Post # 1
FI and I have a rare weekend off together. He told me he’d like to work on wedding related stuff this weekend.
We’ve worked on the guest list, have our venue date, and registered! Pretty much everything else is up in the air. I got a bit overwhelmed this week (after we got confirmation from our venue), because that was my big wedding “to do”. And, now that it’s done, my head is spinning with what to tackle next. The nice thing is we are a year out – but we’d like to knock out as much planning as possible now.
Suggestions? Advice? What should we knock out/start on this weekend?
Start looking at invitations?
Start looking for DJs/music?
Start figuring out decor (flowers/lighting, etc)?
….ok, head is spinning again 🙂
Post # 3
I would say definitely find a Photographer! Those are a bit more difficult!
Venue checked, Reception place or place to get married? Joint? For us it was hard to get hte reception and the church to match! So that would be a big task if it’s not at the same place.
After Photography we did DJ/Music Caterer and found my dress .
I’m having a block right now, but those are important things to cover right away! Best of Luck and Congrats!
Post # 4
I agree. The photographer and DJ are the next big things. You’ll want to do as much research as possible so begin there. These are very important. The order I went in was: venue, DJ, photographer, officiant, videographer, dress, rings, florist, honeymoon. The girls dresses have been picked out, they just have to order them whenever and the invitations are not even a priority right now.
Post # 5
Photographer is so important you should definately start looking and meeting with people asap. You don’t want to get to the point where the good ones are booked when you need them or you are rushed to make a decision– then the DJ and the Caterer–
Basically what Ashco says!
Post # 6
Definitely photographer then DJ or band!
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Prioritize! What’s important to you? We tackled our photographer and caterer early on, since we really were very particular about both those elements of our wedding…and then continued to cross things off based on how we rated them in terms of importance!
Post # 8
Have you found both your ceremony venue and reception venue?
If not – tackle them both first!
Then I would vote for photographer and officiant!
Post # 9
Your majors should be done rather quickly b/c people book up fast: photographer, videographer (if you are using one), entertainment and florist. Since you are a year out I think you can wait until the 9 mos mark to start working on decor and invitations. I collected ideas until I had to get serious (ie. florist wanted details etc, time to buy invites).
Have you signed up on the knot? They have a really detailed check list that I used. Some of it didn’t apply to me and I adjusted it to my preferences but overall I found it useful.
Post # 10
We did catering after venue, then dress. I guess I should think about photographer, myself. lol
Post # 11
I would sasy you need tackle everything that requires a contract. Example: we have signed a contract with the bakery, even though I have no idea what I want my cake to look like. But they only have a few trucks and because my wedding is in June I wanted to make sure we had space on the truck. I’d wait on invites, etc.
Post # 12
Thanks guys – VERY helpful as always!!! The venue is the reception & ceremony together and that includes the caterer – so we are all set there. We have an officiant (we just need to ask him!)
Photographer and DJ have just moved to the top of my mental list. 🙂
I think a great task for FI and I this weekend would be to do a prioritization list – great idea bruchetta!
Post # 13
I would tackle photographer and caterer next…those are biggies and they get booked in advance. Just my own two cents though…
Post # 14
I would also recommend a wedding planning book (or website) that has your to-do list categorized by 1 yrs out, 9 months out, 6 months out, etc. I used theknot wedding planning book. It also helps you do your research and know what questions to ask, etc.
Post # 15
Get the Real Simple Weddings book/magzine. It’s been a lifesaver to me. But yeah, I would look at photographers next and DJs. I booked my photographer about 14-13 months out which was perfect. But I didn’t really start looking for a DJ until about 11-10 months out (just within the last month) and the available DJs started to get a whole lot slimmer, thus making me stress out about getting a good DJ.
I am surprised that you’ve registered already though, FI and I are just starting our first store this weekend (almost exactly 9 months out) and I worry it’s too early. I worry that some of the things we register for may not be there by the time of the shower or the wedding! I hope you don’t run into the same thing since you are still over a year out!
Consider yourself lucky that the FI is initiating the planning! It’ll make planning so much more of a collaberative effort.
Post # 16
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Start with what’s most important to you AND what’s most likely to be booked by others, early. 😉 I think the caterer should be a top priority if it’s not included with your venue. Other major vendors to look into early are your photographer and videographer. I have heard the officiant should be booked early, but the officiants we talked to all seemed to be very surprised by how early we contacted them. 😉
You can probably wait awhile on your invitations, unless you plan to DIY them (even then, you have time!).