(Closed) August 2012 bees – how organised are you?

posted 6 years ago in August 2012
Post # 3
5479 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hey!  I’m finally getting excited about August 🙂  We are having a 2 year engagement, so I’ve taken a few planning breaks.

So far we’ve booked:

ceremony/reception venue, caterer, photog, dj, cake

I have my dress, ordered my shoes, and still need to do alterations on my dress (I have my bra & unmentionables, but I am waiting on the shoes!)

Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses chosen, some have ordered their dresses, some have not

I designed an invitation on vistaprint, but have not ordered it yet.

We still need to purchase things for and make centerpieces, favors, and flower stuff.

We have asked a dear friend to be our officiant (get ordained online) but we may need to come up with a back-up plan since he’s having trouble finding a website to use that allows him to marry people in our state.

I’m getting excited about completing DIY projects and stuff, I have been just hanging around, waiting for so long that it kind of snuck up on me!

Post # 4
29 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

Wow Shaerena, just 3 weeks ago and you have alot done already. Awesome!

i got engaged in Aug last year and started planning right away… so had alot of things done by Dec 2011

Things that are done:

  • Ceremony/Reception venue booked
  • Cake booked paid for
  • Florist booked!
  • Bought: wish Jar/frames/birdcage/vases for memorial table, favors and for all my flowers , basket  for programs & welcome baskets for hotel guest.  soo yes all the details are done and drawn up as to where things should be placed & ect….
  • Caterer booked (still to finalize menu)
  • Hotel booked for out of town guest
  • Bride dress, veil, undergarments, jewelry .. bought
  • Bride’s shoes bought
  • Bridesmaid’s/jr maids/flowergirl dress bought
  • Photographer booked
  • Groom’s tux booked
  • Officiant booked and paid for
  • Save the Dates (sent via email)
  • ceremony/cocktail hour music and reception DJ booked
  • Honeymoon booked
  • Timeline for the day drawn up
  • Invitation design/wording done
  • Stamps purchased
  • Rehearsal dinner booked (still to finalize menu)
  • Bruch for out of town/family, day after wedding booked
  • programs drafted

Need to do:

  • Flowers (finalize details)
  • Cake (finalize details)
  • Invitations print and send, finalize programs
  • Favors (decided on just waiting few weeks before wedding to purchase)
  • Alteration on bride dresses (May      23rd)
  • Go over details/decorations/timeline with coordinator at ceremony/reception venue
  • Send vows/details to officiant
  • Buy grooms ring
  • Finalize music details
  • Buy dresses for the moms
  • Buy jr maids shoes
  • Ring bearer tux

I think that’s it… am I missing something?

Post # 5
29 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

oh forgot one thing.. getting marrige license next week May 15th

Post # 6
2786 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yaye August 2012!! I got engaged in Jnauary 2011 so I have a lot done. So far I have…

Things that are done:

  • Ceremony/Reception venue booked and paid for
  • Florist booked and deposit paid
  • Caterer booked
  • Hotel booked for out of town guest
  • Bride dress, veil, undergarments, jewelry bought-start alterations in July
  • Bride’s shoes bought
  • Bridesmaid’s dress bought and delivered to each girl-none of whom need alterations!
  • Bridemaid’s shoes bought
  • Photographer booked and deposit paid
  • List of important photos for photographer
  • Groom’s tux booked
  • Officiant booked and paid for
  • Ceremony/cocktail hour music and reception DJ booked and deposits paid
  • Ceremony music chosen
  • Honeymoon booked
  • Timeline for the day drawn up
  • Invitation done and put together-just need to address them
  • Rehearsal dinner booked and menu finalized
  • Hotels for bachelorette, night before, and night after all booked and paid for
  • Wedding rings for myself and Fiance bought and paid for (and sized!)
  • Favour boxes bought
  • Dress for my mom and shoes bought
  • “Thank you” and “Mr” and “Mrs” signs bought and paid for
  • Hair and makeup for eveyrone bookes-trials for me booked as well
  • Manis and pedis for bridal party booked
  • Decorator booked and deposit paid
  • Car booked and paid for
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts purchased

Need to do:

  • Flowers (finalize details)
  • Cake-trying to find a place to do gluten free has been a challenge
  • Address and send invites
  • DIY projects-tears of joy packets, ribbons tied onto bubbles, etc)
  • Venue insurance-need to finalize
  • Items to go IN favour boxes (trying to source a cheap option here)
  • Sign announcing we are donating money to charity in lieu of larger favours
  • Alteration on my dress(first appointment is July 13)
  • Go over details/decorations/timeline with vendors
  • Send vows/details to officiant
  • Finalize music details
  • Dress for FI’s mom

….wow when you write it out I haven’t been nearly as much of a slacker as I thought!

Post # 7
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yeah we have been engaged since February 2011 so I’m a big planner..  Doing pretty decent I think.

Things that are done:

  • Ceremony/Reception venue booked and deposit paid
  • Florist booked and deposit paid – flowers chosen
  • Caterer booked and had a tasting
  • Photographer booked and deposit paid
  • Videographer booked and deposit paid
  • Officiant booked and deposit paid
  • DJ booked and deposit made (for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception).
  • Favours decided (cookies) booked with deposit paid
  • Hair and makeup aritst booked and deposit paid
  • Decorator booked and deposit paid.
  • Cake baker booked and deposit paid. Cupcake and cake flavors picked out.
  • Limo booked and deposit paid
  • Honeymoon mostly booked, just need to do 2 hotel rooms and main flight since I am waiting on deals.
  • Timeline for the day drawn up roughly, still needs work
  • Invitation are finished being made with the design and wording. They are being delivered here soon. Completely paid.
  • My wedding ring is already picked out and here.
  • Picked out decorations for ceremony and reception already from rental company
  • Hotel booked for out of town guests
  • Bought Bride dress, veil and shoes
  • Bridesmaid’s dress bought and paid and here!
  • Groomsmen’s tux booked and picked out
  • Bought my wedding garter
  • Bought my guest book picture frame
  • Bought my table number frames from Ikea.. Need to spray paint them black
  • Sent Save the Dates last year
  • Made wedding website
  • Have hair inspiration photos/ideas to give my stylist
  • Had our engagement pictures done

Need to do:

  • Bridal jewlery and underwear
  • Wedding ring for Dear Fiance, need to go shopping and order!
  • Rehearsal dinner attendee list and dinner ideas
  • Finish one insert for invitation. Address and send invites
  • Book spa party with bridal party/moms.
  • Alteration on my dress(first appointment is the end of this month)
  • Go over details/decorations/timeline with vendors
  • Send vows/details to officiant
  • Finalize music details (ceremony and reception)..  This is tough for me.
  • Shop around for a dress for my mom and future mom in law
  • Buy Bridesmaid or Best Man and parent gifts.
  • Finish adding items to our gift registry
  • Pick out what card box we want to use
  • Decide on exactly what monogram cake topper I want
  • Give my Maid/Matron of Honor the guest list for the shower
  • Get marriage license
  • Looking up photography shot ideas
  • Book hair and makeup trial

Post # 8
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’ve got almost everything done:

  • Invitations arrived – half are addressed
  • Booked ceremony/reception at the hotel
  • Booked the officiant
  • Bought the wedding rings
  • Bought my dress – will be done on May 22nd!
  • Cake is ordered
  • Groom & guys will be measured for tuxes on June 2nd
  • Found a florist
  • Did the tasting for the reception dinner

Still need to finish:

  • Find a reasonably priced DJ
  • Finish addressing & mail invitations
  • Find a pair of comfortable shoes for the wedding dress (looking at Angela Nuran)
  • Pick a song for our first dance (we still can’t find the “perfect” one)
  • Buy a gift for my fiancé for the wedding day (what do you get the guy who’s got everything?)
  • Find a hair/make-up artist that can come to the hotel to do my hair/make-up on the wedding day.  Having a hard time finding someone to do this on a Friday!!!

The wedding is on Friday, August 10th…tick, tick, tick 😀

Post # 9
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We have all the major stuff done, except I think for chair rentals for the ceremony.   

Here is my to-do list 

~This weekend we are getting DIY’s done!

~finishing invites (pending arrival of my awesome blacklight pen)

~I need me some bridal undies!

~dress alterations of course

~get marriage licence

~pick ceremony readings and vows

~get Fiance fitted for suit


Post # 10
29 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

sopranokris  we have same wedding day!  we got our dj for pretty cheap.  it was 500 or 600, somthing like that.  it was a special for fridays!

Post # 11
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Well we are having a DIY “preception” (I made up that corny term lol). We are having our reception 8/3. We are leaving for our honeymoon and private wedding ceremony 8/19 and will be married 8/25 at the same place we’re having our honeymoon. (Scheduling error per the hall. The reception was supposed to be 8/17)


Things that are done:

  • Reception venue paid for
  • Card Box
  • Bride dress, undergarments, jewelry .. bought
  • Photographer booked
  • Save the Dates (sent via facebook)
  • Honeymoon/Ceremony site booked
  • Invitation design/wording done
  • Decor Bought
  • Cake baker booked and deposit paid.
  • My rings
  • Menu planned



Need to do:

  • Pay for cake
  • Pay for DJ
  • Buy Food
  • Buy tableware
  • Buy serving equipment
  • Invitations print and send (already addressed)
  • Alteration on bride dresses
  • Buy grooms ring
  • Buy grooms clothes
  • Book ceremony site photographer
  • Finish paying for Honeymoon/Wedding site
  • Bought my guest book picture frame
  • Need to buy material for our guest book quilt
  • Get marriage license
  • Looking up photography shot ideas

Post # 12
3 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

Getting close.. yayy!

Things checked off:

  • Venues booked (reception takes care of decorating, catering, DJ– which is awesome)
  • Chair rentals booked (ceremony on beach)
  • Sound equipment booked for ceremony
  • Officiant booked
  • Photographer booked
  • Cake tasting and cake booked
  • Dresses set (bride, Maid/Matron of Honor, BMs)
  • Suits set (groom, groomsmen)
  • Pinwheels done (decorating beach, escort cards)
  • Cake topper (highfiving bride/groom– love)
  • Guest book (wedding tree)
  • Shoes (sparkly blue sandals)
  • Food tasting for reception.. though can’t decide on the menu
  • Hair/nails booked
  • Invitations sent.. whew!
  • Rings bought
  • Honeymoon booked
  • Sand ceremony set and sand bought

Waiting to be checked:

  • Final payments for vendors
  • Alterations for dress (June 23)
  • Alerations for suit (mid June)
  • Get undergarments and jewelry
  • Flowers (DIY bouquets.. need to have a practice run soon!)
  • DIY boutonnieres (pinwheels)
  • Meet with officiant (July 1)
  • Hair trial (July 13)
  • Meet with photographer (July 16)
  • Make cardbox
  • Make programs (fans)
  • Finalize menu
  • Make seating chart
  • Finalize day-of timeline
  • Get marriage license
  • Guest favors

We’ve had to be good planners because we are getting married in Traverse City but live in the Lansing area. We will only be able to get up to TC 2 more weekends before the wedding…

Post # 13
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Since I’ll be returning to school full time in June, I’m trying to get everything done now so I don’t have to stress out about school AND a wedding at the same time.  Only 4 things left to do:

  1. Pick up dress from the tailor (tomorrow!)
  2. Have guys get measured for tuxes (appt. set for June 2nd)
  3. Get shoes for wedding dress (appt. set for May 29th)
  4. Get wedding license (3 weeks before wedding)

I can’t believe we’ve gotten everything else done…yay!  We’ve received about a 1/3rd of the respones from the invitations we sent out.  So far, only 2 aren’t coming, the rest were all yeses.  We’re still estimating about 35 to 50 people (we want a small wedding)

I can’t wait to get my dress from the tailor tomorrow!!!!

Post # 14
14 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

Got engaged May 18th of this year and have been planning for a month straight….I’m getting burned out,lol. So far accomplished

  • Hall rented


  • preacher found (personal friend of FI’s)


  • Ceremony venue located (outside park with gazebo)


  • bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses bought


  • guitarists for ceremony (personal friends)


  • silk flowers for bouquets and bouts bought (aunt is putting together)


  • invites sent


  • cake ordered


  • centerpiece supplies bought 


  • menu planned (buffet style, food made by family)


  • blue ties for groomsmen bought


  • photographer (FI’s sons girlfriend)


  • appt with hair stylist day of wedding

to do list

  • shoes for bridemaids


  • decorate wishing well


  • get silverwear, plates, ect


  • buy a few more decorations for hall

hmmm……feel like I’m forgetting something. lol

oh yeah….get marriage liscense!

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