October brides – what planning absolutely should be done right now?

posted 3 years ago in October 2014
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@smilestorm:  I got married last october, and by this point we had our venue & photographer booked. I got my dress in february, I ordered our save the dates so I could send them in March, and we got bridesmaid dresses and florist in April. I think you’ll be fine to wait until May. When we were planning I was in my last semester of grad school, so I basically waited until May to do a lot. I wouldn’t wait too long to do groom & groomsman attire though, the process took us a lot longer than expected (difficulties with sizing for one of the guys), we didn’t officially have all the guys attire until September and we started in June!

I’d do some research while you wait, but as far as booking things I think you’ll be fine if you wait. 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@smilestorm:  Depending on your area and how quickly things book up, I’d defintiely try to get a venue, caterer, photographer and videographer booked ASAP. I know that the area I am getting married, you need to have all of those things booked basically 1 year out. We booked out venue last August (and now I see we are date twins, yay!) and there was only one Saturday left during October, and we just got lucky that it was the date we wanted. And a lot of videographers and photographers (at least the good ones) book up well in advance. I’ve also been finding that a LOT of the on-location hair/makeup people are booked for my date as well, to the point that I’ve had to rework my idea and we are now going to a salon rather than having the salon come to us. You may want to start dress shopping ASAP too, because many designers take 6-7 months to come in (ordered mine in October 2013, it won’t be in until April at the earliest). 

You defintiely have time to plan, but definitely don’t have time to procrastinate haha. Good luck and congrats on your imminent engagement!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@smilestorm:  Ooops sorry, misread your original post as that you were going to book your venue! My silly brain. Anyway, I think you are still in good shape. There are plenty of people who plan weddings in much less time. Flexibility will be your friend as time goes on, but I think you are still ok to find vendors that aren’t booked 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Aw man that’s a shame! Although I guess having a child is a good excuse. Photography can be very expensive, that’s for sure. And it really all depends on where you live. I’m guess that for those averages youre in a pretty similar location as where my wedding will be held. Not knowing your budget, I can tell you that there are other options if you’re willing to be flexible. The main one is students and new graduates. They may not have as much experience, but they (typically) have the drive and desire to make it in the business and will do wedding photography at a great rate.  You can check our the local universities art departments and even post on a lot of their Facebook pages looking for students who want to build their portfolio. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@smilestorm:  I have been so paranoid about this. We are looking at either October or late September, and I haven’t done anything yet! I’m so paranoid about getting a dress this early though because I’m trying to lose weight, and I’m pretty overweight, so just changing diet and exercise can cause a big weight loss at the beginning, so I’m worried about timing with my dress. Ugh.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@smilestorm:  I’d recommend chipping away at things! the Knot has a really awesome Timeline that pretty much touches every topic, and recommends completion dates, lets you add and remove-very interactive. 

I’m a 10/25/14 and we’ve got Venue, Photographer, Dress, Cake, DJ and Caterer all sorted out (some are included in the venue, so a little cheat :)). Tomorrow are Engagement Photos and Save the Dates out in April. Just try to chip away so you’re not stressing the few months before the wedding and messing up your skin from stress! I’ve even already started to get ahead at work so come October-my busy season- I can take off for my two week honeymoon and not stress!!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@smilestorm:  dress! Dress! Dress! My dress may take 5-6 months to come in per the shop. So you may want to make that a priority after proposal!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@smilestorm:  We won’t be hiring a professional, unfortunately. I do some hobby/amateur photography so I know a lot of people who do the same who have a bit more availability and will be able to help out. I will do all of the editing and such myself, so I really just need someone to point and shoot. AND *drum roll please?* WE MAY HAVE FOUND A VENUE!

I’m so freaking excited. We want to do a campground wedding, and we heard back from a campground in Bar Harbor, ME that can give us a tent site (like event tent not camping tent) for free when we reserve the cabins they have!!! And it’s a reasonable price for cabins and some of them are waterfront!!

I’M SO HAPPY!

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