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I just got engaged but the wedding is in 3 years, what can I do at this time?

My fiance will be going on a two year mission for church so we aren't having the wedding for 3 years. However I want to start looking or gathering ideas but a lot of places require appointments and I'm not planning on buying invitations or a dress soon. So should I go look around or just wait for a closer date? And if I wait, is there anything I can do now?

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  1. Start in 2 years and six months. If you really want to get a head start, then start in 2 years. .
  2. Congratulations! I know how excited you must be!! While your wedding is very far off, I will tell you what I suggest for my clients. If your wedding is being held off for any reason but you just can't wait to see what's going on in the bridal world and figure out how you want to plan your special day, there are a few things you can get a head start in and will have an advantage by doing so! Specifically, if you have a unique date that you want to set and it absolutely can't be any other day in the month of june, you can look for the venue(s) for sure! Most venues need to be booked up to a year in advance but if you have a specific date, the sooner, the better. While your fiance is busy on a church mission, you can always visit venues and reserve them, assuming he trusts your opinion! Once you have this done, take some time to thoroughly enjoy the bridal magazine frenzy!! Browse magazines or the internet and cut or print pictures of things you like, possibly for your wedding. It doesnt have to be something that you are 100% sure about including in your day but if you like it, save it because you may decide it's perfect for you and not be able to stumble across it again when you really need it. Put all of these fantastic ideas together in a binder and if you're a more organized soul, label them in order of your absolute favorites.. This not only helps you keep track of things you like, it also helps you put a whole group of things together and see what type of designs you like (i.e. wicker chairs, white candles, yellow flowers, outdoor wedding venue, string lights= country chic wedding style) ... it will help you decide what type of decor you want and will need and will help you set a mood when explaining it to vendors and family/friends. If you need anymore help, contact Samantha's Wedding and Events at PlanBySamantha@gmail.com, consultation is free and i would love to help!
  3. First two things you need to do is search for and book a location, and second search for and book a photographer. The really good ones can book out for over two years ahead. I'm not engaged yet (later this year) and I've been wandering around bridal expos and have googled a heap of things. It's never too early to research and plan.
  4. three years is a long duration, so it would be better to start your planning around 1 or 1 and a half year before your actual marriage date.
  5. Congratulations on your engagement! This does give you a lot of time for wedding planning, which is a good thing! If you have set the actual date, that is perfect. When you talk to vendors and venues, you can tell them your date and let them know you are researching venues and vendors and are interested in learning about what they have to offer. If you really want to use a specific venue or vendor, ask them how far in advance they can book out. Then you can make notes and call them or email them when appropriate. Also, if you aren't sure of dress styles, colors, cake designs and so on...the internet is a powerful tool and you can do a lot of looking around online. Hopefully your husband to be will have internet access where he is going...you could send him pictures of things that you are researching to get his thoughts. Feel free to check out http://www.maine-wedding-ideas.com/wedding-planning.html for other helpful information for wedding planning. Best wishes!
  6. i wouldn't start planning until he gets back. a lot of guys change during their mission...
  7. Honestly? I don't consider you engaged until you start actively planning a wedding. And he'll be gone for two full years without you? I don't think it will last. Sorry to be negative, but you can't just live blindly thinking he will return as the same man. I would hold off making any plans until he returns.