(Closed) i dont know where to start

posted 5 years ago in September 2013
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Pick your ceremony and reception venues NOW.  I’ve found that the best things book 18 months to 2 years in advance.

Photographer should be the next thing on your list, because the good ones always fill fast.  The photographer I wanted for my wedding I called about 20 months in advance and they ALREADY had a wedding booked for that day 🙁

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

You have plenty of time. 🙂 Our wedding was planned in about 8 months and turned out awesome! First, start with your venues. You can’t really book anything else until you know where you’ll be holding the ceremony and reception. Once you get that, you can figure out caterers, flowers, photographers, etc. The Knot actually has a great checklist to follow if you’re completely lost!

Edit: Ah, posters after me were way smarter – budget and guest list! YES! That should be priority #1!

Post # 5
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122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes, I second The Knot for their checklist.  I hate The Knot for ideas.  Not everyone can afford a fireworks display and circus performers at their wedding 😉

Post # 6
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Honey bee

Budget! Before everything else, find out how much money you have/want to spend! You can’t do anything until you have a budget anyway. I fould a couple spreadsheets on Excel that really helped me out. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Good call on the budget!  Also make sure you envision where you’re going with this.  DIY wedding?  $30,000 ballroom blowout?

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Very first things to do are decide on the guest list and the budget, because you can’t really pick a venue until you know how much money you have to spend. And while you work on that, think about the vice you want for your wedding – traditional, modern, rustic, etc., and request info from venues. They’ll tell you their cost per person…which is why you need to know how many people you’re inviting and how much you can afford to spend!

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I planned my first wedding in less than 6 months so I know you can do it!

Basics:

1) Set your budget and guest list. 2) Pick your venue(s). 3) Book your photographer. 4) Book your caterer. 5) Book your DJ/videographer. 6) Pick your dress. 7) Pick your colors/theme. 8) Book your florist. 9) Choose your invitations. 10) Don’t forget the marriage license.

Go to your local library and pick up some wedding books to see what options are out there and I second using the knot checklist and budget tool.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We’ve got the same date, and I feel much the same way.

I’ve got my dress ordered, the guest list, the venue for the wedding and the venue for the reception, but that’s about it.  It feels like there’s lots I can’t do yet (too early), and lots I don’t know where to start with yet (i.e. hiring a photographer.  I don’t have a clue as to how to go about this and know no one that has been married recently where I live. I also haven’t nailed down the timings for the day yet, so that doesn’t help)

Once you’ve figured out your budget, i’d say the next thing to do is draft a guest list.  It’s hard to pick venues and get ideas about catering until you know how many people you will be entertaining.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Deep breaths! I also planned my wedding in about 10 months and I haven’t totally botched it yet!

I’d say your first big steps are to figure out your budget (for us that meant I had a chat with my parents in which I POLITELY ASKED if they planned to contribute while making it clear they didn’t have to and then thanked profusely when they obliged) and his parents also stepped up and said they wanted to contribute.

Then we made a list of what the most important must-haves would be. For example, I wanted a non-traditional venue like a museum.

Then we began the venue search. Once the venue was found everything else fell into place. They had preferred vendors we could choose from and it went from there.

Good luck, and try to have fun!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@kingbadu:  Sounds like you’re off to a great start! Hope you find a venue you love within your budget =) I know the guest list part can take a little longer especially once the parents get involved, but a rough estimate is useful.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t really have any else to add, just wanted to say good luck! You can definetely have a wonderful wedding planned in 10 months, I did!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Omg I feel the exact same way!

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