Just got engagement! but clueless about how to plan a wedding

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
Member
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@bridesun:  Congrats!

Step 1: Set a budget

Step 2: Create a guest list

Step 3: Select a date (if you don’t have one already)

Step 4: Pick a venue – the most important and most expensive part!

The rest falls into place. 🙂 

Post # 5
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423 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Our church and then at The Garden Room for the reception

Congratulations and welcome to the planning stage. Smile May I recommend the book, Bridal Bargains? It has been helping me a lot lately. I would definitely select and book your venue first, after you decide on your date/budget/guestlist because some venues can fill up fast, especially if they are popular (up to a year or year and a half in advance sometimes). Happy Planning!

Post # 6
welliesMember
1425 posts
Bumble bee

Congrats and welcome! 🙂 I second WaltzDreams‘ recommendation of Bridal Bargains. I also enjoyed A Practical Wedding.

Post # 7
Member
434 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@bridesun:  I was in the same boat when I got engaged in October. As crazy as it may sound, the number 1 piece of advice I can give you is to hire a wedding planner. It will cost money in the beginning but in the long run it will SAVE you tons! Our planner has already saved us $4,000+ just by using preferred vendors and paying with check/cash. He also has kept the headaches at bay when it comes to budget and what things are supposed to cost.

Post # 8
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1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

@Daenaria727:  +1 Yes! those need to be your firt steps. 🙂

Don’t worry about details, just think about grand feel of things.
Decide on the size of your guest list and how formal you want your wedding or feel/theme.
Also, take comfort that your vendors will help you out a lot. For example, your dress consultant should be able to put you in dresses that will look good on you. But feel free to browse the internet to see images you like. Google works well 🙂 Also pinterest.
A weding planner is also a great idea if your get overwhelmed with the idea of wedding planning.
Another website that is good is mywedding.com.
Definately figure out your feel though. If you want a relaxed wedding, certain details will flow better with that, if you want a circus theme, you don’t want beach themed decore…
Also, feel free to bounce ideas of us bees. There a lot of creative wonderful ladies here. 🙂
We are like free wedding consultants. Ha
Welcome to the bee, and congratulations!

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