Post # 1
I got engaged last December, and we had planned to wait until June 2013 to get married. However, some things have come up (I’m not pregnant!), and we are thinking of getting married ASAP.
This prospect is a bit overwhelming, so I’m looking to you bees to help me prioritize. What should I be doing? I know I need to secure the church which shouldn’t be a probelm and find a reception site.
What is your best wedding planning advice?
Post # 3
I got engaged in May and my wedding is in 9 days. I had a little over 3 months to get stuff together. It’s a little crazy, but very do-able, especially if you have a little help. Definitely secure your ceremony and reception sites as soon as possible and then get your dress. You likely won’t have time to order one so find somewhere that will sell samples or a previously owned dress. And figure out your invitations. Those things need to be done ASAP. Then start figuring out the other big stuff- food, flowers, photographer, cake, dj, wedding party, etc.
I didn’t have a ton of help so I had to give up some of the details or DIY projects I would have wanted to do stuff that was simpler for me to do. Even in 3 months, you should be able to add a few special touches to make things special if you want. I’m picturing what my wedding will look like and I think it will be just as nice as if I had had a year to plan.
Post # 4
worry about the big details first. if you want a formal wedding get the venue and caterer and invites done first. then worry about other details like a photog and officient. check craigslist for everything iek djs and photogs if you are on a tight budget. if you can afford a planner get one because she can do a lot of what you need and they are trained to get things done super fast. too bad ur not in az or i would offer to do most of it for you since im a planner lol
Post # 5
It can be done!
As the other Bees have said secure the big ones first. Then look at your budget and guest list to figure out the little details: invites, flowers, favors, decoration detials , etc.
Remember that you can be as formal as casual as possible. I got engaged in November but didn’t pick my date til this July! I am keeping things fairly simple, which helps with the time crunch 😉
Also hangout in the miliary boards or do some googling, I know that many times husbands or wives get deployed and have to do the wedding on a short notice deal.
Happy Planning, and congrats!
Post # 6
Thanks for the support! Yes, I think it may be possible. I talked to a photographer today who is available. I’m planning on having the wedding at my church, so that shouldn’t be an issue. I’m going to call the place I was hoping to have my reception at in 2013 and see if they have an opening. My sister is doing the cake (the joys of having a professional baker as a sister!), and my friend is designing my invitations. I’ll have to focus on the dress next.
Post # 7
Don’t forget to start on your guest list. When you start calling caterers and venues and things, you’re going to need a rough idea of how many guests you’ll have. (So you know the space is big enough/not too big, and so that you can budget.)
Post # 8
I would say
1. guest list, you need numbers of people for spaces and # of invites
2. venues/caterers need booked
3. invites, once you have addresses and food choices if needed
4. your dress, and then groom/wedding party clothes
I’d do flowers last, because that’s the easiest for last minute back-up plan. You can always hit up a costco or grocery store for flowers and toss them in dollar store vases last minute if need be.
Don’t worry, just take a deep breathe and go. It will be busy, but can be pulled off very quickly. Everything will be beautiful regardless of how long it took. Less time to plan just equals less time to stress out and second guess your decisions.