Did she just answer an enthusiastic “Yes!” to your marriage proposal? Did you just let him slip a 10K white gold diamond engagement ring on your finger? Congratulations, you have just gotten engaged! Now, what’s next? Well, it’s time to start planning the wedding! But, how far into the future should you plan your wedding? Believe it or not, the answer to this question depends on the venue that you choose, as well as all of the things that you want to do before your wedding (such as have a shower, bachelorette/bachelor party), and how grand you want your wedding to be. According to one article we found on The Washington Post’s website titled “When to start planning your wedding,” they suggested that you pick a day 12 to 14 months down the road from the day you got engaged. The article also provides a detailed breakdown of what couples should be doing throughout the duration of the 14 months before the wedding date—and it’s a lot! Other sources such as The Knot suggests that couples give themselves 9 to 11 months to plan their wedding, WeddingWire suggests 9 months, and Brides.com suggests 11 months. If you were to ask us at Northampton Valley Country Club, we would suggest that you take at least one year to plan your wedding. We also suggest longer if you need to acquire all of the funds. Is there a rule that says you cannot get married sooner than 9 months? There is no rule that says you should not get married just a couple months after you get engaged. However, if you want to have a wedding that is “spectacular” and includes all of your loved ones, having a “spur of the moment wedding” will be anything but just another milestone in your life. The fact of the matter is if you want to have everything planned and executed properly (down to the minutest detail), planning a wedding at least a year in advance is ideal. Most of our clients give themselves at least a year to plan their wedding. Why should you take as much time as you need to plan your wedding? Even though it might have been easy for you to find a venue (or you and your fiancé already knew where you wanted to get married before you “officially” got engaged) getting the date you want might be an obstacle. Chances are if you want to get married on a certain date in the next couple months, there is probably another couple who already booked that date at your preferred venue. But, if you are willing to choose a day 1-2 years out (that still has special meaning) you will have a better chance of acquiring that day. Aside from having a guaranteed wedding date, you will also have a lot of time to pick and choose the caterer, florist, DJ, photographer, as well as plan the shower and bachelorette/bachelor party with your family and friends. Needless to say, but your friends will not be too happy if you tell them that you’re getting married in a couple week and that they need to take off from work! Planning your wedding can be a lengthy, short, easy, or hard ordeal. It just depends on who you have to help you. If you want to work with a wedding planner that has experience planning weddings in as little as a couple months or three years out, call Northampton Valley Country Club!