(Closed) Bees, when did you start to plan?

posted 7 years ago in Money
  • poll: What is your wedding budget?
    1000-2000$ : (0 votes)
    3000-5000$ : (1 votes)
    5 %
    6000-8000$ : (6 votes)
    32 %
    9000-above : (12 votes)
    63 %
  • Post # 4
    566 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    The first couple of things I did were to get the venue and book video and photography. I didn’t start getting the little decor stuff till recently. About a year out I started working on invites which I changed about 9 months out. I also locked down a dress and DJ a year out. The early stuff was the stuff that was most likely going to be solid. The later stuff was stuff I knew I might change my mind about. Little miss indecisive, that’s me!

    Post # 5
    2135 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I am planning to get married in September of 2012, and I just got engaged last month. I want to do as much planning and make as many purchases as I can this fall/winter. For example, I want to use Black Friday to my advantage and purchase Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts then. I also want to purchase decorations after all of this years fall stuff goes on sale in November/December.

    Also, like you, I am planning on starting to purchase alcohol soon. Unfortunately, I have to wait until November, since I am underage right now. But our local liquor stores have a “Double-up for  Buck” sale every so often, so I am hoping to take asvantage of that.

    Post # 6
    4653 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    YAY your my date twin I finally found one!

    I have been “planning” for awhile but it has been mostly idea collecting. But Me and Fiance just got into planning in the past few weeks!

    Oh and btw one year today until were married!

    Post # 8
    7339 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I got engaged last summer and right away Fiance and I wanted to make sure that we got all the big checks done and out of the way.

    First we booked our venue, the photographer/videogrpher, DJ, transportation, and I got my dress already.

    So now we can enjoy it a bit more, save for the payments, and we have time for all the little details and DIY.

    Post # 9
    207 posts
    Helper bee

    I got engaged on August 3, 2010 and started planning right away. Thank goodness I did, the year will fly by! We first booked the venue so that we would know what type of money we would need to spend on decor, linens, etc. Also venues book years in advance so we wanted to make sure our date was availabe. Then we booked the caterer, photographer, and DJ. Now less than two months to go and the only thing I have to work on are “details”, favors, etc.

    I created an excel spreadsheet and a folder for every contract/receipt we have so I could stay organized. Also wedding check off list were a great big help!

    Good Luck…start planning!! lol

    Post # 10
    2702 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    we got engaged April of 2010 and didn’t start to plan until October for our November 2011 wedding. We booked our venue and ceremony site a year in advance and then the photogrpaher 11 months in advance…etc.

    Post # 12
    207 posts
    Helper bee

    MrsWeddingbliss sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Both of my parents have passed away and me and Fiance have paid for the entire wedding ourselves (with the exception of my wonderful siblings who contributed about $1000!) Our budget originally was $6500 but we will probably complete everything at right at $7k. We booked our honey moon at the beginning of the year (an all inclusive cruise, which saved us hundreds) I know the DJ personally so he gave us a great deal. Maybe try using an Ipod if you are interested in a DJ. they can hold more music and you acn “shuffle” your song list. We found a wonderful photographer on facebook that had great package deals that included our engagement pics. I also know the caterer personally that really looked out for us. Sign up for Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Joann’s etc and take advantage of the weekly coupons. I also bought a lot of stuff last year after fall.

    Its very do-able to stay within budget and have a beautiful wedding. I have friends that are alreay married that constantly say they wish they were cautious (budget wise) as we are and thought of some of the ideas we did.

    Post # 14
    207 posts
    Helper bee

    MrsWeddingbliss thank you. 6k IS alot of money. I completely agree, put your money towards some thing else that you guys want to put it towards. I never intended to have a wedding as big as it is now, but it is what it is…lol. Absolutely ANY budget can make a wedding “your own” and beautiful. Good Luck with your planning sweetie!  πŸ™‚

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