Post # 1
Im in the very early stages of my planning but i find myself worrying that ill miss some important details if i dont get organized. I guess what im saying is that since ive never done this before, and I havent helped with a wedding before, I dont know what i need to do in order for the day to go smoothly. Ive got a timeline from a bridal magazine that covers the big things (photographer, cake, BM’s and dresses, ect), but is there an comprehensive list out there for a clueless person like me that can help make sure i buy/ plan everything i need to? I hope im making sense lol. I just dont want to get a month away from my wedding and realize that i never ordered/took care of details that i should have. : ) I need some experienced bee help!
Post # 3
The first thing you should do is figure out what things are most important to you (and your FI). Make a list of all the wedding components–food, cake, photography, music, etc. and rate them from 1-whatever number you come up with, 1 being the most important. Have your FI make one too, and compare lists. That will give you a good starting point for where your money should go (once you make a budget).
I think the basics are attire, flowers if you want them, cake, food, venue, photography, music, etc. Anything other than that is an extra, and you’ll probably add little things as you get further into planning.
Post # 4
First and main things are : church,reception place and dress, the rest will come after that. Decide color, theme or kind of place you want your wedding to be, can help you to pick reception place, dress, favors,decor, bm dresses, music, cake, decoration an invitations. If you need any help, I’m willing to help! Any time.
Post # 5
If you’re going to be DIY-ing any of your decor or details (guestbook, bouquets, accessories, signs, programs, etc.) take a moment now to calculate how much each project will cost and try to at least guestimate the amount of time required to complete them from start to finish.
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I actually found the checklist on http://www.theknot.com to be pretty comprehensive. And I also made a day-of-itinerary in excel which really helped. I kept everything in an excel spreadsheet – budget, vendor contact info, guest list, addresses, gifts/thank you status, etc… it was a huge help.
Post # 8
My suggestion is to keep looking for different timelines and then use the most comprehensive one. I also used WB a LOT to get feedback on what I might be missing. I kept freaking out, thinking there was something I was missing – but I think I was just overthinking everything and there really wasn’t anything I was missing (I think I felt this way up until the week before the wedding). I think if you are being this diligent in your planning, you’ll be OK! I used the checklist on the knot – I thought it was pretty thorough!
Post # 9
Here’s how I’m organizing mine:
First Tier aka Shit You Can’t Do Without
Reception location, if different
Second Tier, aka Shit You Can’t Do Without But There’s Plenty to Go Around So You Can Move a Little Slower
Third Tier, aka Shit You Want but Don’t Need
Post # 10
Really what I do is just keep checking back here. People talk about every tiny detail of their wedding and if I can’t find it on here then I don’t need it. If I do find it on here and I haven’t done it theen I need to start looking for it. It isn’t exactly a timeline but helps me make my own that works best for me.
Post # 11
@mishelleez: that thread was very helpful! Awesome!
i think ill check out the knot too to see what they have as far as lists go. So far ive only checked a few big things off and i wish i could check more off b/c it feels soo good just being able to know ive got a few things done. : )
Post # 12
If you sign up with wedding wire they also have a great checklist that lest you know when you should be planning each different part of the wedding. For some reason I prefer their site over theknot.
Post # 13
Im going to check that one out right now!
Post # 14
I am about half way through the process and I still am going kinda crazy thinking I missed something…