@tobemrstaddesse: Not even officially engaged yet, but we are planning for a summer 2014 wedding (and I’m hoping it will be June 8, since that’s our anniversary!). We both want a short engagement (6-9 months, so that’s a reason we don’t have a ring yet).
Anyways, I seriously have a lot planned already (well… for not being engaged).
-Family has offered their land for our wedding/reception venue, so we will definitely be taking them up on that, it is beautiful.
-One of my church pastors will be officiating. I have my mind on one specifically, but if he can’t, then there are like 4 others to choose from.
-Chairs and tables are also free to borrow from church.
-We have picked our wedding colors: Sangria, Navy Blue, and Light Grey.
-I have our invitations and response cards already, they just have to be printed on. We get free ink, so I can do that at home. (Invitation kits came from Goodwill $5 each, brand new, unopened from Target, originally $50 each… I got two)
-My bridesmaids have all already agreed to be there for me on my big day, whenever it may be. Two are my sisters, and the other two and I have been best friends since infancy (literally), so I 100% they will be there for me. He knows who he’d want as his guys, but obviously hasn’t asked yet.
-I already have purchased my 4 bridesmaids dresses (they came in today!).
-We will not be having dancing, since it mortifies both of us. So isntead of a DJ, we will have an ipod playing music in the background during the reception
-The only decorations we will have will be the centerpieces. The beauty of nature will be our decoration!
-Making flowers myself, yes FAKE flowers. Why pay so much money for something that will die that same day? Plus, people won’t be looking THAT closely at my flowers.
-SO and I want a cookie ‘cake’ for us, since neither of us like cake. I will make that. A large sheet cake from Sam’s Club will be served for the rest of the guests.
-Rough draft guest list is done, as well as collected addresses for 90% of guests
-Rough draft seating chart is also done!
-It will be a lunch time ceremony, so we were thinking burgers and barbecue, grilled by our dads.
As you can tell, we will be running a VERY tight budget, so the cheaper (and free-er) the better!
I feel like I’ve planned SO much more, but I can’t think of it right now.
So basically the only MAAAAJOR things I still need to do is get a dress for me and a photographer. There is a super discount bridal salon right near my house, so I am fine with waiting to find a dress until a little closer to the date.
I will do any and everything before I am engaged except for actually trying on a wedding dress! That’s the one thing I’m afraid would jinx everything. hahaha