Post # 1
Now what? We have a date set. 05/13/2016. so my question is do I pick a venue first? A church? Do I need a wedding planner or do I have enough time to plan this wedding? When should I start dress shopping? I have been engaged for a little over a month and have had no desire to take on this project. I am so lost!
Post # 2
You have lots of time right now. I recommend that you figure out your budget first before jumping into anything. Your budget will determine what venue you pick and other wedding services. You might want to be open to shifting your wedding date because you mind find your dream venue and learn that its already booked on your desired date or it’s just simply cheaper to get married on a different day.
You can also start assembling a wedding planning binder so that you have a place to keep all of your invoices and research.
I would do the dress shopping after you have decided what kind of venue you want just so you get a dress that fits with the environment.
Anyway, happy planning!
Post # 3
Etassy: Congrats on your engagement! Fortunately, you have plenty of time to plan so you have no need to worry! The first thing you should do is set a budget. From there, you can determine which venues will be in your budget. Venue (with food, drinks, etc.) typically compose 45-60% of someone’s overall budget. Look at venues and ceremony spaces (if they will be different) around the same time so you can coordinate the two and see what times are available.
Most shop for their dresses around a 10-14 months out, so you have plenty of time for that, too!
Post # 4
Thanks You ladies. We know our budget is between 30,000 to 40,000 with a max of 130 guest and we will be inviting 150. And everyone wants a black tie affair so that’s as far as we know. The budget does NOT include wedding bands or my wedding dress.
Also are wedding planners worth it? Or should I plan this. I do have plenty of time but I am also taking MCATS and will be applying to med school and graduating from undergrad all within the next two years. With that being said I am scared to take on too much. But I feel guilty possibly paying someone to do something I should be doing.
Post # 5
Etassy: I decided not to get a wedding planner just because I wanted to save money, but I also made myself crazy with trying to plan a wedding by myself. I got so stressed out and I ended up losing some weight. So I think it would be worth looking into getting a wedding planner, or at least consider a day of coordinator. I say interview a few wedding planners to see if you like what they do and then decide if you want to go with one or not.
Post # 6
the first things we did were set a budget, then figure out a guest list. after that, we figured out a date, then looked at venues. oh, and i bought my dress because it was a fantastic sale and i couldn’t pass it up.
Post # 7
sign up on one of the free wedding websites like the knot. It lets you put in your wedding data and then it will organize all the tasks that you need to do and when you need to do them. It’s been very helpful for me so far i picked theknot.com and they’ll een send me a magazine every once in a while in the mail 🙂