Post # 1
I have been engaged since 12/12 and I have everything below completed. I am concerned because I have been told by many that I MUST go to the Wedding Expo in town next weekend. I’ll go & I want to go, but I DO NOT want to stumble across something that is going to make or cause or put a damper on ANY decisions I have already confirmed……
Venue – Photographer – Florals – Hotels – Rehearsal Dinner – Dress – Make Up – Hair – Bridesmaid Dresses – Invitations – Save The Dates
I am hoping the Expo helps me with….Band, OOT gift bag ideas, linens, cool bridal party gifts…Everyone kept saying October was so popular and when I started so much of October was booked so I just ran with it….
Have I finished too much too soon?
Post # 3
I have heard that expos are hell on earth. i refuse to step foot in them. I honestly wouldnt bother especially because you have figured so much out already. once you decide on things dont keep looking. youll dissapoint yourself
Post # 4
I got a whole lot done early on and am really glad that I did. While planning seems a little boring right now, it’s nice to not have deadlines to meet and more decisions to make.
Our Bridal Extravaganza is HUGE which makes visiting every booth nearly impossible. I would say just focus on meeting vendors in the areas that you want help with- Band, Linens, etc. Spend your time looking into those things rather than questioning the decisions that you have already made and you will be fine.
Post # 5
I think it’s great you’re so ahead of the game! I used to feel like that too. Also, if you think about it, it gives you a chance to make more payments before the wedding, so you’re mostly paid off before instad of worrying bout it after = ) At least thats the way FI and I look at it!
Post # 6
I don’t think its too soon. But then again I’m a ‘planner’ by nature. I like the idea of planning everything well in advance. It gives you a cushion for handling the things that unexpectedly come up. But, a word of caution: I did a lot of stuff really soon and later into the engagement I kept finding things I like better, or were on sale. I think the expo will be benefitial though, even if its only for some free champagne and appetizers… which is why my Mother and I went to one a few months ago! Lol. However, try not to give any of your contact info because they will flood you with crap!
Post # 7
You girls are great! I don’t know if we say thank you enough to each other – THANK YOU. I feel so much calmer and relaxed by having read your above notes. I didn’t know they serve apps and wine!?!?!? Great idea – stay focused on exactly what I am hoping to find….
Post # 8
If you want to be flooded with crap I have a few suggestions:
-Consider setting up a separate email address for only wedding things.
-Bring address labels (you can even add your phone and email) so that you don’t have to write your information 5,000 times
-Have a yes bag and a no bag. You will probably take information from some people out of politeness. Put it in the no bag if you aren’t interested. This will give you less to go through later on.
Post # 9
@jackie-o…are you going to the expo in Seattle? Expect chaos. There is a TON of crap there, some useful, some not. We went last year right after we got engaged and were completely overwhelmed. I would definitely focus on the items you are looking for: band and linens. I don’t think it will help you with OOT gift bag ideas, I think WB is a better resource for those types of ideas. Band wise….they had a lot of chamber performers and stuff, from what I recall, but not sure about band-bands… but then again, we were more focused on potential venues and such. There is a ton of cake to try and some apps (definitely stop by Herban Feast’s table…yum) but I don’t recall there being any cocktails, which you will need when you are done there!
I think you are in GREAT shape with all you have accomplished. It will take a lot of stress out of planning.
Post # 10
@ Sadie – – haahaahaa I am laughing about the Herban Feast because that is our venue, Sodo Park, We are thrilled, haahaahaa – Yes we are going to that Seattle Expo next weekend!!!!!
Post # 11
We are also thinking about attending the Seattle Expo next weekend. Just for something to do; more than anything else. I already have vendors and a lot of DIY stuff done. I still need a caterer and possibly a cake, but most of the vendor part is already taken care of. I just have to get all of my DIY stuff done.