Can we let you in on a little secret? You don't have to start planning your wedding the moment you get engaged. Trust us, you'll have enough to think about once you actually get down to business. But for now, it's all about being in the moment, sharing your news with loved ones and taking some shameless ring selfies. Here are 10 important wedding planning to-dos you CAN wait to get started on.
1. Choosing Your Wedding Party
Of course, they were probably some of the first people you called after the proposal, but pause before asking all your besties to be in your wedding party. Drama has a habit of popping up in the early stages of engagements, so wait for the initial, "Oh my goodness—you're engaged!" phase to die down before asking your pals to be a bridesmaid. A few weeks after your engagement, you'll have a better idea of who's excited to dive into wedding planning with you and who might have a better time at your wedding as a guest.
2. Buying Your Dress
Browse magazines, social media and galleries to your heart's content, but consider holding off before actually purchasing your wedding dress. After a few weeks of looking online and trying on dresses, your taste might change in a surprising way (same goes for your accessories). But don't sit on the decision for too long—you don't want to find yourself a month from the wedding date without a dress. We recommend buying your gown six to eight months before your wedding to leave enough time for shipping and fittings.
3. Picking Your First-Dance Song
Your first dance song—and all of your wedding music—is one of those details you can keep tweaking closer to your wedding day (especially if you're hiring a DJ). So there's no need to stress. Find tons of inspiration from classic first-dance songs or modern, wedding-worthy hits.
4. Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses
Your wedding party attire is one of the most impactful ways to carry out your overall wedding style. But, similarly to your wedding gown, it's likely your theme or colors will evolve during your planning process. Save bridesmaid dress shopping for when you've decided on a final look and feel for your wedding, and preferably do it after you've found your wedding dress.
5. Planning Your Honeymoon
Fewer couples than ever jet off on their honeymoons immediately following their wedding, so it's okay if you need more time to plan your trip carefully—even if that means waiting a few weeks after your wedding to go. If you do want to leave for your honeymoon the day after your wedding, book your honeymoon travel plans six to eight months in advance.
6. Buying Anything Edible
Your eyes might be feasting upon that perfect chocolate wedding flavor, but don’t you think of buying them just yet. Try putting off purchasing anything edible unless your wedding is at the very least, a month later. Purchasing them close enough to your wedding date, ensures the freshest goodies possible for your guests.
7. Planning Your Henna
One of the most essential parts of getting married is getting rowdy on your henna or bachelorette party. While the experience is very much anticipated, you shouldn’t need to worry about planning it right after getting engaged. Bachelorette parties are normally planned two –three months before your wedding. Early planning may be a thing, but when it comes to the bachelorette party and choosing your private DJ and Venue, it shouldn’t stress you out the moment you get engaged.
When you're ready to define your wedding vision, find your vendors and start planning, head to The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner, where you can take our fun Style Quiz, match with amazing pros, then easily plan your entire celebration, down to the morning-after brunch.