aside time to plan, you will enjoy your engagement much more. Yes, your engagement is something to enjoy as it is your journey to your big day. Checking things off of your list early in your engagement will take away some stress and give you peace of mind knowing that your plans are happening and you're getting what you want for your wedding.
Now that the cooler fall months are here, this is the time of year when the volume of contacts from brides and grooms goes way up! It's an exciting time for wedding vendors, but it's also a time when dates for the next year book up quickly. If you've been thinking "I need to decide on a photographer, or find a DJ, look at venues, etc.", then I highly encourage you to check into all of them before someone else reserves the one(s) you want for your wedding.
I know life gets busy with work and everything else that consumes your time, but I recommend when you have or make time, contact the venues or vendors to see if they're available. It's easy for all of us to get on to social media when we have some free time and end up wasting our time. I've heard everything from couples who waited too long to reserve their venue and vendors. The venue they wanted was already booked. The photographer they wanted to capture their wedding day was already booked with another wedding. The DJ they saw at a wedding or simply heard good things about was already booked. You get the idea.
Your wedding is one of, if not, the biggest days of your life. This honestly goes without saying, but I bring it up because today could also be one of the other biggest days of your life if you are able to reserve what you want for your wedding before someone else does.
I recently had a future bride excitedly contact me about her wedding. She has seen me at several weddings and was set on me being her DJ and wanted to make sure I was the choice DJ for her wedding reception. Unfortunately, her wedding date is a day that I'm already booked on...and I literally just booked that date 5 days prior to her contacting me. Had she contacted me a week earlier, I would have been available and we would be talking wedding plans right now. However, I had to let her know I'm already booked. She replied that she is "heartbroken," yes, heartbroken that I won't be her DJ.
I share this story because these kinds of things happen with planning especially during late winter and early spring. This is the time of the year that many couples are reserving the venues and vendors they want at their weddings and a matter of a day or two might be too long to contact those vendors since someone else could be contacting them to book their dates while they are available.
I've had couples contact me a year or more away from their wedding and ask me "is it too early to book you?" No, the sooner you book anything for your wedding, the better! It's always great when couples book early. It's honestly a win-win situation. The couples know they have the things they want already reserved and the vendors know they have booked dates.
There is a saying that I really like and apply to my life is "do one thing today that you will thank yourself for tomorrow." 2019 will be wrapping up soon! So get your plans in action, contact venues and vendors, check a few more things off your list and enjoy your engagement.
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