As they say, time really does make the heart grow fonder...we say this couldn't be more from the truth! Sometimes it's hard to know the in's and out's of planning your wedding while having a long-term engagement.
With so much time – what's to do first?! Today, we take all the guessing out of your long-term engagement planning process with tips on what to do when, while making sure your wedding date doesn't sneak up on you!
Pictured Above: The Melissa Dress
First things first...
CELEBRATE! There's no timeline when it comes to throwing your engagement party.
We always recommend celebrating as soon as you can to keep everything fresh! You'll be asked your proposal story more times than you can count, so you'll want to make sure it's fresh on your mind.
It's such an exciting time – so don't wait to celebrate your newly engaged love!
Book your day-of or must-have vendors first
Even if your wedding date isn't for another year (or more), we want to encourage you to book your day-of or must-have wedding vendors as soon as you can. These vendors are the ones that tend to fill up quickly, or can only take on one client per day.
These vendors are your:
If you've been dying to use a specific photographer on your wedding day, make sure you snatch her up as soon as you can! The quicker you can book these vendors in advance, the better off you'll be with having your dream wedding team.
Other vendors such as catering, cake artists, and invitation artists can take more than one bridal client per day, so they don't tend to fill up as quickly!
Spread out your bridal events
If you're having a longer engagement, you can afford to spread out your bridal events – compared to having them all in a short timeframe. This is also great for keeping your stress levels down and letting you truly experience each event as it comes!
A typical bride-to-be will have many bridal events throughout her engaged season including, but not limited to: engagement party, engagement photos, bridal showers, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, bridal brunch, newlywed brunch, and your honeymoon! It can all seem overwhelming at first, but spreading these events out really does help with the flow of your engaged season.
Finish out strong
The last six to nine months of your engagement will be your final stretch! Make sure you finish hiring your remaining vendors and get everything squared away during this time.
This will ensure that you aren't sweating at the last minute trying to find an available DJ to emcee your reception! If you feel like you need a few more helping hands to get the task done– don't be afraid to reach out to a friend or your wedding planner to help tie up the loose ends.