(Closed) Detail details! I need a little help with the planning process

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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2588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

The first thing you should do is figure out what things are most important to you (and your FI). Make a list of all the wedding components–food, cake, photography, music, etc. and rate them from 1-whatever number you come up with, 1 being the most important. Have your Fiance make one too, and compare lists. That will give you a good starting point for where your money should go (once you make a budget).

I think the basics are attire, flowers if you want them, cake, food, venue, photography, music, etc. Anything other than that is an extra, and you’ll probably add little things as you get further into planning.

Post # 4
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595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

First and main things are : church,reception place and dress, the rest will come after that. Decide color, theme or kind of place you want your wedding to be, can help you to pick reception place, dress, favors,decor, bm dresses, music, cake, decoration an invitations. If you need any help, I’m willing to help! Any time.

Post # 5
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2394 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

If you’re going to be DIY-ing any of your decor or details (guestbook, bouquets, accessories, signs, programs, etc.) take a moment now to calculate how much each project will cost and try to at least guestimate the amount of time required to complete them from start to finish.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I actually found the checklist on http://www.theknot.com to be pretty comprehensive. And I also made a day-of-itinerary in excel which really helped. I kept everything in an excel spreadsheet – budget, vendor contact info, guest list, addresses, gifts/thank you status, etc… it was a huge help.

Post # 8
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7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

My suggestion is to keep looking for different timelines and then use the most comprehensive one.  I also used WB a LOT to get feedback on what I might be missing.  I kept freaking out, thinking there was something I was missing – but I think I was just overthinking everything and there really wasn’t anything I was missing (I think I felt this way up until the week before the wedding).  I think if you are being this diligent in your planning, you’ll be OK!  I used the checklist on the knot – I thought it was pretty thorough!

Post # 9
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2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Here’s how I’m organizing mine:

First Tier aka Shit You Can’t Do Without

Ceremony location
Reception location, if different
Caterer
Photographer
Officiant

Second Tier, aka Shit You Can’t Do Without But There’s Plenty to Go Around So You Can Move a Little Slower

Dress/shoes/accessories
Bridesmaids dresses
Tux
Invitations

Third Tier, aka Shit You Want but Don’t Need

Flowers
Cake
Decorations/DIY projects
DJ/Band
Favors

Post # 10
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1235 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Really what I do is just keep checking back here. People talk about every tiny detail of their wedding and if I can’t find it on here then I don’t need it. If I do find it on here and I haven’t done it theen I need to start looking for it. It isn’t exactly a timeline but helps me make my own that works best for me.

Post # 12
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9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you sign up with wedding wire they also have a great checklist that lest you know when you should be planning each different part of the wedding. For some reason I prefer their site over theknot.

Post # 14
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405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I am about half way through the process and I still am going kinda crazy thinking I missed something…

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