Post # 1
BEES I NEED YOUR HELP! My boyfriend has picked out my ring and is in the process of paying it off. When he said that, I thought a proposal and wedding planning were coming soon, but not as soon as June! He hasn’t proposed yet but we already looked at a venue and want to lock it down for June already, that’s 3 months from now!!!
We have a limited budget and I honestly don’t know where to start! this is where I need your help!
Anyone else has been in this situation? any timeframe of what to get and buy? invitations-when to send? dress? food? aaahhh!
(is this the correct board to post this?)
Post # 2
It seems like everything needs to be done NOW!
Post # 3
We did this too and pulled off a wedding for 225 people in 3 months. It’s definitely doable, you just need to be able to make decisions quickly and have a good idea of what you want.
We got engaged in April, but didn’t start planning until mid-May because I was finishing my degree and didn’t have time for both senior finals and wedding planning! We started by picking a date (Aug 11) and letting family and the more important friends we wanted there know as soon as possible via phone. There wasn’t time for actual save the dates. Invites went out beginning of June with an RSVP date of mid-July. Invited 250, 225 actually attended.
We locked down our reception hall and church immediately after picking a date and picked our colors. BM’s chose a dress from David’s Bridal online, and I bought a sample dress. Guys all rented tuxes from Men’s Wearhouse because all of the colors would match between DB and MW.
Our ceremony was super simple but we packed a lot of meaning into everything in it at the same time. Everything was as DIY as possible, as we only had a $5K budget. Flowers were bought from Sams Club and arranged ourselves. Dinner was a pasta bar with lots of options (everyone LOVED it!), dessert was our cake and popsicles (my husband’s favorite). In lieu of favors at the tables, we did a trail mix bar (I love hiking) and everyone could create their own (another huge hit).
We wound up having to change the reception location day before because of a flood, but in the end, the new location worked out even better than I could imagine. It wasn’t a perfect day, but it was one of the best days of my life! Feel free to PM if you need some help!
Post # 4
I don’t know anything but the dress part–you can go to David’s Bridal no problem. I went to the nice bridal botiques saying I needed a dress immediately and this wasn’t a problem for them either. Like hogoboom2012 said, you can do samples (which also saves money). So, the dress part is not a problem.
Post # 5
EVERYTHING needs to be done NOW. I would start with the dress. At this point you are probably going to need to buy off the rack. Maybe see if there is a good sample store in your area? Bridesmaids are going to need dresses right away as well. Either buy a department store dress online or order something from David’s Bridal. Invitations should be sent out in the next 6 weeks ideally. We just got some with a coupon at a craft store and made them ourselves, but Vista Print is also a fairly inexpensive option (and they have coupons out all the time too). It saved a ton of money. I’d grab a cateror too ASAP. June is a popular month, and you are asking timelines of things that most wedding books probably say 6 months in advanced or more, so really it should be now.
Post # 6
If you’re on a budget, lay it out for EVERYTHING and make sure it is realistic for June. Look it all up, rings, tux, dress, flowers, dj/dancing, cake, officiant fee, hair/makeup, etc. You’d be sending out invites in late April at the latest. You need time for dress alterations and it’s close to prom season, so I agree, you need to get that first. Good luck!
Post # 7
thank you so much for replying bees! I apologize I am now barely replying, I’m also in my last semester before I graduate so it has been chaotic here!
You have no idea how much I really appreciate the input!
orchidblooms: thanks for the heads up on the invites, I was wondering when it’d be an appropriate time to send them, definitely no save the dates!
mgbser: I am also thinking of making the invitations myself, may I ask what you used? I’m thinking a glitter paper as a background and sending out to print cutouts of the wording part and glueing it in the middle. Ah the dress, I’ve been looking online and want to start going to try some in the next 2 weeks.
Post # 8
mtom: may I ask where’d you get your dress from? alterations? I’m short and I know my dress would more than likely have to be altered.
BriteCrayon: now is the answer, yes! we decided on colors, venue, ceremony time, estimated guest count( still working on the list!) drinks, and still deciding on the food, ahh!
hogoboom2012: you sound just like the situation I am in right now!!! I am also finishing up my degree, graduating in May, applying at jobs it’s unbelievably crazy! we’re actually looking at 200 people right now, close to your guest count! I want to do all the flower arrangements and buy them off a store rather than a florist too, so similar!<br />How much was your dress? food?
also, our budget is also 5k! venue will be 2500, so there’s 2500 left for everything else not including rings ( so over 5k) His family might be pitching in with some stuff so we might go over budget but I do not want it to be as much.
Post # 9
cherriesandcream: I used wilton kits. You can buy them at pretty much any craft store.
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
I would do STDs via email asap. That of course means finalizing your guest list straight away and getting emails as fast as you can. My STD was super simple– I think I did it in 10 minutes.