Post # 1
Hi, I am new here and I was wanting to get help on planning my wedding! We live in Springdale, AR. (Not sure if thats bad to put where we live) I want it to happen in July! However I dont have a job but I will this upcoming week as I have an interview and my soon to be wife will have her job as a receptionist in May! I already have the ring of engagement that I want to get her! However we want to make this wedding very well planned out! We are hispanic, we are Christian, and wish to have an after party! However, I really need to know what to do in order to accomplish this! Of course the dress, suit, bridesmaids and groomsmen, and so much more! Any help I can get would be very appreciated! Thank You!
Post # 3
It’s very very plausible to plan a wedding in 6 months–I am doing mine in 4 :). What’s most important is figuring out how much you can spend and what date works for the both of you and your parents/close relatives. Not everyone will be happy but you have to try to bounce ideas around. Once you set up a budget, you need to start looking at venues, go through the Knot or WeddingWire or here, to look in your area based on what you can spend. The key is to prioritize what is important to get first and that was for me, photographer venue and dress. Now I set up projects every month to complete until the wedding day. Things are smooth thus far–you just need a vision and resourcefulness.
Post # 4
I agree with everything that was said. One step at a time – what can you afford, because if you can’t afford the fantasy there is no point in planning for it. The budget will be a huge determining factor. But your timeline is totally possible.
Post # 5
Step 1 – figure out your total budget. Starting life as newly weds with buckets of debt and arguements over money is not the best choice you can make. Know what you can afford and STICK TO IT.
Step 2 – figure out what is important to you and your wife to be. Pick three things or five things that are important and plan to spend most of your money on them. Write these down so that when you are slogging through planning and wanting to light your hair on fire over some small detail that niether ofyou care about, you can remind yourself to step back and remember your priorities. (Ours were making our guests feel special – really good food, a small guest list and an open bar.)
Step 3 – figure out the things that you have to do. What are the laws? How much does a license cost? How much will postage cost? Remember to factor those in. If you’re getting married in a church, do you have to pay a fee to the church or a donation to the officiant?
Then you can start figuring out the venues, the guest list and a dress. The venues may need to be booked far in advance, so starting quickly is good. You need to have an idea of the number of people you’re inviting in order to pick an appropriate venue (some venues have limits or minimums on the number of people.) Dresses can take several months to be made and get back to the salon.
Several websites have checklists that you can follow that divide things up by months or weeks ahead of the wedding, which can be helpful.