(Closed) help me plan =/

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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946 posts
Busy bee

Well, you’ve got a date…do you have an idea of venue?  What specifics do you need help with?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

First step is finding a venue on your date. After you settle on a budget, of course. Then you can start booking other vendors. That’s the order I recommend, because what happens if your dream venue isn’t available on your date?

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hi JB4ever, congratulation on getting engaged! 🙂

Many people are having luck with keeping an organizer, such as this one by Google which is very extensive list of to-do list http://docs.google.com/previewtemplate?id=0AhN0y99GtIFTdEc0ZzFkMU8tZmFTSVp3dmhhMlRycWc&mode=public

Or you can choose more specific templates from Google (budget spreadsheet, etc) http://docs.google.com/templates?type=spreadsheets&q=wedding+template+collection&sort=hottest&view=public

I myself am not a list person; lists just make me dizzy allover! (I’m more of a visual person, so I am having a board up in my bedroom with all the wedding inspiration up, and then tackle all the wedding aspects one by one and post in my board the things that are already accomplished). But in case you are a list person, the Google docs is pretty neat, imo. Happy planning! 🙂

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

the #1 thing that need to be done before you can really start planning: BUDGET.

Then find your venue and pick a date.

Next do research online and go to bridal shows to find vendors:

  • photographer/videographer
  • DJ/band
  • people in your wedding party
  • officiant
  • floral
  • your dress!
  • catering
  • cake

for us, we booked vendors in the order we decided it was the most important to us.  for example, photographer was the most important to us, so we booked that almost immediately after we had our date & venue.  Then we figured out a wedding party and officiant. 

you have 15 months to go.  Don’t stress and have fun!  Smile  oh and CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

To start, congratulations.  Your first thing is to sit down with you families and figure out a budget.  Once you have that, the venue and catering are the most expensive parts.  Best of luck!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Congrats on the engagement! I remember feeling very overwhelmed when we just started planning, but don’t worry – you can totally do this on your own! And from my experience, it’s nice to be in charge of your own planning, since you can do what you and your Fiance want without having to take into account 10 other opinions 🙂 

The Knot checklist helped me a lot in terms of figuring out what to focus on first. Some tips to start with:

1) Figure out what’s most important to you and Fiance – maybe it’s venue, photography, food. Maybe it’s getting married outside. Maybe it’s keeping the celebration intimate or, conversely, having all your friends and family there. Having our priorities clear upfront helped us a lot.

2) Figure out who’s paying and how much you can afford. This doesn’t have to be a specific number, but a range is helpful.

3) Check with VIPs about potential dates. I think it helps to choose a few time periods when you would want to get married. You might find that due to availability, budget or even weather, a certain day or month doesn’t work for you. Or, maybe it doesn’t work for your parents or his for a legit reason. (I.e. black out periods at work, college graduation, etc – we had to deal with quite a lot of this). 

4) Venue is usually the first thing to nail down. Different brides have different approaches to looking online vs. visiting places in person, but just to give you an idea, I looked through around 200 options briefly on major sites with venue databases. I had a list of about 50 that interested us and contacted most of them for information packets. It was pretty easy to eliminate most (not responsive, we didn’t like food choices, too expensive, too out of the way, etc). We ended up visiting 4 venues over one weekend and choosing one. 

5) Once you have your venue, they’ll likely recommend vendors and you can start nailing down the major pieces like photography, DJ, etc. Once those are set, you can work on smaller details. 

Hope this helps and good luck! 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

hey i live in washington too and my wedding is next month so if you want any ideas or just an ear im here!

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