(Closed) First step of Planning?

posted 10 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
832 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

First thing – the venue.  Everything else centers around it.

Post # 4
3809 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

For us the first thing we did was pick our date then the hall.

Post # 5
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Venue first!  That will determine your date and the “feel” of everything else.  So far, the order we have booked vendors has been:

1. Venue

2. Photographer (I had my heart set on one in particular, so as soon as we knew our date, we booked her!)

3. Caterer

4. DJ

Post # 7
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I learned the hard way that the first thing, if you haven’t done it already, is budget. If you go ahead without having your budget totally figured out you may end up making decisions that are too expensive and then feelings get hurt, plans get ruined, etc.

I’d say date could be picked before then, but I wouldn’t make any venue plans or anything until you know what you’re looking at for funds.

Post # 8
2975 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France

1. Pick a date

2. Set a budget

3. Make a guest list ( I put this way up because you can’t pick the venue without knowing how many people it has to fit! and EVERYONE asks.. ‘How many people do you plan on having’ it also really comes in handy if you fall behind on STDs or invites.. Fiance and I have reffered to our in depth guestlist many MANY times)

4. Book a venue

5. Book a photographer (because they are so in demand)

…After you have done all this.. you can then focus on the fun suff 🙂 Themes, colors, dress, bridesmaid dresses etc etc


Post # 9
3354 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 1900

Budget (which can help you narrow down venues), then book a venue. That way you have a set date to book other vendors.

Happy planning!

Post # 10
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yes, before you even begin to think about a venue, you NEED to have a guest list, or at least a rough one started. I thought we were originally going to have 300+ people, so I turned down so many venues at first, but then we ended up only having just over 200. Also a budget is key, and stick to it!

Post # 11
1472 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

For us, this is what worked best:

1. Determine sense of overall budget

2. Estimate guest list/how many people to invite

3. Pick venue

4. Pick date based on venue availability

From there, we picked a band, photographer, and caterer…the other things could wait a bit, so we wanted to pick whatever would book up fastest. Good luck!

Post # 12
911 posts
Busy bee

@MrsNeutrino:  Agree. We picked a date, did a preliminary guest list and booked our venue and caterer. We did have to change our date to a week earlier so that we could use the venue we wanted. Everyone is different, but I would say the venue, date and guest list are priority at the beginning of planning.

Post # 13
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would highly suggest if you haven’t already is to agree to a budget for your wedding. It was the first thing my Fiance and I discussed about (along when picking tentative dates) our wedding plans. Trust me, it wuold be a lot easier to look at venues and vendors within your budget rather than to waste time on places/vendors that are out of your budget.

If you already have that squared away then concentrate what possible dates you are interested in. We had several dates in mind just in case the venues we liked had them already booked. Once you have the date then start looking for a venue. You don’t want to fall in love with a place and they are completely booked for the dates you are interested in. It happened to me, fell in love with a place but it was booked on all the dates we wanted, I was crushed, and moved the wedding date to a Friday rather than a Saturday.

Also, if you are dead set on having a Fall 2012 wedding (I am too!) then start looking at dresses if you haven’t. It takes some time to get a dress once you order it.

What we have already secured:

– Ceremony site since it will be a religious ceremony.

– Reception venue that we booked last week, yay!

– Photographer, who is my FI’s friend.

This weekend I will be purchasing my dress!!! 😀

Post # 14
533 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

mhm, we arranged the venue. Everything else should come along after that. 😀

Post # 15
23 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

I set the venue first. I did not want to set a date and then find a venue I love and not  be able to have it. Basically we decided on a range of two months ex: August/September then called and asked around what dates were available in that time frame! Everything else has fallen in place around that.

Post # 16
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

The first thing we did was choose the date we wanted. Very soon after, we made a rough guest list so we could determine what size venue we needed. We have venue tours in the next week, and have already selected and booked our photographer. I’d like to have the venue and caterer done right after the holidays!

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