Post # 1
I told my fiance that I wouldn’t be one of those guys who says ‘whatever you want honey’ because I am sure that can be stressful. So, I asked for some of the workload….however, I want to get some advice.
We are planning a beach wedding in Destin, FL and she has found a package she likes but they seem really over priced.
Has anyone ever planned one on their own? Meaning, found someone who rents chairs, maybe an archway, photographer, etc.
We don’t want or need anything extravagant. It is simple with just family members attending.
THOUGHTS? IDEAS? CONTACTS?
Post # 3
Yes, you can start a business of “interventions” for grooms (like mine) who aren’t involved and train them to be involved and helpful!
So, I asked for some of the workload….however, I want to get some advice.
I heart you! Asking to help! Seeking advice? I’m speechless.
Post # 4
You should talk to my FI!
– found the venue/ booked it
– found our photographer
– booked the DJ
– found the caterer
It is so awesome when the guy pitches in! It lets us focus on other things and not feel like we are leaving y’all out by making all of the decisions! Yay to you!
Post # 5
Hahahahaha, why yes, there are a few ladies here who have planned their own wedding.
Before booking anything, do your research. What would it be for you to rent all of those items seperately? Who is going to set them up and take them down? How will they get back to the rental companies? That’s why a “package” deal might actually be a good deal.
Photographers- there are MANY photographers out there. Again, do your research, find some pricing, set a budget. Do you want someone there to photograph all day? Prints included?
Read through the boards on this website, they’ll give you a good idea of the many elements involved in planning a wedding.
Good luck 🙂
Post # 6
Aw that’s so sweet of you! 🙂 If you want a small wedding on the beach- why not look into beach home rentals? You can probably rent one cheaply for just the weekend, and then you can have a caterer deliver food in disposable containers. You can definitely have an affordable/cheaper wedding if you are willing to do stuff yourself.
Something fun to do on the beach- a bonfire with marshmallows 🙂
Post # 7
@danicalifornia: That’s exactly what we are doing! We rented a beach house and we are doing everything ourselves with the exception of the food. We hired a caterer. We would like to do a bonfire on the beach and they are allowed in the county I live in on the beach. We are buying the beer/wine, renting tables and chairs, Fiance is making the canopy and I’m doing the centerpieces. It is a lot of work but I think it will turn out beautiful as long as the weather cooperates! 🙂
To the OP, We are getting married in Miramar Beach, FL which is right next to Destin! The beaches are so gorgeous here. I just wish my Fiance was more proactive like you! That’s awesome that you are doing the planning!
Post # 8
Well, isn’t she a lucky lady. From your post I get the feeling that you are just beginning the planning process. If you are having a small beach ceremony, I certainly think that it would be realistic to plan it yourself rather than having to have a package. If you haven’t already take a look at theknot.com which can help you find some local vendors. I do warn; however, that pretty much everything wedding related seems overpriced.
I suppose the main question in your planning would be where exactly on the beach would you be able to have it? You’ll probably have to contact the local county or city office and ask them about the rules of doing a ceremony on the public beach. You’ll have to think about the possibility of other people being on the beach and having to clean up the area ie. get rid of any trash, and having a back up in case of rain such as a tent.
Post # 9
I just wanted to say Kudos! My fiance has done EVERYTHING. booked everything researched everything, look on all those websites like the knot, martha stewart weddings etc. for “ideas” thats what ive been doing and then i tell him what Id like and he makes it happen!