Post # 1
Ok so here it is. I am in the Army and currently deployed overseas. My FH and I are both over here together, so yes we are lucky but we have been engaged for nearly 2 years now. We will not be returning home until late August or early Sept. And have planned an outside wedding in southeast Missouri for Oct 27. This is the farthest we could push the wedding back and still have it outside. We are having it at my fathers house and are worried not only about cold weather but also rain. I am making DIY invitations while we are here and am almost done with them. We are rushing all things wedding adn need a few tips for when i get home so i dont go crazy with the wedding planing. We are having a rustic/vintage wedding with soft pale colors. Any advice is helpful. 🙂 thanks so much bee’s lets see if my first blg will help me at all.
Thanks sooo much,
Post # 3
i have our photographer and dj booked and we will have a reception tent put up at the site. other than that will plan and do everything in 2 months. any advice what to do first??
Post # 4
Do you know what you will be doing for food yet? Is it possible you could have family members start contacting caterers and sending you information?
How about an officiant? October is a super busy month.
Post # 5
future MIL said she would help with food. we are going to rent food warmers and have a buffet for guests to get what they want. and we actually got married on a small get away. but this is only known between the two of us (and now whoever reads this). we dont know what to do about an officiant. we arent real religous people. so we are kind of stuck there also. :S
Post # 6
Definitely get moving on the officiant. I am 10/26 and booked mine months ago and she said it’s a good thing because she was getting lots of inquiries. You can probably look online for someone! My fiance and I aren’t terribly religious either!
Post # 7
@kennedy88: You can hire a travelling officient if you look in the yellowpages! They are non-religious for the most part and can do a secular ceremony. I’ll italicize the DO NOW things…
I would also say you need:
-dress & accessories This can take 6+ months to order
-who will set up/take down things
-bridesmaid and groomsmen attire
-guest book or alternative
-cake or cupcakes or pie or whatnot
-florist A big part of your budget to figure out
-centrepieces for each table
-rentals for linens, plates, chairs, tables, cups, etc Very important
-late night snacks?
-transportation to and from the venue (ESPECIALLY if you are drinking) Also a budget killer
-permits and licencing if you need it (we needed a liquor licence and marriage licence, and also a fire permit if you have a bonfire or outdoor flame)
-favours, if you are doing them
Post # 8
@kennedy88: As far as the officiant goes you can have a non-religious ceremony. That’s what we are doing — our officiant actually works for our county and he only charges $50 for rehearsal and $50 for the wedding. So check into the county you’d be living in. That’s how it is in VA — not sure how it works in MO. But it’s worth looking into — and you can do it over the internet.
Our officiant sent us his ceremony program thing he goes by and told us we could omit stuff or add stuff (he just had to look it over before because he can’t say anything religious as he works for the county). If we wanted any religious readings we have to have friends or family do it.
We’ve had ours booked for a long time now. Sometimes officiants (at least in this area) want like $500 O_O…….so def shop around. If we hadn’t we would have had to pay $500 versus $100 total and I dunno if that $500 included a dang rehearsal. Pssh!
& thank you for serving our country
Post # 9
Thank you so much about the info on the officiants. I had no idea I’ll start researching today. Does anyone know if less than 2 months is asking a miracle to find and get my dress altered??
Thanks so much for your kind replies. helps more than you know!!