I wanted to get a thread going for 2019 brides - I'm sure there are lots of you out there...I can't be the only one to be planning this far in advance *blushing*
We've booked our venue and registrar! 24th August 2019
The unusual thing is....we're not 'officially' engaged - although some say you don't need a ring/proposal to be engaged. Our parents know and have been to view the venue. The only other people that know are 2 of our friends who are already married (we loved the band they had at their wedding but couldn't ask for their contact details without giving the game away!) and some of my OH's work colleagues, because he drunkenly let it slip at his work's Christmas party! tut tut haha
I know my OH has the ring and will be proposing at some point this year, but I've said I'm in no rush for the proposal because I want to lose a bit of weight before he 'pops the question' and I'm actually enjoying planning it in secret - it takes away a bit of the pressure of wedding planning I guess!
We'll book a few of the important things over the next couple of months, but then I'm hoping we can relax a bit after that and take things at a slower pace.
We met with a photographer at the weekend and instantly felt at ease with him and both love his work. I've looked at so many other photographers in the area but we kept coming back to him because he provides a second shooter and an assistant all day and stays 2 hours after the first dance to take pictures of the evening reception. We're just waiting on a contract from him and then we'll pay the deposit to get him booked.
I've been emailing the band our friends had at their wedding - they seem fab! They do 4.5 hours (3x 1hour sets and DJ in between) as well as providing all the lighting for the dancefloor area. I'm slightly nervous about booking the band so early, especially since they are only semi-professional - but they have played at our venue many times, have won a couple of awards and we loved them at our friends' wedding! We have a quote from them but its about £200 more than our friend's paid for them last year (and their wedding was further away so their travel costs would've been higher). Do you think I can haggle with a band?
I'd like to hear from other brides (or grooms!) planning a 2019 wedding!
Happy planning x