Post # 1
My boyfriend of almost 4 years proposed to be right after midnight on January 1, 2011!! We are getting married on August 6, 2011. 8/6 is my late grandmother’s birthday, and it falls on a saturday. Perfect!
Would LOVE advice on everything! But my first question: Do you think I, with the help of my mom and his mom, can plan a wedding in 7 months?? Are there any books I can buy, and/or good magazines? I really don’t want to hire a planner, to save money and do it our selves, but we really need some help and advice on what to do and how to coordinate, where to buy like wedding stationary, cakes, all of that!! I am securing a church and minister this week, that is goal number 1. What else?!?! I need a checklist or something handy like that. Again, any books out there that I should buy? Popular magazines? A planning book instead of a human planner, LOL? Anything would be wonderfully helpful.
Post # 3
I sure hope it’s possible to do in 7 months because I’m also hoping to get married on August 6, 2011 (which is 2 years from the day we started dating), and if he doesn’t propose soon I’m gonna be in trouble.
Post # 4
First off..congratulations, secondly….welcome to WB!! You can do anything if you work hard at it, there shouldn’t be any problems planning a wedding in 7 months. Just first make sure you have the place that you are going to have the ceremony and reception set up first and then go from there. And you will get plenty of help and advice right here on the WB!!
Post # 5
First off, yes! You can most definitely plan a wedding in 7 months.
There are lots of good books and magazines out there for inspiration. But don’t forget there is a TON of information, for free, online.
I purchased one book “The Knot Book of Wedding Lists” that is full of timelines, checklists, and questions to ask each of your vendors. It has been really helpful to me.
The three biggest things that need to get one first are date, guest list, and budget. Is sounds like you have the first one done, do you have a budget set? Once you do that, it will be alot easier to figure out which vendors you can go with. Do you know how many guests you are going to have? That will be one of the first quesions that vendors will ask you.
There are lots of checklists and online tools. The knot.com is a good place to start. And everyone here is really helpful if you have specific question as you go onward with planning.
Post # 6
Congratulations! You must be in awe still! 🙂 I am sure it’s very possible to plan a wedding in 7 months. I wish you good luck. Keep us updated! 😀
Post # 7
Congratulations!! You can most definitely plan a wedding in 7 months! My soon to be SIL and BIL planned theirs in 3 and it was absolutely beautiful!
Post # 8
I agree with the others- I think 7 months is enough time.
The only book that I’ve bought so far has been The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big Day by Mindy Weiss. It covers a lot of the logistics and I’ve found it to be pretty helpful since I wasn’t exactly sure where to start either.
Post # 9
Congrats! It’s possible, but you’ve got to get moving now and secure a venue and photographer. You likely won’t have your first choice of either, since you picked a Saturday in one of the busiest wedding months. But, get moving on it, or your choices will just get more and more limited. Venue and photog are by far the most time-sensitive, so do those first.
Post # 10
You absolutely can! As someone who is 6 months out now, I can honestly say that I have a LOT left to do, because the first year of our engagement there wasn’t much to do!
Prior to the where we are now:
- We set our venues and put down deposits
- I found my dress
- I’m almost done with bridesmaids (we’re doing same color/fabric/length, they choose the style)
- We have our officiant (FI’s cousin, who was basically a sister growing up, is married to a minister)
- We have a plan for music. It will be done via iTunes (FI DJed a wedding for some friends this way before, and he helped them plan the music, and everybody loved it… so I know it can be done!)
I still need to:
- Pick out suits
- Decide on a cake
- Set menu for catering
- Price bartenders
- Finish paying for my dress/get alterations
- Pick out accessories
- Plan out our invitations/make invitations (We’re planning to DIY these)
- Do a registry
- Finish my DIY decorations (the biggest challenge currently)
- Order a test run of the wholesale flowers (I’m going to DIY these as well)
- Order all flowers to be arranged the day before the wedding
Um…. probably missing some things in there that need to be done!
But, my point is, there are going to be lots of things that don’t get done until the last six months even with a long planning period. Lots of places don’t really want to plan much with you until six months out (our caterer did this to us when we contacted them forever ago).
As long as you don’t have your heart set on a really exclusive venue that gets booked a year in advance, you really shouldn’t have a problem 🙂
Post # 11
Congratulations!! We are an August 6th couple too!
Go to Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com. I highly reccomend buying a wedding planner. I LOVE Martha Stewart weddings for magazines.
Since you do not have a planner, familiarize yourself with these blogs. They have all helped me immensely in creating my wedding. I Chose not to have a planner, but I do plan on hiring a day of wedding coordinator. The first thing we did was book venue, since Tahoe tends to book out 1 year in advance, then our officiant and caterer came next. Last week I booked our rental company (Chairs, tables, etc.) and our photographer. Talk to your friends. Word of mouth recommendations are really helpful!
Post # 12
Congrats and good luck! August 6th is my wedding date too! How is your planning going?
Post # 13
Our wedding planning is going great so far. We have several things booked, such as the ceremony venue, reception venue, caterer, dj service, photographers, and I think that’s about it so far. We have our honey moon booked to, we’re going to sandals montego bay, jamaica. I highly recommend attending a bridal expo if you are near the vicinity of one being held, we found our dj service there, our honeymoon travel agent and the photography service. i have my dress already, and my brides maid dresses, and the guys have been fitted for tuxes.
we chose august 6 b/c it is my late grandma’s birthday. =)
Post # 14
Congrats! Whatever you do… try not to stress! My FI and were engaged late June 2010. I am a teacher, and he is currently in dental school, so we had hoped to plan a lot of our wedding before we both went back to “school” in September… needless to say that didn’t happen. The most we had completed (up until two weeks ago) was securing the date with the church, venue, and photographer. I found my dress and bridesmaid dresses in January. We just began to plan again and had a bit more difficulty finding the dj and cake, but it IS possible to plan for your big day this late in the game! Good luck!