Post # 1
I’ve been engaged since May 11th, and our wedding is September 30, 2012. I feel like we have most of the big plans figured out… venue for ceremony & reception, bridesmaids & groomsmens’ attire, cake, catering, photographer, all of those things in place. Right now we are trying to plan the ceremony and reception, and I am still waiting to hear back from guests that have been invited. I’m planning on working on some DIY projects to help cut costs, and help me add some personal touches to the wedding. My future hubs is currently in a military school until the end of August, so I am here trying to figure out a lot of these plans and I feel like I don’t know what to do next! I use a planning app on my phone, and I printed out a checklist from the Knot, but are there any other things I can use to help me make sure I cover everything? I know I don’t have tons of time, but we are still trying to pull off a nice wedding that won’t break the bank. Help me, bees!
Post # 3
I’m on a similar timeline, and I’m actually staying away from checklists because we are dispensing with some of the stuff the wedding industry wants you to think you “need” to have/do … are there any specific things you’re worried about? It sounds like you have things pretty well in hand.
Mostly, you just need to trust that when you get your family and friends together at the reception and give them good food and good music, people will have a good time and enjoy one another’s company. All you need to really do is get out of the way and let it happen!
Post # 4
Right now, I’m trying to figure out the DIY projects I want to tackle, and the decor.. I’ve also been working on the way I want the ceremony/reception to be planned, as in any readings, reception games, etc.. It just seems like a lot! The checklists stress me out, but I feel like I might forget something if I don’t use one! But it feels like the big issues are out of the way, now it’s all the little details..
Post # 5
Maybe the issue is that I don’t really know what to tackle next.. if that makes sense.. I feel like there are still plenty of things to do but don’t really know what to do next..
Post # 6
@roweboat: I’m on a similar timeline although very budget / diy so catering/drinks is basically however much we can put on the credit card in macros a couple of days prior. eek.
I’m now starting to tackle programs, alternative guestbook, music, putting together some photos to print and thinking about decorations. If you think of nything do let me know
Post # 7
I was on a similar timeline. I used theknot.com’s checklist – after editing it to delete stuff I wasn’t doing and all the repeat items. What helped me, though, was to run through the whole weekend of the wedding in my head, and try to catch anything that still needed to be a addressed. It’s tempting when you think though it to stop as soon as you get to something you need to do and just start obessing over that, but I took a friend’s advice to run through it, moment by moment, a few times, and just quickly jot down anything that stood out to me as not-yet-on-checklist, and only when I was done running through the whole thing did I start working on the things I’d caught.
Example of something I caught this way: realizing that the flowers had to be picked up right in the middle of a day-before party, and so I was able to arrange for my dad to go get them.