(Closed) Bees- how did you plan before you were engaged?

posted 6 years ago in Waiting
  • poll: Did you start planning before you were engaged?
    Yes : (54 votes)
    57 %
    No : (36 votes)
    38 %
    I voted because I like polls! : (4 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    2003 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I had lots of things bookmarked, so that right when I was technically allowed to start planning I could jump right in.  I had things like venues, flowers, dresses, and honeymoon spots scouted out.  I also had picked my colors (which my Darling Husband, SO at the time, was well aware of and agreed on)

    Post # 5
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Get a pinterest account. Its great for keeping photos of ideas you like (dresses, flowers, cakes ect.).

    Post # 6
    7609 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I didn’t plan a thing before we got engaged – but maybe that’s because I’m a procrastinator!  We had almost a 12-month engagement and I found that was more than enough time to plan.

    Post # 7
    915 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I just had ideas and things bookmarked, I didn’t want to actually plan anything because I wanted to save it for the engagement. And I was glad I did, that made it so much more exciting!

    Post # 8
    188 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @asscherlover:  I did this recently! It’s a nice way of keeping ideas together.

    I started a binder but I gave up that idea. It’s sitting there half started. It’s just easier for me to organize my thoughts on the computer since they’re constantly changing.

    I started with thinking about colors first… which I think is terrible since it’s changed several times. But, I’ve realized what I like and what kind of fits with our personalities.

    I also started on the dreaded guest list! It’s easier thinking about budget, venue, diys, etc when you have an idea of how many you need to fit. The overall # will change but it’s great to have a ballpark idea.

    Post # 9
    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    I bookmarked/pinterested cool ideas, found a ring I liked (and put it in his internet bookmarks..), picked a date and picked a location … all of which I shared with him!  The date and location were pretty key in forming our timeline.. because I wanted our wedding to be on the next anniversary that fell on a saturday, and the location to be where we had our first date (the reason for the anniversary).

    I actually did start doing DIYs before we got engaged, but realized afterwards that the colors and that particular project didn’t really make sense… so I’ve got a whole ton of paper flowers in a crate with my other DIY supplies :1  So don’t get caught in that trap!!

    Post # 10
    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I researched different venues and photographers, but nothing official other than trying to get ideas.

    Post # 11
    9630 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2019

    I joined wedding websites, started adding things to The Knot scrapbook, looked up wedding venues, looked at dresses online, thought about colour scheme, etc 

    Post # 12
    2416 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Kind of…I began to envision the things I may or may not want, but my ideas quickly changed once I was plannig for real…especially after I was realistically able to pick out a venue within my budget. I think getting a better understanding of how much money you can spend is crucial.

    I did, however, save as much money as I could for a couple years because I saw an engagement coming in the future, so I was mindful of putting money away as I knew we would have to front a significant portion of the expenses.

    Post # 13
    2254 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I helped my sister plan her June 2011 wedding and as we were going along I was already mentally noting things I liked for my wedding such as flowers and bm dresses. I had most of the major details sorted out in my head before the engagement came later the year in Nov. In fact since I knew it was coming, I went ahead and booked our reception venue bc it always books out up to two years in advance (which I only did bc my Fiance gave me the green light) and bought my wedding dress three weeks before the actual engagement. The wedding dress part was unplanned. Since my friends and I were visiting NYC, we decided to go to Kleinfeld’s to have some fun, and I ended up finding my dress. Needless to say my Fiance (then-boyfriend) was a bit surprised. He thought I found out about the ring he already bought and was hiding. =) 

    Post # 14
    2143 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I didn’t really plan so much as just brainstorm, and a lot of the things I had imagined didn’t end up being what we used… which I’m actually glad about because now I get to plan some more 🙂 I love the whole seek and find part of it

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