How to Get Ahead of Your Wedding Planning: The 18 Month Checklist
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You found your forever person, and you’re going to get married! Yay! But…now what? Planning the wedding can seem daunting, but getting an early start is a great way to set yourself up for success. Although varying reports from the past three years place the average engagement length between thirteen and fifteen months, 75% of couples start planning the wedding before the official proposal! This makes sense because there are some wedding details that need to be planned about 18 months before the big day. We’re not kidding! While 18 months before your wedding might seem early, venues and vendors are often booked over a year in advance. Starting the planning process early creates a better, smoother, and less stressful planning experience.
Here at NOAH’S, we’ve helped thousands of couples tackle wedding planning from bent knee to home free, so we can definitely help. Since planning the perfect wedding is a lot to tackle on your own, we’ve carefully compiled a list of things you should check off 18 months before your wedding day.
Select Your Venue
At NOAH’S, our couples typically need to book 18 months in advance if they want to guarantee the venue for their desired date. Dates—Saturdays especially—fill up fast for venues, so selecting the best venue for you and your partner needs to happen early in the planning process.
There are a lot of receipts, booking agreements, schedules, and estimates to keep track of when you’re planning a wedding, so it’s important to have an organization method planned out well in advance. Wedding planning apps like Wedding Planner ! are great because you can have your checklist, schedule, and budget with you wherever you are. We also see the value in keeping hard copies of important documents. For that, we love this binder with options for long or short engagements and this one with a place to keep track of guests, vendors, and dates.
There’s a lot of important numbers that you need to define with your partner early on. How many guests? What’s your overall wedding budget? What percentage of that budget is designated for the venue, decor, attire, etc.? How much of that budget is coming from you and your partner as opposed to your parents or family members? How many tables will you need? Chairs? Defining these numbers affects many other planning decisions, so it’s vital that you establish them early.
Get a Feel for Your Wedding Style
Your wedding style should be perfectly you. We see a lot of different wedding styles beautifully highlighted at our NOAH’S locations: modern, whimsical, rustic, bohemian, romantic, and more! Browsing wedding magazines and the internet is a great way to get a feel for your wedding style. In fact, here on NOAH’S wedding blog, we feature a lot of different weddings in a variety of styles. Scroll through and discover what speaks to you!
If you want to throw an engagement party, start planning! Whether your already engaged or technically not quite, planning an engagement party can take time and energy, so starting now is a good idea. This party is a fun way to celebrate a big life event with your loved ones, and you can dodge the mess and stress by celebrating at a venue. In fact, test out your future wedding venue with your engagement party! We see newly engaged couples partying with loved ones all the time at NOAH’S. Word of caution, though, it’s uncool to invite people to the engagement party but not to the actual wedding, so try and keep the engagement party quiet until you’ve nailed down a guest list.
Crafting a beautiful wedding that is personal to you and your partner takes a lot of time, but starting 18 months before your wedding day is a great way to get on top of the planning game and make the process as smooth as possible. I remember my own wedding planning experience. Six months away from the big day, I was frantically searching the internet for things like “wedding event venue near me,” “vintage wedding cake,” “up-do or wavy locks” and praying that I would be able to get it all done. I now understand that by starting early, couples can avoid frenzied searching and enjoy the planning process.
If you’ve started the crafting your dream wedding and need the perfect venue to say, “I Do,” take a tour at NOAH’S Event Venue. We want your dream wedding to go off without a hitch, and our customizable and stunning space can surely help with that.