Congratulations on your engagement! Are people already asking you when the wedding is? It happens… everyone from your parents to your partner’s parents to the clerk at the grocery store sees the ring and asks, “When’s the big day?”
The answer often depends on budget, work schedules, and unforeseeable events – like pandemics – but the short version is usually, “Next year.”
How Long After an Engagement Should You Marry?
There is no real rule of thumb about when you should get married after you get engaged. Brides.com suggests that most weddings are a year or eighteen months after the engagement. That’s why so many engagements happen in the winter months, they said.
They also suggest you wait three weeks or a month after the engagement before you jump into planning a wedding.
Your wedding planning timeline will also vary according to other things going on in your life, such as waiting until a graduation or relocation. Wanting a wedding in a certain season – such as a Halloween or Christmas season wedding – may also affect your wedding planning timeline.
How Early Should You Start Wedding Planning?
The answer depends on your venue. Many popular venues, like the Skyline Princess, have certain popular dates snapped up a year in advance. So, the best recommendation is to give yourself time to enjoy and celebrate your engagement. Then pick a few dates and call your chosen venue.
Dates in the summer often book up first, but popular late spring and early fall dates may go fast as well. Some venues will not book more than a year in advance (and many will require a deposit just to book your date) so calling as soon as you know when you’d like to get married is important.
But even before you book the venue, it’s important to sit down with your partner and discuss the budget. If you are getting assistance from your parents (either set), be sure to include them in the budget discussions.
The Knot points out that almost everything in your wedding is determined by the budget. This is also a good time to discuss with your partner what your expectations for your wedding are. Some people dream of a perfect day surrounded by everyone they know… while others want something small and intimate.
Whether you want a party with hundreds or a ceremony with just the officiant and your witnesses, the Skyline Princess event crew can help you with everything that comes after choosing the venue. We’ll make your wedding planning checklist easy to finish.
Our professional event planners can direct you to the florist with the freshest flowers, the best caterer for dealing with dietary restrictions, and the DJ or band that plays exactly the music you want to hear.
How Long Does It Take to Plan a Wedding?
Without professional assistance, planning a wedding can be a lot of work and take all your free time for a year or more. Much of that time is spent researching vendors to try to guess which one will be best for the wedding you want.
When you work with the professional event planners at the Skyline Princess, your time investment shrinks. We know who has the best deals and where to look for the perfect team for your wedding. But you still might want to give yourself a year, just in case.
Let the Event Planners at Skyline Cruises Help You Plan Your Wedding
Planning a wedding is a long process and seriously stressful. Let the crew at Skyline Cruises help you make it easier. We’ll handle the venue and then work with you to make all the details come together to make your day magical. Call us today.