November 2017 bride here! I’ve been waiting for my fellow November 2017 bees to start buzzing (lol so bad I had to also) more on here.
I’ve had a lot of down time (became engaged after completing grad school while studying for licensing exams/beginning my summer break) and I also like to be prepared for anything WAY in advanced so we’ve got A LOT done. I’m also in the NYC area and I know a lot of things get booked in advance for all different events, PLUS everyone is $$$ and so I’ve taken time to try and find the more fairly priced vendors/etc. in as many things as we could. *Pauses for a deep breath*
Venue picked – in JUNE/JULY they had most weekends through the fall booked. Almost went with the last week of October but by the time I arranged for my parents to come with FI and I to check out the space, it was booked. Now we are “regular season” instead of “peak” which saved $1K.
Rabbi – Found through a recommendation from a Rabbi I met in another state after becoming engaged! I also found him through my own research and through recommendations on here. We are having an interfaith wedding and finding a Rabbi who would WANT to marry us and share our values of having everyone feel included and respected was very important.
DJ – Recommended from the venue, they have a list of recommended vendors and it was very helpful in narrowing down the thousands of options out there.
Photographer – One of the details my FI chose (and I agreed with) was having someone he knows fly out to shoot our wedding. He’s worked with her many times in the past and for the style/quality we want, combined with flying her out, she is WELL under the cost some photographers quoted us. And my FI will be comfortable with her, which is very important to me.
Videographer – Wasn’t really sure we wanted one, decided to just have a camera for the ceremony and then changed our minds. Found an awesome videographer, again, priced lower than a lot of NYC vendors. He made a funny comment that I was ahead of the game when I told him our wedding date. Yeah I don’t mess around!
Dress – Ordered in early October and eagerly awaiting its arrival.
Wedding Website – Completed, I made it in WIX
Save the Dates – Done, made in Vista Print (100 with envelopes for about $50ish with a new customer discount) We have family from around the US and friends who travel for work a lot and we want them to block the date off or start saving to travel to NYC.
Bridal Party – Picked, we each made boxes with some little treats and small things for each person. I’ve told my friends/family in my party that I’m letting them pick any dress they want that is within the berry/purple range, it should be semi formal, knee to ankle length. They’ve got lots of time to eye dresses and hopefully even get something on sale over the summer!
Things still left:
Caterer – Narrowed to 2, but we are pretty set on working with one of them. Waiting for them to get back to us after I wrote to ask some follow up questions, since they’re pretty busy with weddings now.
Florist – Have a few options, met with one, been planning a meeting with another who I’ve known about since living in the area for a few years. That’s next week, VERY EXCITED!!!
Those are the major things. PLEASE DO NOT THINK YOU ARE BEHIND BY LOOKING AT MY LIST. I KNOW I AM WELL AHEAD AND A BIT CUCKOO FOR COCOA PUFFS.