Am a slacking on the planning?

posted 3 years ago in October 2014
Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Waitingbee57:  Start looking into venues ASAP! That is the first thing that should be booked. I say this based on how quickly things get booked where I live.

Figure out if you are getting married at a church or if you are getting married in one location (venue)

Look into music early also. THe earlier you book, the better for you. Also, you might get a good deal now rather than later. Prices do go up

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would probably get on picking a venue. That was the first thing we did (2 year engagement). We booked it over 1.5 years in advance just because most places book fast here. I know now that our venue is booked solid until Spring 2015! 

I also booked my DOC and photographer immediately after the venue! You can’t really begin planning too much without the venue!

Post # 6
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8593 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I just picked out my food last week.  Ok, I hired the caterer in January but I literally just finished the menu today.

No you’re not slacking.  The only important thing you need early on is your venue and possibly your photographer and I would aim to book those about 12 months out.

Other than those…I booked most of my other vendors about 10 months out and I got my choice (meaning none were completely booked yet except a few DJs)

Post # 7
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1234 posts
Bumble bee

I would choose the venue first, because the venue sets the tone for everything else and will even affect how a caterer prepares it, depending on the facilities the venue has. Also there’s no point in renting chairs or linens or anything else because you don’t know if the venue might already have them. The venue might even determine your dress: for instance, if the ceremony is outside, you may decide against a big ball gown depending on the terrain.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

@Waitingbee57:   Depending on your guest list maybe check out HomeAway or VRBO and look into renting a house as a venue. Some owners allow events on their property. I see your location is set on Crystal Lake. I’m not familiar with that place, but on a lake it is probable that you can find several lake homes in your area on several acres. The bonus is it can double as a honeymoon place for you and your SO (at least on your first night if you decide to go somewhere else). Look for places with large yards, or rooms (some have fairly large sunrooms) and even if the page doesn’t say it allows events, there’s no harm in emailing the owner to ask!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We have the venue and our wedding party picked out.  The venue was first a and it is amazing.  I’m going looking at dresses this weekend.  I know thcaters servos taken care of but a photographer is killing my budget.  

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