Post # 1
So, I’m an eager bee. I was engaged in March and we had pretty much everything booked by the end of April. Our wedding is June 7, 2014…..
I was pumped to cross things off my list early. That meant I could focus on the other wedding stuff…(like sewing together 10,000 rose petals…omg, what was I thinking)…but now I’m running into problems.
– The beaitful hotel that I booked for the rehearsal night, wedding night and arranged a block of rooms for guests? The girl I arranged it through doesn’t work there anymore and apparently didn’t arrange anything that she said she did. This was only noticed when family tried to start booking room this week…..that is fixed now, thank goodness, but I had to do it twice!
-I booked our decorators assistant to be our day of coordinator. We had arranged most of what she would be doing…guess what. She found a different job and I now don’t have a day of coordinator.
-The ceremony venue we booked looks terrible now – so we booked a different venue.
-My Maid/Matron of Honor is a hair stylist at a great salon so we booked that salon for 10 people for hair and makeup. My Maid/Matron of Honor has switched careers and no longer works there. 2 of her old coworkers agreed to come to our hotel for hair and makeup after my Maid/Matron of Honor switched jobs…..well, 3 emails later and they have finally admitted that the salon won’t let them come do our hair and makeup on location any longer – so I need to find a new hair stylist.
It feels like I’m planning this wedding twice!! Any advice to keeping my sanity? Anyone else run into this?
Post # 3
@happyheidi1984: Some things like the venue, photographer, videographer etc need to be booked far in advance or else you run the risk of them not being avaialble. That being said there are other things that can or should wait.
If you booked a DOC see if they have a sample timeline for you to go by. My wedding planner provided a constantly updated month to month checklist of what to book and when to keep me on track while preventing me from getting carried away. If your DOC doesn’t have one see if you can track one down online or at a bookstore.
Post # 4
@Treejewel19: My DOC is no longer a DOC! LOL!! Oh so very ironic….
Post # 5
We booked most major items about 14 months before our wedding (venue for ceremony, reception venue, photographer, coordinator, DJ, catering). That being said, we made sure to get everything in writing (fully executed contracts). I didn’t want to leave anything to chance. I am obsessive about having all my emails and contracts so I am aware of everything agreed to. I am not saying you didn’t cover your baes but I am just sharing my experience.
I am sorry a few things are falling through for you but the great thing is you still have plenty of time. I don’t think it’s too early, who would guess these people would change careers? I think it’s just sad coincidence. Better now than close to the big day!
Post # 6
@happyheidi1984: Ha ha oops I just remembered that. Are you going to book another one? If not like I said book stores carry wedding planning guides that could be helpful. Even most wedding magazines have timelines.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Wow, oh no! My timeline was about the same as yours (engaged a year and a half in advance, got everything booked up really quickly) and I was quite happy to have done it, it sounds like just a bunch of unfortunate circumstances with people leaving their jobs :[ Don’t let it get you down, hopefully this will be the end of it. It will all work out in the end though and you will have a lovely wedding!!
Post # 8
I’m sorry some things are going not the way you’d hoped. I hope things get better soon!