- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
Just wondering if you have any insight into this.
I got engaged in December, so there is a total of a year and a half to plan my wedding for August 2014. We’re now at the year mark (on Friday!) and I’m at a loss as to what things can be done now and what NEEDS to wait until closer to the date.
So far, I’ve got my vendors:
Photographer, DJ, Venue, Officiant, Caterer, Decorator, Photobooth, Hotel reservation
My to-do list still looks endless, including DIY projects (such as centrepieces and programs), so when can this stuff be done? A year in advance for programs seems a little early, no? When SHOULD they be done?
I guess I could do a rough draft and have it ready…
Some of the list:
Ensure wedding website is up and running correctly (When should I let people know about it?)
Figure out what jewelry I want for BMs and what accessories I want for me
Video speeches – who is going to do them? When does dad need the file by? How long are they going to be? How many words? Ask MOH if the group of friends would want to say something? Will anyone toast? Parents to speak live? FI and I to thank everyone (write speech!).
Gather pictures of friends and family – put on flash drive for dad. When does he need it by? FMIL to look for video and childhood pictures of FI. Explain to those wanting to say something that it needs to be X many words only and provided to me by USB key or CD for dad (May?)
Photography – what MUST HAVE pictures do we want, which creative ones?
When do we want the photographer for?
When will we do pictures and where? How long does it take?
Decide on processional
Figure out day-of timeline for groomsmen and bridesmaids – where will they be, who will be driving them to location, when will they need to be there? And getting ready in the morning…
What will cocktail hour look like? Is it possible to spend time at cocktail hour with guests? How would that work?
Who will be our bartender?
How will we introduce wedding party? Will we introduce? How to introduce FI and I as married couple?
Will we do a table game? With napkins, etc? Will there be a kissing game? Large dice?
What flowers do I REALLY want?
Create seating plan and seating chart (tape to window panes?)
Have FI make card box – get paint from work? Blue/white/silver
Do we need a signing table at the ceremony?
Figure out gifts for helpers/wedding party/parents/vendors
Write vows with FI – review notes we already made and pick themes
Gift for FI
Where am I and the BMs going to get ready?
Eye spy game
Ceremony seating sign
Direction sign to ceremony/reception
White board and markers for photobooth
Needless to say – this is only part of the list. My worry is that if I start things and change my mind 100 times then I’ll drive myself up the wall.
I’m starting a very tough position at work next week, a contract for a year, leading right up to the week before my wedding.
Our wedding date was to give us enough time to get as much done as possible beforehand.
Any advice as to how to get the nitty gritty done as early as possible? What HAS to wait?
Also – do you think rough copies of everything is a good place to start? Then readjust as things become more solid?
Thank you for reading!!!