Post # 1
It is down to the last 100 (well 90-something) days before the wedding and there is still so. much. left. to. do!
To be fair, my fiance and I are planning it ourselves and decided on a 5 month engagement so really I got a lot done in the first two months but that doesnt take anything away from the fact that there are only 3 months left for everything else!!!!!
I still have to:
1. Find Hair
2. Find Makeup
3. Hire Lighting
4. Hire Church musicians
5. finish my invitations
6. find a veil
7. find a bridal shrug
8. find bridal undies
9. order tuxes
10. find flower girl dresses
11. plan rehearsal dinner
12. plan bachelorette party
13. plan a shower
14. Buy a million and one little things: card holder, bridesmaid gifts, scrapbooking supplies for the photo booth (helped lower cost), thank you notes, tea lights, etc etc etc
15. Finish registering, finish save the dates, finish planning in general
Does anyone have any good ideas of places to go in Chicago for these? Did I wait too long? Am I screwed? Am I going to walk down the aisle in my beautiful dress with my fiance in jeans because no more tuxes are available? You see where this is heading…..
How much did you stick to your timeline and is it possible to get all this done in the time that we have left?????????????????
Post # 3
Double posted – you have two of these open just FYI 🙂
Post # 4
Chicago bride here. These are my recommendations:
1. Hair- Robert Jeffrey in Lakeview or Andersonville if you are on the north side. Their people travel, or you can be hosted there.
2. See above.
3. No help there. Contact your venue to see if they can make recommendations.
4. Contact Northwestern, DePaul, or Loyola’s music department. If you have a higher budget, PM me and I’ll pass on the contact for a friend’s string quartet. She’s a pro musician though.
5. What do you need done?
6. David’s has a pretty big and affordable selection. But if you dont like David’s, check etsy.com or go in to any other bridal store.
7. See above.
8. Victoria Secret’s.
9. We bought suits instead. Much easier.
10. We got ours from sears online. They had an excellent selection of dresses. Any clothing retailer should have some selections. You can also try local children’s stores.
11. Where are you getting married at? You should do it somewhere near your venue.
12. Your MOH plans that.
13. DO NOT PLAN A SHOWER FOR YOURSELF. That’s a money grab.
14. Michael’s for pretty much all of that stuff. Or Etsy for unique gifts and art supplies.
15. You need to send your STD like now or they are pretty useless. Everything else, you just have to do unless you hire someone to do it for you.
You have time (maybe not for you STD because those should be sent 4-6 months in advance). Just do it. You can buy pretty much everything online in one go. But you do need to get your guys fitted for tuxes now if that’s where you’re going. Try Men’s Warehouse. It’s the David’s Bridal of tux rentals. They will always have stock.
Post # 5
@suburbian: thanks! got so antsy I got too excited with the send button!
Post # 6
Also, to clarify: not planning my own shower or bachelorette party but I ment more facilitating these by figuring out dates. I guess I don’t really have a lot of responsibility there but the fac that they are not planned yet makes me nervous
Post # 7
@HourThyme: I didn’t have my first shower until two months before my wedding. I had four altogether and the last one was a week before my wedding. I wouldn’t stress that part.
For the rest of it, take a day to go out and get all the rest of your attire you need. Take another day to go out and buy all the little odds and ends you need. We used The Knot checklist. Stuck to it pretty firmly but then there were a bunch of things not checked off about two weeks before the wedding. It’ll all be taken care of, don’t worry. Things work out!! 🙂