Post # 1
I just got engaged on Sunday, and my Fiance and I are thinking about June 3, 2012.
My question is – did any of you meet with a wedding planner, at least for an initial consultation to get you on track? I’m totally clueless and my friend is a wedding planner (in training) and told me about this.
Also, I guess you need to have an idea of your budget before you choose a venue? I’m thinking that those are the initial steps: budget, venue, and finding a rabbi.
Thanks month twins!
Post # 3
your budget should be the very first thing you do. that will determine the venue you can afford.
don’t meet with a planner until you have a budget and figure out your wedding priorites. you and fi should each come up with 2-3 must haves for your wedding – whether it’s food, photographer, music, dress, etc. make those your higher ticket items, and save on non-priorities.
Post # 4
@GretaCT: Ditto what kitzy said
Post # 5
I agree! Also, my Fiance and I are planning ours without a wedding planner. This is also because my mom is totally into the planning, so I have her to help out quite a bit.
I agree, you both should choose what’s really important to you, and go from there. For me, photography was one of the biggest things, followed by venue and dress. We have to use the venue’s caterer, so that’s why food didn’t rank up there. Luckily, their food is amazing, so it works out :-).
Post # 6
We did all of the initial decisions first: budget, decided on the size of wedding we wanted, picked a date, wrote out a general/approximate guest list. Then, we did the venue, photographer and dress.
You really need to know the budget and at least an approximate number of guests to pick out a venue.
Post # 7
Thanks! We’ve agreed on a date, June 3 2012, and are thinking about 80 guests. We have an idea of a budget, but need to firm it up in the next month and half or so.
Thinking about it, we probably won’t do a planner at first at least. I’m thinking that first we can book the venue (a big priority) and then I can do most of the planning during this July and August, when I’m on break from school (I’m a graduate student).