Post # 1
Hello bees 🙂
I just got engaged on September 14th, and I’m over-the-moon delighted, of course… I just don’t know where to even begin with planning… can you give me some advice as to where to even start??
FI and I would like to have approximately 100-120 guests, a budget of 15-$20k, and a date sometime in late May to late June…
Also, some recommendations on wedding venues in LA would be appreciated… I was looking at the Vibiana in Downtown LA, but I’m dreading to see the prices.
Thank you, bees!
Post # 3
Start looking at venues! That’s definitelu a good place to start because it influences the rest of your wedding planning.
Post # 4
I second that! Definitely the venue, because if you get your heart set on a day, you might not be able to get a venue for that date. You can also start thinking of a theme/colour scheme for your wedding. When I got engaged, I went crazy for about 2 weeks looking at EVERYTHING (I think I stayed up until 2 am every night looking at the DIY section), now i’m just taking it one step at a time and trying to focus on one thing. I’ve been engaged for about a month and I’ve reserved the venue, picked our colour scheme and made a binder for all my planning. Have fun and congrats!
Post # 5
Agreed on venues. The other thing that I would suggest is starting to talk with your FI about what things are really important to you both so you can decide where you really want to be putting your money. AKA you love flowers, he cares a lot about the music, you both really think photography is important…etc.
Post # 6
yup, start with venues…that’s what we did, and it was the easiest and fastest thing to choose (for us anyways)…but then we knew what we wanted, and we have the same taste in that kind of thing….think about your “theme” or colour scheme as well…this can help in choosing the venue….
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Post # 8
I bought a book on Amazon for $20 (“The Wedding Planner and Organizer”) and it has been immensely helpful. It gives timelines of what needs done when, tips (like how to find a budget), and places to stick brochures/business cards for vendors you visit. I highly recommend it. It’s like a GPS for wedding planning.
(I’m not affiliated it with it in anyway– so don’t think I’m promoting it with bias 🙂 )
Post # 9
You bees are just fantastic- SO helpful…
Post # 10
@Ennie: I was looking at this book but wasn’t sure if I should get it… your advice helped me decide to buy it! woohoo!
Post # 11
Since you already have a good idea of budget and guest count. . . start thinking of WHEN you want to get married and WHERE.
http://www.theknot.com has a great resource for venues – you can narrow it down by price and area. It helped me find my venue!