Post # 1
For all the September 2011 brides..
What have you checked off your wedding list so far? Being so far out, I am nervous to do much. I want to get the big things out of the way, but I am anxious to do more! So far, we have booked the church, reception hall, and photographer. I am hoping to get a DJ soon and start dress shopping within the next few months. I am a planner at heart, so not having much to do when I know such a big event is coming (eventually) is killing me!
Does anyone else hate sitting around not being able to do much planning yet?
Post # 3
Hi there! I’m a 9.10.11 bride. We are having a destination wedding in Vermont (we are both from California). So far, I have ordered my dress, we have picked a venue but we still need to pay the deposit. We have picked a cake and florist, but are still waiting to pay those deposits as well. We are planning on sitting down this weekend to get those checks out. Oh, and we also have our wedding planner. This was the first thing we did since we are having a destination wedding.
We have also designed our STD’s, since we want to send them out in September to give people LOTS of time to make travel arrangements.
Post # 4
Don’t be afriad to book things if you love them! This time last year I had all of the major vendors taken care of. There is no shame in booking early … sometimes you have to!
And take it from me, the time will fly by and you will be SO GLAD you got things done in advance!!
Post # 5
We found out venue this past weekend and are in the process of sending the deposit and signing the contract. With the venue comes the date, the rentals, and the caterer.
I think we’ve known who would be in the wedding party for awhile, but now we get to actually tell them (except for my maid of honor… I was the maid of honor in her wedding last Spring and told her a few months ago that I wanted her to be in mine).
I went dress shopping once with a friend who is also engaged, but with zero intention of buying. Now I’m going with my Mom and maid of honor, more seriously.
Next steps are photographer and save-the-dates. Like Leah, we’re doing a weddnig that will involve a lot of coast-to-coast travel, so we’ll probably send them later this summer. Once we get that done, though, we’re probably covered for awhile, since we don’t really want a lot of things (florist, cake, video, officiant). It will probably feel weird to have such a long engagement, but considering our venue was pretty booked over a year ahead, it’s 100% worth it.
ETA: I guess I should also update my weddingbee to reflect my ACTUAL wedding date and location! Put that in the “not done yet” list.
Post # 6
So far we have booked the venue (ceremony & reception), photographer and DOC. Save the Date’s are figured out and I’m going to order in a few weeks – its a destination wedding, so I want to send them out way early. I plan to start dress shopping when my mom comes to visit in September. I’m waiting to move on the other big things like florist, officiant, cupcakes – though we have been “taste testing” – until it gets closer. Right now, I’m researching and thinking over options for decor, lay out of reception site… I call it “marinating” haha I have to let things soak in before I’m ready to make a decision.
Post # 7
@LeahP: Oooo where in VT are you getting married? I am a 9.17.11 bride and I am getting married in VT too! We’re in NY so it’s not as much of a destination for us as it is for you!
Post # 8
Oops I forgot to answer the original question. I think I’ve found my dress but haven’t purchased it yet…going back for a second appt on Friday. We’re meeting with a photographer tomorrow. I’m checking out venues at the beginning of July. We’ve already designated our wedding party and had an engagement photo shoot.
Post # 10
September 3 here!
So far we’ve got the church and the reception (we have deep connections to both), and we’ve just booked the photographer.
I’m hoping to choose my dress, as well as book the caterer this summer, but besides that, we’ve got all the big stuff 🙂
Post # 11
@Ceamoste: We’re date twins!
I’ve booked the church, reception, caterer, photographer and ordered my dress. FI and I got all the big things out of the way. Slowly but surely i’ve started buying bridemaid gifts. I’m making them like a tote full of goodies! 🙂
I’m so excited!
Post # 12
I’ve decided on my theme – rustic, raw cotton,
Color palette – ivory, peach, light green, navy blue and brown
Bridal party, groomsmen
Paid the deposit for the venue, and thus picked a date (September 26, 2011)
Booked my florist and photographer
Next month, we’re (my girls and I) are going to start some of the DIY projects. There are A LOTTTTT of them. I’m excited to start that part 🙂
Post # 13
It’s so nice to hear what other September 2011 brides are up to. Sometimes I feel like I’m starting too early, but I’m such a planner that it’s hard not too. We picked our venue this past weekend and we are in the process of signing a contract for September 24th.
I am researching caterers now and hope to do some tastings in August. I’m also looking into DJs and photographers as well. There’s a photographer that I have my heart set on, so I should book her early! I’m very excited to go dress shopping and my Mom is going to come out in August to go with me.
Post # 14
9.10.11 Maine bride here – in Bar Harbor, which will be a trip for most people so we want to get things out early. We booked the venue (ceremony and reception), and the photographer, and have narrowed a list of cake/flower people to meet with when we’re there this fall. We also made a list of what we want to do with Maine-themed gift bags. that’s about it! now – dresses, wedding party stuff, and invitations.
Post # 15
@FutureSpice: We are getting married in Windsor (near Woodstock) at Juniper Hill Inn. It is absolutely beautiful! Where are you guys doing it?
Post # 16
We also have the venue (which also provides the food), photographer and wedding colors/theme. We have also asked our wedding party. I have started trying on dresses, but am not quite ready to commit to any of them yet. Plus, I have a couple more groups of friends that want to go dress shopping with me. Next step is the cake and officiant! It is nice to see that I am right on track with a lot of you!
@LeahP and FutureSpice – I am also getting married in Vermont on 9.24.2011! We are planning from DC. Our venue is the Hawk Inn and Mountain Resort in Plymouth VT (not too far from Woodstock). LeahP, I would love to know who you found for your cake and your florist! (Feel free to respond or PM me!)