Post # 1
I am already married and would love to renew our vows by our next anniversary. We got married when my husband got military orders to deploy. We are ready to start a family soon, but I would like to have a wedding first. I had two years to plan, but I have been stuck. We are on a budget and I really haven’t been finding much support so I feel alone in the planning process. In addition, my family lives far away, so I’m not sure if anyone would make it (maybe a few). Most of his family and our friends are here in Maryland. My ideal wedding would be a traditional wedding in a church with our friends and family there. I would also like my father to be involved by “giving me away” as it is traditionally in weddings. I would also like dancing and plenty of pictures. Having these pictures matters the most to me. I would prefer nice weather and sunlight, but I do understand my circumstances. Any ideas would be great! We live in Maryland and are close to DC and Virginia as well. We are on a $15,000 budget, and could possibly go slightly higher. I can lower my guest count if need be. I am going dress shopping this week, but I still don’t know what I am doing for my wedding. Since our anniversary is only two months away any tips, ideas, and advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
How many guests are you planning to have? I have no clue on churches, as a church wedding was never part of our plans. But reception spaces and such I may be able to suggest. Are you interested in an all-inclusive venue, one that at least comes with the core stuff, or finding and coordinating all of the vendors yourself? Do you want something that is Saturday evening formal, Friday night cocktails, or afternoon semi-formal, or maybe even brunch? Do you prefer historic venues, something more modern/contemporary, grand, cozy? How much are you setting aside for photography? What are your top 3-4 priorities? A little more info may make it easier to suggest places for you.
Post # 4
@j_lynn: I think you could definitely do that! Make it simple, that’s what will make or break this! With January being so close, yes, you’ll be pushing it, but you can do this. 🙂
ETA: You could look at small wedding chapels that include everything for you for around $3,000, if not less. You’ve got a good budget. We only had $6,000 to work with.
Post # 5
@j_lynn: Yes, it can be done! Find an all inclusive place, it will make things easier for you and you may get a really good price since its off season. I would find a venue by Thanksgiving and send Save the Dates by the end of Nov and invitations by 3rd week of December.
Post # 6
Thanks everyone! I am definitely looking for an all inclusive venue due to time. I prefer a church but I could do everything at the venue. I would like something fancy, but due to the timing and budget, I am okay with simple. I am still trying to figure out what I would like. I like the historic or modern/contemporary look. I also don’t mind investing in photography, since that is important. I hope that this helps! I will look into it some more and let you know, but if someone could suggest an all inclusive venue, then that would be great!