(Closed) "Beating a Dead Horse"

posted 6 years ago in Waiting
Post # 4
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

For the location– why don’t you pick your hometown? That way, it’s somewhere that’s special to you, and you don’t have to worry about where you’ll be living. 

As for finances, you’ve got time; get creative! Work on finding DIY ways to do the things you want, but can’t afford on the budget you’ve got. Being creative will give you plenty of time to find the perfect look.  For example, I really wanted programs for my wedding, but couldn’t afford the extra few hundres dollars they would have cost– so, $87, a few weeks in photoshop making a design that complimented the invitations, and a pack of greeting cards & popsicle sticks later– and suddenly I had these:


Post # 5
1357 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would start planning the less committal aspects. Instead of looking at venues and vendors, talk about how you want your wedding day to feel and how you envision it.

Start an inspiration board and see what you’re drawn to–is it a rustic barn wedding, a glamorous ballroom wedding, a vintage wedding at an estate, a destination wedding to the beach or mountains…your options are endless, and just thinking about the type of places you want to get married and the things you want to see will set you guys on the right path. Then you will know, once it is time to start talking to vendors and touring venues, where you need to start looking. There’s also a lot of questions like, do you want a DJ or a band? A big wedding or a small one? What sorts of food do you want to serve? You can also put together a theoretical guest list and talk about what songs you want to be featured.

Post # 6
1686 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You maybe can’t book a venue, etc right now, but things you can do are make a savings plan and budget, make a guest list, put together inspiration photos, make a list of your priorities (photographer, DJ, open bar, etc.) start pricing items and DIY components, make a file with DIY ideas and tutorials, etc.

I like the PP’s idea of choosing a venue in your home town. It would certainly make travel easier for your guests, and if you relocate, you’ll still have family and friends in the area that can help with any local preparation. 

Post # 7
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Do you have to marry in 2013? If you push the wedding back a year, you’ll have longer to save. My SO and I are totally broke, we don’t plan on getting married ’till 2014 or 15 because we want to be able to afford a nice wedding. You only get married once (hopefully!)!

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