(Closed) How much planning have you done?

posted 9 years ago in May 2012
Post # 17
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217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Engaged May/19/11 .. married May/26/12

DONE

  • Booked ceremony and reception venue
  • Booked caterer, menu chosen
  • Booked Photographer
  • Booked decorator
  • Maid/Matron of Honor chosen.. Dress shopping
  • DIY Centerpieces design chosen (8/12 vases bought)
  • DIY Jewlery design Chosen (Materials bought)
  • DIY Flowers design chosen (getting estimate of flower costs this week)
  • DIY Invites decided upon ( Still designing)
  • Cake design chosen
  • Wedding Website done

Work in Progress

  • Finish and Print Invites
  • Engagement Pic Session – Nov
  • Custom Dress Design – Nov
  • Book DJ
  • Book String Quartet
  • DIY Hair Trial – Feb

Post # 18
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217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Engaged May/19/11 .. married May/26/12

DONE

  • Booked ceremony and reception venue
  • Booked caterer, menu chosen
  • Booked Photographer
  • Booked decorator
  • Booked Honeymoon – Europe yay!
  • Maid/Matron of Honor chosen.. Dress shopping
  • DIY Centerpieces design chosen (8/12 vases bought)
  • DIY Jewlery design Chosen (Materials bought)
  • DIY Flowers design chosen (getting estimate of flower costs this week)
  • DIY Invites decided upon ( Still designing)
  • Cake design chosen
  • Colors chosen
  • Dress idea chosen
  • Hair & Makeup chosen
  • Guest List decided upon
  • Wedding Website done

 

Work in Progress

  • Finish and Print Invites – ASAP
  • Finish DIY Jewelery and headpiece
  • Buy Shoes
  • Buy Maid/Matron of Honor Dress
  • Buy Grooms Outfit
  • Book DJ
  • Book String Quartet
  • Engagement Pic Session – Nov
  • Custom Dress Design – Nov
  • Start registry – Jan
  • DIY Hair Trial – Mar
  • Sephora Make up Trial – Mar
  • DIY Make up Trial – Mar
  • Finish DIY Centerpiece

Post # 19
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1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have alot done too but I’m an interior designer and type A personality so I’m just a planner by nature.

  • Ceremony venue booked
  • Reception venue booked
  • Photographer booked
  • Officiant booked
  • Weeding coordinator booked
  • DJ booked
  • Ceremony musician booked
  • Ceremony chairs booked
  • Guest transport (Trolley) booked
  • Dress purchased (put deposit down, it arrives in Oct)
  • Sent Save the Dates last week
  • Asked wedding party
  • Picked bridesmaid dresses
  • Booked rehearsal dinner venue
  • Booked our hotels & reserved hotel room blocks for guests
  • Created wedding website
  • Hair & makeup booked

I still have alot to do though

  • Flowers
  • Write/select ceremony wording
  • Music (need to select ceremony songs and must play list at reception)
  • Decor (I have tons of ideas but need to narrow it down and begin DIY projects)
  • Honeymoon research & booking
  • Flight booking
  • Invitation design and ordering
  • Groom & groomsmen outfits
  • Rehearsal dinner outfit
  • Shoes & accessories for me
  • Bridal party gifts
  • Hair & makeup trial

It goes on and on

Post # 20
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2191 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@John Conner:  Thanks John Connor.  Our block is actually almost full already and we will probably open another one up soon since the people that have booked the soft block are only family and wedding party! 

The one thing I have been putting off but know its time to get cranking is happening this weekend – wedding dress shopping.  Not sure how I feel yet.  Excited but not.

Since my last post I have started –

  • chair rental for ceremony site
  • PP of ceremony runthru
  • aisle runner
  • ribbon wands
  • started working on invites with my uncle
  • ring bearer’s pillow
  • bridesmaid luncheon to get measured for dresses
  • transportation quotes
  • tasting coming soon!

Better to be prepared than not.  I agree with PP that Fiance thought I was moving too fast but now we have 9 months left and lots still to do.  Once the holidays hit I won’t have all this free time anymore!

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m a May 26th bride:

-Venue Booked. Catering/Cake/Chairs/SIlverware/Linens booked through venue. Menu to be discussed in full eight weeks to twelve weeks before wedding.

-Hotel block reserved.

-Hotel rooms for day of booked.

-Hotel room for night of booked.

-Dress Bought and paid for.

-Officiant Booked.

-Photographer Booked. Engagement Session Booked (October).

-STD not sent but picked. Addresses not all compiled yet.

-Invitations picked.

-First Dance song chosen. Processional song chosen.

-Colors/Theme picked.

-Band almost booked.

 

Need to:

Buy Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses.

Buy veil.

Book florist.

Book honeymoon.

Buy shoes.

Buy undergarments.

Book rehearsal dinner/room.

Buy rehearsal dress.

Buy Bridesmaid or Best Man and Groomsmen gifts.

Pick Parent’s gifts.

 

Generally, I have to say that with the over saturation of bridal shows and bridezilla notions, many people think that brides just obsess. I will say that sometimes, this is true. I know girls who will talk about nothing but their weddings and have very little else on their minds.Especially when you can’t carry a conversation if it doesn’t involve some wedding aspect. Being a bride, even I find this a turnoff.

For a year or more, the wedding consumes them, and when it’s all over, they suffer from depression and withdrawal. No wonder, it was their only problem/hobby/concern for a year! Not pointing out anyone in particular, but it runs rampant on some of the threads on here, and frankly, it’s pathetic. It’s one day and no matter how much you plan it, there should still be something free flowing about it. It’s a day of love!

Balance is essential.

So, maybe there are brides out there who just take it overboard. I’m definitely not talking about you specifically, girl. It’s just a fine line that many a bride cannot balance.

 

 

 

Post # 22
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217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Why didn’t I find this thread sooner?! LOL

We got engaged 3/8/10 and wedding is set for 5/12/12. It was within a month of our engagement that we had found and reserved our venue, decided on our wedding party, and knew that overall we just want to have fun. For now I am working on small DIYs like designing and gathering centerpiece supplies, flameless candles (Thank you Halloween for making them readily available!),Menu is pretty well secured, Invitations are close to being ready to print, & flowers are picked out. Like I said, the little stuff.We are lucky because our venue really will not need too much decorating.

As far as attire, there is a “dress dash” October 1 where every dress regardless of designer or style is $150. I have held out for this as well as the bridal show. If I don’t find something there that is ok too… I still have time to find something elsewhere if need be. 🙂

Getting an early start was SO important to me! I do not want to feel rushed or burdened with huge bills.

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We got engaged in late 2010, and I got some comments about planning way too early too.  But my fiance was deployed this summer, and he wanted to plan our wedding together, so we did a lot of planning before he left.  Plus, I am long-distance planning our California wedding from the east coast.  And we just bought a house, so making a budget and sticking to it is important to us.  The people who know all that background totally understand why we were planning so early.

So far we have booked the church, the reception venue, photography, videography, cake, DJ, floral/event designer, hair and makeup, rehearsal dinner, transportation, wedding paper, photobooth.  I have my wedding dress and veil and we ordered all the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses.  We did hotel blocks and did our gift registries and weddding website.  We did our engagement pictures before my fiance left, and I also did a boudoir shoot, so that he has pictures of me while he is away.  We also have our officiant and did our marriage preparation retreat since we are getting married in the Catholic church.  And I got wedding insurance in case his deployment gets extended.

It sounds kind of silly that so much is done already, but it’s been fun and not too stressful.

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i’ve done a lot but it’s mostly because our original date was 11-11-11. I’m DIY’ing pretty much everything except our clothing/rings so i really needed to get a jump on my crafting. I also hate waiting on stuff like this and it makes me anxious when i can’t do anything about certain things because it’s just too early to really worry about it. 

 

we have our venue, we’re not having a dj or photographer, we’re still trying to figure out the food situation, we’re making our own cupcake tree “cake”, i’m making all of the decor myself, doing the “flowers” (just using bunches of baby’s breath) myself…. what i *REALLY* need to work on is writing up our ceremony. We still need to figure out what Dear Fiance is wearing, we need to buy his ring… i’m completely scattered all over the place. lol. 

Post # 25
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

now that its november our May weddings are only SIX MONTHS AWAY! holy crap! No one has updated this thread in a while so i want to see where you’re all at planning wise. So far we have:

-Booked our ceremony/reception site

-picked out our menu

-sent save the dates

-booked photographer, videographer, DJ & officiant

-bought bridemaid dresses ($40 from Express! woot!)

-Bought my dress & started alterations

-Bought my shoes

-made 7 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 8 Groomsmen bouts and my bouquet (all fake flowers of course)

-Picked out grooms wedding ring

-ordered my guestbook

-blocked some hotel rooms

 

what about you guys? what have you done so far and whats left to do?

Post # 26
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I need to send save the dates …

First we were delayed because my friend did our engagement pictures, which was absolutely amazing!! But we did them July 10th and didn’t get them until October 28th. (3.5 months…)

Then it took about 2 weeks to make and receive the save the dates.

Now for the guest list … it was my fiance’s job to cut about 50 people (his family/friends) from the list. The problem is his mom sent him the list, so we don’t know who we can cut … aaaand we are getting married in his home town, so there are people that live there that won’t be invited… crap. He poured some whiskey, took 2 sips, cut 2 people and gave up.

So now we are delayed because I emailed the venue to get a quote for 100 people and 120 people (up from our current 80 person quote). So yes, I haaaave the save the dates, and bought labels and printer ink … but now I am stuck. (Also, if the venue quote is too much.. he is sending the list to his mom to cut, poor guy lol)

Any one else having 5/5/12 Save the Date delay anxiety?

We live in Seattle and are getting married in California .. how horrible is it that I haven’t sent out the Save the Dates? (All out of town guests that are invited, KNOW that they are invited… maybe that helps a bit?)

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I need to send out save the dates too…

We have the church, priests, venue (includes food, beverages, tables, chairs, china), florist, day of planner, photographer, videographer, DJ, limo, dress

Working on invitation design, ceremony music, photobooth, table linens, lighting and drapery, getting dress altered, finding fruit tarts for desserts

Post # 28
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456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

add another one to the needs to send out the save the dates list… 🙂  we should be getting them in the mail today so hopefully we’ll be getting them out this week.  fingers crossed!  we got engaged in october and had the venue/church booked, dress bought within a week but since then the whole planning thing has kinda stalled. 

Post # 29
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Lol I am still waiting for the new venue quote … we got engaged last Christmas (almost a year!!) and booked our venue in May .. so we have no excuse for our delay lol

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