Planning…where to start, what to do?

posted 3 years ago in September 2014
Post # 4
1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@VanillaCoke:   Checkout The Knot or WeddingWire. Both have checklists, timelines, etc. and can be a great resource. I have also heard of bees using Marth Stuart and Real Simple (both have checklists). Find one that works best for your wedding and go for it.

Good luck planning.

Post # 5
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Hello, fellow September 2014 bride!

Lots of websites have checklists to keep you on track and give you a general idea of what needs to be done when – I know weddingwire has one. My BFF loaded a personalized one onto a spreadsheet for me, so I use that.

Here’s what I would do next if I were you

  • book that venue!
  • contact photographers/DJ/officiant to get prices and availability info
  • start researching caterers

Good luck!

Post # 6
2416 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I’m a planner by nature and I’ve planned a number of large scale events through work and volunteer roles I’ve held.  I love this stuff. 

We picked a season, then our date, then set a budget.  We did a quick run through the guest list to see what our #s looked like (we’d rather match the venue to the guest list than the guest list to the venue.)  We decided on an overall theme and feel to the wedding, what our must-haves were (ie: open bar, plated meal, one location and guest rooms on-site) and we went from there. 

I made a timeline for when I want things to be started and when things have to be completed.  And everything has a line item in the budget, with a maximum we’re willing to spend on each item and the wedding in total.  Bottom line, if its over-budget, something else has to give in order to have it.  I also took note of what I was willing (or wanted) to DIY and what I’m handing over to a pro.  I know where my strengths lie – organization and planning.  And my weaknesses?  Anything artistic.  I’d rather things not look they were done by a 5 year old with one hand tied behind their back.  Which is exactly what would happen if I did it! 

You can take a look at some of the wedding checklists that are available on line.  Some even come with timelines.  Just keep in mind you don’t need *everything* on the list.  There are lots of things we aren’t doing.  And extras we are.  It’s a general guideline to get you started.  I haven’t checked any out, so I can’t really help with actual links.  But they’re out there.

Post # 8
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@VanillaCoke:  I agree – try The Knot. I come here for the forums and DIY board. I go to The Knot for the more structured stuff and creating a favorites board. Happy planning and good luck on your surgery!

Post # 9
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

I definitely recommend using the Knot’s checklist – I found it super helpful when we were engaged!

Also – have you put together a guest list? that is more time-consuming than you might think, and you could start gathering addresses by emailing friends and family.

Have you hired a photographer yet? We spent a lot of time researching photographers by browsing through their blogs, and then emailing them back and forth to get their pricing and availability. If you haven’t started that yet, it might be a good project while you’re on bedrest!

Post # 11
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Something not so fun would be to sit and compile everyones mailing addresses. Even if you dont have a final invite list yet. But I also agree with PP’s- research photgraphers, music, menu/catering, florists, makeup/hair if you are doing that. Its never too early might as well take advantage! Feel better.

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