Post # 1
We’re engaged! After 3 years of dating, the actual proposal came as a complete surprise at a friend’s Christmas Party surrounded by friends.
Now that Christmas is over and I can start thinking clearly it’s time to start making decisions. This next week we are headed to check out a venue that my Mom booked 4 months ago, hopefully we like it as much as her! 🙂
Now, here’s what I need, advise! Where do I start? Obvisouly, with the thing that is the most important to me – the venue and date but then what! Any helpful tips from seasoned brides?
Here’s the ring (with our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree in the background!)
Post # 3
There are plenty of online tools to help you with planning. If you do a search on “wedding planning schedule” you;ll find some info. You are right that typically, you pick the date and place first, but not everyone goes in order (the first thing I did was buy my MOH’s dress- even before my own)! You’ll want to start thinking about color schemes and who you want for attendants. And start looking at photos of gowns online or in a magazine, and save some into a folder so that you can bring it with you on your first dress shopping trip (but keep an open mind, a lot of us do not get what we think we want).
Have a blast!
Post # 4
Start with a budget. Then everything else will fall into place. You can’t go venue shopping if you don’t know a budget. After that, get a rough estimate of a guest list. You don’t want to fall in love with a venue that is too expensive or too small for your wedding. Weddingbee is an awesome source of info! You will love it here.
Congrats on the engagement! The ring is beautiful!
Post # 5
That’s so true, about having a budget!
Post # 6
Miss Tattoo is absolutely right. Make a budget and stick with it. If you start saying, “Aw, we’ll splurge on just this…” without a plan in place, it will start a chain reaction and you’ll end up blowing all your money! lol
Also, here’s another piece of advice: Once you pick your dress, STOP LOOKING. I didn’t, and I ended up changing my dress twice. You’ll always find dresses you love, so pick one and stop torturing yourself. Believe me; I speak from experience! 😉
Post # 7
Gorgeous ring!! Yes, budget is the most important factor because you cant do anything before you know it. Then once that is set you either can decide on number of guests first or venue first.
Post # 10
I think finding a photographer now is important too. If you want to send save the dates it would be nice to use your engagement photos for them 🙂
Post # 11
Perfect! This is exactly what I needed to hear! While I want to have a fantastic party, I also do not want to spend tons of money!
Thankfully, the Venue we are going to look at (that is also booked) is free thanks to a friend of my Mom’s. You can pick your own caterer and from the picture it is beautiful with floor to celing windows in Downtown Orlando.
We started creating a guest list tonight and Mr. Lovejoy wants to invite EVERYONE. If he knew the Mailman, I am sure he’d add him to the list. This may be our first post engagement fight!
Oh, and colors are decided – Purple, Gray and Pearl. But I have a little convincing to do!
Post # 12
Congrats! Beautiful ring! I agree with the other Bees that the most important thing to do first is to set a budget! Happy Wedding Planning!
Post # 13
I agree with others that the budget comes first, then try to book your big vendors (caterer, photographer, etc) since they book up the furthest out from your wedding dates.
Post # 14
congrats! Have so much fun… The first thing I did was pick out the wedding party (lol!)
Post # 15
1. Budget, and a timeline of who contributes what when (important if vendors require deposits, payment schedules, etc – that $15,000 your parents might give you isn’t very helpful if they can’t give it to you till your wedding month)
2. Guest list – don’t even think about looking at venues or caterers until you have a number of guests. You’ll inevitably get attached to a place that is too small for your wedding, or pay more for a large place when you could have gone smaller.
4. All the rest!
Post # 16
Congrats! Like others have said, the guest list and budget dictates the rest of your planning. Once that is determined I would start looking at dresses because they have a long waiting time if you order one from a bridal shop. A venue would be next but you are lucky to have one already. BTW, i’m from Orlando as well. Would you mind sharing which venue you picked? I’m looking for ideas.
I actually started a thread similar to yours about 2 weeks ago or so. Look under my posts. My thread got a lot of good tips and advice.