Once engaged, people will flock to say congratulations, Facebook will blow up, and there will be a few days of silence before the questions begin. Congratulations will soon come with a series of overwhelming questions. "When is the big day?" is a popular question, but a vague answer will suffice for now. Likewise, choosing wedding colors and centerpieces are not as important as making sure budgets are created and followed and that no one will be spending the last week before wedding buying forgotten tablecloths or extra candles. Last minute purchases are a guaranteed no deal purchase. Finding a deal early on and packing the storage room and closets with wedding items can end up saving hundreds on an overall wedding cost.
There will be times in a year that items go on sale and just because a wedding is more than a year away, if there a ring on a ringer it is a green light to begin planning and gathering. For example, at the end of each season stores like Michael's and Hobby Lobby, as well as many other stores with seasonal decorations have more than half off original prices in order to clear out the stock.
The week after Christmas will supply many winter related decor items for far less than if someone were to wait until October of the next year to purchase. These deals exist naturally, but there are other deals that happen spontaneously and it is better to arrive home with items and ideas too early than to pay full price for the sake of last-minute convenience.
Check websites like craigslist.org, and search for garage sales and estate sales in the area for home decor items that can double as potential wedding centerpieces or items. Finding a deal at a garage sale in September for a wedding the following June is reasonable and smart.
Even in the first week of being engaged, buy those surplus champagne flutes that are on sale or go ahead and snatch up the 48 glass vases from a friend's friend's friend who had her wedding last month. The deals will not always be there, so grab them when they are.