Post # 1
With 261 days left to go, I’m trying to go over my checklist and see what needs to be taken care of soon and what can wait. Plus, it helps me feel like I’ve actually accomplished something when I see it written down.
So far, I’ve gotten:
- Booked the venue.
- Bought the dress
- FH and I have our wedding bands
- Put the deposit down on flowers.
- Finished the invitations.
- Addressed and stamped the envelops for the RSVP cards
- Started on a registry
- Ordered out cake topper
- Made an appointment with the bakery.
- Made an appointment for alterations.
- Got my shoes
I still have to:
- Book the photographer. This has been the worst bit by far. Everyone with a camera seems to think they need to shoot my wedding. My stepdad is friends with the photographer I want, so he’s supposed to help me see if we can get a bit of a discount.
- Book the officiant. Technically, we don’t have to officially book anyone since my aunt has offered to do it but I still haven’t had a chance to sit down with her to discuss details and finalize the dates.
- Address the invitations. It’s much more stressful than I thought to get everyone’s address. Most people are taking their dear sweet time getting back to me and two people aren’t telling me anything because they might be moving between now and the wedding. I’m not terribly stressed out about this just yet, but I was hoping to have all of my addresses by now.
- Pick a song to walk down the aisle to and choose our wedding music. FH and I have VERY different tastes in music and finding good wedding songs has been a pain in the ass.
- Figure out what we’re doing about FH’s suit. FH only owns one suit, and it’s a black wool suit, so not good for a March wedding in Alabama. Plus, I have always envisioned the guys in grey. I’m not worried about this yet either. Every checklist I’ve looked at says this isn’t a big deal yet.
- DIY crafts. I’m cheap. I am not a very crafty person though, so this has been my area of procrastination. I wanted to make paper flowers for my centerpieces instead of using real ones (because flowers are expensive ya’ll!) and I have yet to even attempt more than one bouquet. Maybe it’s because I have an issue tearing pages out of books, even if they are crappy novels from Goodwill.
- Finalize the menu. I’m already pretty sure we know what we’re having, but seeing as we’re getting married two hours away from where we live, we haven’t quite had the time to finalize it or put down the deposit for the food. It’s one of the things that’s at the top of my to do list.
- Find a hair/make up artist. I have people in mind, but it just seems like it’s a little too soon to do all of that yet. I’m from a small town and plan to use people in that small town, so it’s not like I have to rush.
- Honeymoon stuff.
Any other March brides care to share their lists?
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room
So far I’ve:
- Booked and put the deposit on my venue
- Put the deposit (50%) on my dress
- Bought my shoes and jewelry
- Bought paper for my flowers and decor
- Booked the photographer
- Put deposit down on caterer
- Figured out what I want my bridesmaids to wear
- Figured out SOME logistics for the wedding
- Picked out FI’s wedding ring
- Sat down and made a guest list first draft with groom
My “in progress” things:
- Meeting with potential DJ this Sunday… so hopefully “booked DJ” will be checked off soon
- Still haven’t booked a date for engagement photos but have the photographer for them
- Got the groom and groomsmen attire somewhat figured out
What I completely haven’t got started on yet:
- Need to pick the officiant
- Need to pick colors (officially)… which directly affects linens, decor, etc
- Still have like a million things to pick out… buy… decide on for the decor
- Design invitations
- Get addresses for Save the Dates
- and then design and send Save the Dates…
- Music… of any kind for anything in the wedding
- Assigned seating arrangements
I’m sure I’ve forgotten something (or quite a few somethings) somewhere in there… but that’s the basic idea. 9 months to go!
Post # 4
So far I’ve:
- Booked and put two deposits down on our venue
- Bought my dress and had first fitting, with second fitting scheduled for mid-July
- Bought all accessories and underpinnings except for my shoes
- Sent out STDs and invitations, with August 1st RSVP deadline
- Booked the photographer, with 50% deposit down
- Figured out what I want my matrons-of-honor (maids) to wear; they have ordered their gowns
- Booked our DJ; paid in full
- Booked our officiant
- Booked our florist; paid in full through venue
- Booked our wedding cake, with $100 deposit down of the $390 total
- Booked our chair covers/upgraded linens rental, with 20% down
What I completely haven’t got started on yet:
- Booking the restaurant for the rehearsal dinner
- Booking the limo
- Music selections
- Buffet menu selections for the reception
- The actual timeline for the day, aside from knowing when the ceremony is starting
- Assigned seating arrangements
- Selecting my gifts for my matrons
- Marriage license
- Ordering wedding rings
- FH selecting the attire for himself/his best men/my dad
- Hair/makeup trials
God, I hope I’m not forgetting something!
Post # 5
@SouthernGirl: Aaaaand I just realized you were asking for replies from March brides, not any brides. So I hope I didn’t scare you!
(Writing out that bulleted list, though, helped me to keep track of what I still need to do. So thanks!)
Post # 6
So far I’ve done nothing. The wedding is next October (2014). We are having it in another city. The venue requires you book the date 90 days in advance, no more, no less. Odd, I know, but it makes sense considering it’s a city hall.
Only my parents will be attending, so no need to send out invites, or stress over reception details. We will be having lunch afterwards and maybe a tourist-y activity after.
Right now I’m just trying to figure out wedding colors and bouquet details.
I already know which photographer and videographer we will use.
Dress shopping won’t be done until maybe April because I’m in the middle of working out and trying to lose weight.
Post # 7
@leenh78: Not at all! I just figured I would post it in March to see what other March girls have done, but I don’t mind if others answer. Like I said in my OP, lists really help me see that I’ve accomplished things, and I figured other brides would be the same way.
Post # 8
@SouthernGirl: Date twins!
So far I have:
- Booked & put deposit on our reception venue, which also included the caterer and cake
- Booked & put deposit on the ceremony venue
- Booked & put deposit on the officiant
- Booked & put deposit on the photographer
- Booked & put deposit on the DJ (as of yesterday! yay!)
- Bought my dress (and it’s waiting at the salon for me to pick it up! CAN’T WAIT!)
- Picked colors
- Found a florist (my grandmother, easy choice!)
- Found a ceremony musician (celtic harp, my cousin, yay)
- Ordered/assembled/addressed/stamped my Save the Dates
- Finished our wedding website
- Started our registries
- Set up hotel room blocks
- Bought a card box
- Picked first dance and father/daughter dance songs
- Picked cake flavors and cake design
- Hired a DOC
- 99% finalized the guest list (the STDs won’t be going out to everyone, just the out of towners who we are 100% sure we’re inviting)
Still need to…
- Get marriage license!
- Plan ceremony
- Pick tuxes
- Pick bridesmaid dresses
- Book hair & makeup
- Take engagement pics (Labor day weekend! Excited!)
- Do tastings at venue
- Handle the whole invitation situation
- Send STDs
- Arrange rehearsal dinner
- Arrange honeymoon
- Pick and buy rings
- Find shoes
- Find jewelry
- Buy bridesmaid/groomsman gifts
- 100% finalize the guest list
- Have dress fittings
- Seating chart
- Finalize menu
- Make and send wedding announcements (I don’t get them, but my mom wants them, so we’re doing them)
- Probably a billion other things I’m forgetting
Ahhhh…. it’s nice to get it all written down, but now I’m panicking about all the things that still need to be done that I really can’t do yet!
Post # 9
I feel really behind reading this.
Post # 10
So far, we’ve:
1. Booked the venue
2. Booked an officiant
3. Bought the dress
4. Figured out our invitation design
5. Figured out our photographer (booking soon, he was on vacation)
6. Got a very good grip on how we want our ceremony to be
7. Got a veil – it’s my mom’s
8. Got our registries down pat (need to go back and touch towels & sheets, sigh)
9. Finalized the guest list (except for parent’s guests)
This month we’re trying to:
1. Find a DJ
2. Finalize the menu
3. Schedule a tasting dinner
4. Design the invites to get letterpress plates made
5. Collecting/stealing addresses: this is an ongoing process
6. Schedule engagement photo shoot
7. At least set up the STD postcard file on the computer
We still haven’t touched:
1. Hotel accommodations
3. Whether to buy the groom a suit or rent a tux (I want to buy!)
4. Groomsmen tux rentals (or use their own suits? Whatever.)
5. Bridesmaids dresses
6. Go for our cake (ok, cupcakes) meeting.
8. Decorations (planning to make them ourselves, super simple stuff)
9. Wedding bands! We need to go try some on.
10. Sewing a skirt for the dress… I wanted to at least make part of it!
11. Photo booth planning or anything. We want one though!
I am positive I’m forgetting something, but we’ve been really lax with the whole planning process. I think we might pick up after engagement photos, since that’s when something actually goes out into the mail.
We’re not doing flowers, or crazy decorations. I was thinking mostly candles and string lights. My dress is off-the-rack and needs no alterations. We’re trying to be very low-key with the wedding, while also making sure everyone has a good time – including ourselves!
Post # 11
The first thing I bought before anything else was my shoes 🙂
I’m booking my venue tomorrow
I have hair & make-up booked
Doing our own flowers
I have found a pretty good band
Need to get working on the invites
Thats about it!
Post # 12
If it makes you feel better… I hope to have an April 2014 wedding but don’t yet even have the engagement. I’m *patiently waiting* and then it will be a S- Storm.
Post # 13
@CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon: If it makes you feel better, I get a lot of flack from people for getting ahead of myself. So you’re probably totally fine 🙂
Post # 14
Hi March Brides! Congrats!
I also got alot of flack for starting early…we got engaged in November and had much of the stuff listed below done by January. I work in 3 month stints at a time generally, so i tried to get many things done when I was not working. Like the past 3 weeks! Plus I am on a tight budget especially for a 250 guest wedding, so I have scoured the internet for everything, including looking at at least 100+ venues. I live in Chicago, so that proves to make an expensive wedding (doing a classic “old hollywood” type feel). Here is my list so far:
- Ceremony/Rec Venue booked (includes food, bar, centerpieces, linens, cake, uplighting)
- 3 payments made on venue
- DJ booked, deposit made
- Band booked, deposit made
- Photographer booked, deposit made,
- Videographer booked, deposit made
- Officiant booked
- Colors picked
- figured out flowers – using sola wood and coffee filter roses (martha stewart kind)
- Wedding party picked, almost sure of bridemaid’s dresses
- bought 50% of flower supplies, I know how to make everything, finally
- bought aisle runner, petals, tulle for aisle
- bought centerpiece placemats (which are really damask large napkins, 30 runners was too expensive)
- I have all but 2 addresses
- Save the dates are stamped and addressed (except for 2)
- Invitations purchased/printed and sitting in my house
- Dress, veil and caplette purchased and at friend’s house
- Alterations (only a hem) will be done by a coworker in January
- Wedding website done (for now)
- Registry started
- Know what I want for table #’s, place and escort cards (etsy)
- Have a friend making a dance floor cling (for free!)
- I have my robe and 1 garter for day of
I might have more things, but I can’t think of them. I started so early (so everyone said) that I forget what I have done so far. Thank goodness for excel spreadsheets!
I am scared to write what I have left to do…might induce a panic attack. LMAO
Post # 15
@SouthernGirl: What a difference a month makes! 1 month ago I wrote I was waiting for the engagement for a likely April wedding. Welp, the engagement happened and the date is set– for March!
Things I’ve done:
-Booked and deposit on Venue
-Picked Colors and just need bridesmaids to try on the dress line I want them to pick from
-Picked a photographer (pending deposit)
-Booked Cake maker
– Choose DJ (quotes received)
-Choose Caterer (quotes received)
-Choose florist (consultations completed, awaiting quotes)
-pick dress, shoes, veil, jewelry (dress shopping scheduled for sept)
-decide on honeymoon and book
– book get away car and shuttles for guests
-sign contract for hotel room block
– Engagement photos/ STD/ Invites
– Figure out liquor order
Post # 16
@Andthepupmakes3: A month does make a difference! Since I posted this I’ve
- Booked the photographer.
- Found a hairdresser
- Bought most of the things for my centerpieces.
- Finalized the ceremony and booked the officiant
- Put down the deposit on our cake.
I still have a good bit to do, but I don’t feel as overwhelmed as I did. I still have a good bit to do, but I hope to be done with everything soon.