Post # 1
And it was so nice because it took me completely by surprise! The great thing is, based on what little we have discussed about getting married so far (thinking late summer 2014, probably mid to end August) we have a lot of time to get things sorted out.
I love planning so I know I will have a great time planning this, but man oh man, I definitely feel like I’ve just entered the start of a complicated and huge process! Based on our (mostly his) family, it’s going to be a ginormous wedding. (which is great). Now I will have to figure out where to start with all of this!
I’m browsing online wedding checklists with a month to month plan to get an idea of the things that need to come. Seems like booking the venue and planning the guest list are the two most important places to start.
This is so exciting! Any suggestions for me?! I am a fish out of water!
Post # 3
@Coopsie: congratulations!! so happy for you 🙂 since i’m the first of my close friends to get married, i have no idea what i’m doing either and it can feel quite overwhelming. i would suggest asking for tips and advice from people around you who have gone through this (my fiance and i have talked to a few of his friends about advice for the wedding planning etc.) and it really helps to get that perspective. which obviously you know since you are on this site! i would say budget, season, venue & guestlist are at the top of the list to begin with. good luck!
Post # 4
@Coopsie: Congrats!!!! haver you had an engagement party? and may we see the ring please we love ring Porn on the bee
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
Congratulations! Having a lot of time is a good thing, it means you can really relax and take your time to mull things over.
The first thing my FH and I did was start looking at venues, and narrowing down what we wanted within our price range. Touring the venues was really fun, and it helped us to frame some of our other ideas and move from there. 🙂
Post # 6
Congratulations on your engagement! 🙂
Wedding planning is fun!
The first thing we did was to check with our parents on the best dates.
Make sure you had a few dates in mind because when you look at the venues they would want these dates and if you really like a venue, you at least have a few dates to play with should other dates are not available.
Booking venue was the most important for us since everything else seemed dependant on it and those popular venues are booked way in advance (a year or more), esp during wedding season.
I found this online checklist is quite simple to follow.
Good luck on your planning! 🙂
Post # 7
you guys are awesome!! This is so helpful!
Post # 8
@Coopsie: We’re getting married in June of 14 and I’ve already booked our venue!
It depends on if you are getting married on a Saturday or not. Apparently Saturdays in June are the most popular days. 3 of the 5 venues we looked at were already booked for our day!
Start thinking about the guest list and maybe some color schemes!
Post # 9
@Coopsie: Hey there almost date twin. I got engaged in December. So far we have made a preliminary guest list (to get a rough count), booked our venue and ceremony and decided on a custom menu with our venue caterer. Next month I’m going to start looking at officiants and photographers.
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
The first thing on your list should be “Spend time with my fiance and enjoy being engaged!” I think folks forget that, but especially since you have an estimated date, just take some time to love each other during this new stage in life.
After that… start researching venues, catering, DJ/band and photographers, as it’s likely those will eat up most of your budget. After you’ve researched those, you’ll be able to determine your budget and go from there.
Post # 11
You are so right, Mrs. Gremmlin. I took him out to dinner and we are going to take our time with the process, and make sure that out of everything, we enjoy the time together first! I admit there is a rush to try and figure out everything (excited… haha) but I will never get these moments back with him again. Now he has the flu, poor guy.
Post # 12
Congrats! You have plenty of time, that’s great because you can focus on one thing at a time with out getting stressed!
And I agree the date, budget, venue, and guest list are going to be the first things to do. Everything else will depend on the “who-what-where-when.” It will go a lot smoother if you get those taken care of. Also for me when I found my venue it became a lot easier for me to make decisions because I could picture it finally.
Post # 13
@Coopsie: I’m a month and a half into planning a November wedding. The first few weeks were really crazy and it’s all we talked about, and now that I have the venue and the dress, I’ve just been enjoying and going to meetings for the other big stuff. You have a while so you don’t have to do this stuff yet, but I’ve found it to work best for me to have about three things on my to-do list that I’mactively working on at any given time so that when I get sick of one I can move on.
Start a pinterest if you don’t have one!
Post # 14
i am so happy for you and hope it all goes well. the checklist i used was on the knot. i love it because it has a countdown and it has a checklist based upon the months until your wedding! you can even assign dates to specificially remind you when things need to get done!
Post # 15
get your budget figured out first and foremost
Post # 16
Congrats, I think you and your FI should figure out a budget first, then a rough guestimate of your guest list, and then book a venue. That’s what we’ve done.