Post # 1
Our wedding is October 4th 2014 (or October 11th) we still do not have a venue or food picked out.
We are thinking about having a big reception with cheap non traditional wedding food at a non wedding venue with alcohol we are providing and 2 licensed bartenders tending bar.
Things that we have figured out and how much they are going to cost
Back up photographer – Free (friend of the family who enjoys taking pictures with his pro camera)
Beverages (including alcohol) – $1000 (plus an additional 700 from the family)
Bouquets and boutineers – $123 (making my own)
Flower (leaf) girl leaves – $12
I have a dress appointment set up for October 5 2013
What else should I have planned by now?
Post # 3
@Waitingbee57: Forgot to add the bartenders which are getting paid $100 each plus a 50 dollar tip and they are able to put tip jars out.
We are having a very untraditional wedding.
Post # 4
@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
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
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
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 # 8
@Daizy914: Thank you so much for your advice. I know I am slacking on the venue we are just so confused. We DO NOT want a wedding venue. Every wedding venue we have looked at has been extremely expensive I am talking thousands of dollars out of budget. I forgot to put on that list that we already have a DJ picked out and he will be doing it super cheap as well (unsure about the exact price. right now) we are most definitely getting married at a one location place as we are not religious.
@misschickpea: Now I really feel like im slacking.
@kes18: That makes me feel like I can breath again.
@ForeverBirds: We are not letting the venue set the stone for everything we can get married in my basement or backyard for all I care. I just want certain touches to be the way they are
We are really laid back people and just want to have a good wedding night together on a budget shared with the people we love and care for. Since both of our families are gargantuan and we couldnt think of leaving some out and letting some come we have decided to go the non tradition route. We are going to have good food catered in. But its not going to be fancy..We are literally thinking mostacolli (sp?) and italion beef, We have priced it out and found an awesome restraunt who would do 200 people for 1200 or less. I would love to have the wedding of my dreams but honestly its one night I cannot justify spending 15K or even 10K on one night. Some may agree and some may not.
Post # 9
@Waitingbee57: where are you located?
Post # 10
@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 # 11
@Daizy914: I am located in Mchenry IL. I am willing to get married up to an hour and a half away from me. So southern Wisconsin or Northern illinois.
@ForeverBirds: our guest list is giant. 220 people long. as for getting a lake house we talked about it but just didnt see it working for our big day.
Post # 12
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.