(Closed) A Sudden Date!

posted 7 years ago in October 2011
Post # 3
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Congrats! My best advice is to take a few deep breaths, define for yourselves how you want the day to feel and look, delegate a lot, and get movin. You may be in for the most crazy awesome fun planning sprint ever!

Post # 4
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Personally, I would get the tent in case of rain. I would buy DIY invites from the craftstore, but also check wal-mart since they are usually less expensive but have the same sometimes (I found mine at Joann’s first and bought them then found them at wal-mart for like $9 cheaper.

If your family is willing, maybe do a pot-luck where everyone brings something. Make sure you provide the main dish. And for the dress, buy off the rack, it takes less time to do alterations because the day you buy it is the day they can start alterations.

For flowers, Joann’s also has some beautiful silk flowers and wrapping them is SUPER easy πŸ™‚ For bridesmaids, little black dresses purchased and add some colored ribbon around the waiste to make them different from guests.

For the cake, ask family and friends if anyone can bake really well, and if you have a lot of people sheet cakes from costco are amazing! Make a little cake for you and Fiance to cut and then cut up the sheet cake to feed the guests.

I hope this helps πŸ™‚ Let me know if you need any other help.

Post # 6
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hello date twin! πŸ™‚ 

Congrats and good luck! πŸ™‚

Post # 7
1850 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

How awesome and exciting:) My two cents:

“Narrowing down the guest list is taxing and with such a huge family I’m afraid I’ll end up leaving people out”

Write down EVERY SINGLE PERSON you would even possibly want to invite. Do it separately and then when you get back together you might realize the other person has some that you missed. Go through your facebook friends list if you have one. Then once you have a master list…start making cuts. Be realistic in terms of your budget and venue. Cutting in groups is helpful and can help avoid hurt feelings (ex: cutting coworkers, cutting plus 1s for people not engaged/married etc) if anyone asks just say “I’m sorry, I would really love for you to come, but we’re keeping it very intimate.” They don’t need to know any more than that.

“Deciding on diy invites or ordering them”

Because of budget, I say DIY (unless you find a great deal somewhere). Enlist some friends and family and get those babies knocked out.

“Not to mention trying to decide “tent or no tent””


“whether we should get a caterer or try to make all the food ourselves”

I think that with the right menu making all the food would be better on the budget and wouldn’t be the hardest thing with some help. Perhaps a buffet style dinner with mostly food that doesn’t need to be kept warm…pasta salad, potato salad, cassaroles, veggie plates, cheeses, etc. If you really do the OctoberFest thing why not put a bunch of brats and sausages on the grill and make it a party.


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